Our state (Illinois) has been running this ad campaign Click It or Ticket for a number of years. To me, it’s heavy on the law (enforcement) and less an education campaign. It seems the State of Illinois feels it’s more effective to threaten drivers with a potential ticket than perhaps taking a more educational role informing drivers of the value in wearing your seatbelt. Regardless, it’s an important issue that needs to be addressed and even though I question their approach to this campaign. And the campaign has saved many lives over the years by getting more motor vehicle passengers to buckle up.
This brings me to the crux of my post. Seat belt enforcement is great and I’m glad it’s having a positive effect but there are a number of traffic rules I’d love to see focused on by law enforcement officials. Based upon my empirical perspective from over 30 years of driving, I rarely witnessed anyone pulled over for any of these infractions listed below.
One thing to note. I’m not suggesting that all law enforcement officials begin to strictly enforce all of these traffic rules. It would be nice to see some of these laws enforced from time to time but I also understand the priority law enforcement officials have. I also understand many budgetary constraints behind enforcing every law on the books. Indeed, some of these infractions are minor and I know there are many other more serious infractions will take priority. It’s just important for law enforcement officials to keep these things in mind at the right time. Better enforcement means better driving and fewer accidents. It also might mean fewer people will feel inclined to take the law into their own hands or become antagonistic with aggressive or inconsiderate drivers.
8 OTHER TRAFFIC RULES THAT COULD BE ENFORCED
Use your directional or blinker
People forget to do this. This is dangerous when other cars are not very visible when it rains, snows, is foggy or in a light mist. Good guide: If you need or think you need to use your windshield wipers, automatically confirm that your front head lights are on so you’re more visible to other motorists.
On the cell phone and inattentive driving
Tailgating someone who’s driving the speed limit or 5 mph above on local roads
Tailgating is plain rule and dangerous. Even if you think the car ahead of you is going too slow, be patient and wait to pass. I’ve often been in this situation following someone who I think is going too slow but who knows his or her situation? Maybe they’re lost, approaching construction signs, or having issues viewing the roadway, we need to back off and give them some space. They’ll be an opportunity to move ahead at some point. Tailgating is obviously not the right approach regardless of the situation.
Boom box music
If you drive by a car or one pulls up from behind and it sounds like a concert, chances are they’re playing the music too loud. Is not loud music a form of pollution (noise)? Am I the only person who feels that way? If you want to attract attention to yourself, find venues that are more constructive.
Weaving in and out of traffic
This occurs in town and on the highway. This attitude and behavior sets such a potentially destructive tone on the roadway.