If you’re involved in a Saint Petersburg highway crash at the hands of someone else’s unsafe driving habits, it’s a double tragedy. In many instances where speed causes accidents, a tragedy that might have been prevented if other drivers hadn’t exceeded speed limits and/or possibly abused drugs or alcohol before getting behind the wheel.
In February, five people died in a Tampa car crash on Interstate 275 because someone was driving the wrong way on the interstate. Around that same time, there were two other accidents resulting from speeding violations that resulted in three more fatalities, one involving a motorcycle crashing into a concrete wall. Again, speed causes accidents. Their stories are shared along with the details of the Interstate 275 accident in the Tampa Bay Times.
COMBAT SPEEDING ACCIDENTS
You can’t make someone else’s decisions for them as they get behind the wheel of a St. Petersburg vehicle. According to the National Safety Council, “Speed is involved in about one out of three fatal crashes.” Trying to get other drivers not to speed remains a significant challenge. Speed causes accidents. What factors can help make a change?
• Speed Enforcement Cameras
• High Visibility Enforcement
• Speed Regulators
• Traffic Calming Measures
Speed Enforcement Cameras
These cameras have been set in place by law enforcement agencies trying to better enforce speed limits by catching those on camera who are breaking the laws. There is also “automated license plate recognition” technology that has been in place in central Florida since 2006, as this video demonstrates.
High Visibility Enforcement
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, this technology is a universal approach to safety that is designed to stop unlawful traffic behaviors. In this method, a combination of very visible law enforcement efforts are utilized, along with a strategy to better educate the public about the laws and promote voluntary compliance.
With this device, sometimes also called a “governor,” sensors detect your speed and relay that information to the engine’s computer, which has in its memory the top speed that vehicle is allowed to go. In 2011, the NHTSA looked at mandatory speed limiters for heavy-duty trucks. The speed limits for passenger cars vary. If accidents caused by speeding continue to occur, could we be looking at more “speed regulators” in the future?
Traffic Calming Measures
These measures can include speed humps, speed tables, raised intersections, a speed table, or certain road closures.
- A speed hump can be used on residential streets; it’s typically not recommended for major roads or intersections. It is a raised area of pavement; the shape is generally round; and it can be from 12 to 14 feet in length.
- A speed table is a long raised hump, flat in the middle, sloping to ramps on both ends. It is most often used for local streets and main roads in small communities.
- A raised intersection is most typically used in developed urban areas, together with other traffic calming nuances.
- Road closures are a last resort and are often used to deter crime, as well as cut down on speeding issues.
- Neighborhood traffic circles include raised islands in the middle of intersections, which traffic has to circle in order to maneuver through. These are typically used in residential neighborhoods
- A Chicane is a series of narrowing roads usually forming an “S” shaped curve, using curve extensions.
- A Choker narrows a street by extending a sidewalk for local and collector streets.
- Center Island Narrowing occurs when raised islands in the center of a street narrow the travel lanes.
You can’t stop everyone from speeding and you can’t prevent all accidents. You can take precautions yourself and try to share information about the hazards of speeding with others. If you find yourself involved in an auto collision of any kind, it’s always wise to speak with a personal injury attorney who is familiar with the state laws.