Nobody likes to follow all of the rules. There is just sometimes one of those rules that you simply do not agree with. You might find a way around it with an excuse, or you might just flat out disregard it and do what you want. The trouble with that is that most rules are designed for your protection and for the protection of other people. This is true for many types of rules, including rules in traffic. You might not want to follow each and every traffic rule to perfection, but if you take some time to understand why they are set up, it could lead you to want to follow them better.
In 49 out of 50 states, there is a law concerning safety belts. Each state is allowed to make their own seatbelt laws, leaving some with front-seat laws only, and others that apply to front and rear-seat occupants. In 32 of those states, a police officer can stop the vehicle solely for the occupants violating the seat belt law. Why is this so important? Sixty three percent of people who die in a traffic fatality were not wearing a seatbelt. You might consider yourself a safe driver, but there are those out there who are not. It is possible that they will hit you and without your seatbelt, you could get seriously injured, even killed.
Most drivers have sped at one time or another. You’re late for an appointment, or you simply feel invigorated by speed. In fact, studies show that 85% of drivers choose to speed above the limit. This is why speed limits are set below the 85th percentile. If the traffic on a specific road drives at an average speed of 48 mph, the speed limit will typically be set at 45 mph. If Engineers know of other conditions that drivers do not, such as dangerous curves or impaired vision during certain hours of the day, they might even make the speed limit lower than the average speed of drivers. The very reason this is done is because of that 85% of people who speed. If the speed limit was set higher, people would drive faster. Traffic accidents at higher speeds typically result in more fatalities and more serious injuries.
In the year 2009, drunk driving accounted for 32% of traffic fatalities. You may not think that is too big a number, until you consider that 32% is 10,839 people. Any fatality is sad, but when it is one that could have been prevented by simply designating a sober driver, it adds to the misery. Many of those deaths were not the person who drank and drove. They were other people in the car with the drunk driver, and other innocent drivers who were on the road, minding their own business. In all fifty states, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level that is at .08 or above. Why? Because of that 32%. If you choose to drink and drive, you are not only risking your life and the lives of others, but you could end up with some serious lawsuits. If you survive.
As you can see, there are some real concerns if you choose to break the law. Traffic laws are put in place so that you and the others on the road are protected and safe. The next time you think about breaking traffic rules, consider the facts and drive safe.
Lawrence Reaves writes for Chucker Reibach, reckless driving attorneys who provide defense in cases of reckless driving including speeding and DUIs. For more information about Chucker Reiback visit this site.