A couple of summers ago I traveled to Wisconsin and noticed how much better the
drivers behaved there. I asked a local about it and he explained that the state
more than doubled fines for traffic offenses a few years earlier. And they
enforce the fines. No suspensions.Run a red light = something like
$500 minimum. Speed in a construction zone = $800. Follow too close = $250 and
so on. Second offenses double the fine.He said that as soon as
Badger state folks realized the state was serious, accidents dropped way off.
So did insurance premiums. He said that when he has to drive out of state, he
feels like he's on a suicide mission.Maybe Utah could learn
Law enforcement officers and emergency responders (including tow truck drivers)
put it on the line every day. Thanks for your service!
Agree with above. Utah drivers are rude, reckless, and cause way to many
accidents. To bad our conservative legislator won't touch the issue. They are
to busy making sure that everyone carries a gun, regardless of where they live
or how qualified they are. What next gun permits from vending machines, Back to
driving, not enough UHP troopers on the road. We need to hire more. No chance
of that either.
I have the highest apreciation, love, and respect for our law officers -- who
are willig to put their lives on the line to keep us safe, help those in
trouble, and maintain law and order in our society, knowing that they may
have to take someone's life in a split-second decision (as to whether they
should shoot or not), only to be taken to court, having to defend their decision
to shoot. In some cases, it must seem to them to be a thankless situation --
risking their lives to protect others, only to be taken to court for doing so.
True, there may be a few who step over the line, but for the most
part, We owe them a great debt of gratitude and respect. I pray God
will bless and protect them as they go about their dangerous and sometimes
thankless but vitally important duties and service to the rest of us.
The policy of the Calif. Highway Patrol is to have officers who respond to
collision scenes in inclement weather stop their patrol car past the scene and
have all parties involved meet him there. This is a safer location for everyone
involved. This policy worked very well for me in my career.
I-15 is 65 mph for a dry, sunny condition.I get lights flashed,
horns honked, dangerously close cut-offs and the "bird" regularly for
obeying the law and driving the speed limit.I agree with one
old man | 9:07 a.m. Jan. 14, 2011about Wisconsin.Double the
fines, and use a progressive sentance for repeat offenders.Same thing workded in Seattle.6 times the numbers of drivers, 1/2 the same number of accidents as here.
The rollover was "just an accident" The second car hit an officer so
he is a "reckless driver"I don't get it. If the second
car was reckless why wasn't everyone who had an accident that day
Last night I encountered a pickup that had swerved and smacked into the barrier
at the right side of the road, down here in Provo in the construction where
there is no shoulder. I stopped to see if the driver was OK, and had to hang on
to his pickup as the road surface was incredibly slippery. That was probably why
the driver lost control: no traction. However, once his pickup was sprawled
across the road, and a couple of vehicles were also stopped, emergency flashers
blinking away, that should have caused people to slow down and be more careful.
But there were still people driving too fast, narrowly missing the pickup and
the emergency response people, spinning their wheels our of impatience or
stupidity, and in general being unsafe. I would call the pickup hitting the wall
just an accident, and any subsequent accidents at the scene the result of