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The Forgotten Rules of the Road: In-Town Traffic Violations

The Forgotten Rules of the Road: In-Town Traffic Violations

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In-town driving is such a common task that drivers are doing it distracted or even mindlessly.

Rolling through stop signs, not using your blinker, speeding, these are all common mistakes views find most frustrating, and something the Kearney Police Department sees a lot of.

In today's day and age driving has become one of the most common daily activities, and when things become common they can also become mindless, or and auto pilot type of task.

And according to Brandon Bentiz with the Nebraska Safety Center, a much more dangerous place for drivers.

"It's just one of those things, we get used to it. we travel the same old roads a lot of the times and the same days. We travel the same types of roads day after day. We just get so comfortable with a certain behavior and then we start to take chances," he says.

Chances like speeding and rolling through stop sings, but also violations that many don't seem to know are violations at all.

"Any one of the controlled intersections where there's traffic lights, people will pull into the turn lane and pull out to the middle of the intersection and wait for traffic to clear. and a lot of times they end up turning through a red light because they're sitting there in the intersection and that is a violation," says KPD patrolman Derek Payton.

According to the Nebraska Department of Roads 2012 crash report nearly 64 percent of all accidents happened locally where people regularly drive.

And in nearly all of them speed or not paying attention was the main cause.

Officer Payton's advice to avoid these mishaps,"It seems like everybody becomes a perfect driver when they see a cop behind them, or in front of them. And I would say that as far as that goes that advice would be to drive like there's always a cop around. People always seem to slow down and drive a little better or use their signals. It's better in the long run that way."

 

Being more aware of these distractions can prevent accidents and possibly getting pulled over.

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