41 million people, nearly 21 percent of the driving population,
receive a speeding ticket every year. Only Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York issue more speeding citations
than California. With all these tickets, you would think that speeding
is the most dangerous violation on the road. But that is not the case.
It is not speed that kills in Kern County, but speed variance. Drivers
who either operate vehicles that are inappropriate for the roadway, such
as riding a moped on a state highway or other high-speed road, or who
use the left lane as a driving lane instead of a passing lane, cause other
motorists to zip in and out of traffic, often without signaling. While
it's true from a physics standpoint that the faster you are going
the more likely it is that in accident you will be killed, the relative
safety of the autobahn and other places with high speeds but more careful
drivers reminds us that it is very rarely speed by itself that causes
Tailgating is risky at any speed. By giving yourself less time to react
to an emergency in front of you, you are almost inviting trouble. Tailgating
also leads to road rage and traffic congestion.
With more technology than ever, distracted driving is more of a problem
than ever in Tulare County. Once upon a time, a driver may be distracted
only by talking to a passenger or adjusting the radio dial. Now, all manner
of phone calls, emails, texts and status updates bombard us constantly,
taking our concentration off the road. Distracted driving is especially
a problem among very young drivers, who may lack the experience needed
to compensate for a driving mistake.
Waiting your turn is just as big of an issue for children at the water
fountain as it is for adults at an intersection. By ignoring or overlooking
the rules of the road, including those that are unwritten, you create
a hazard for all other motorists around you.