I was just a few miles over the speed limit, officer!

Even some police officers may be heard voicing the opinion that speed, on its own, does not cause crashes. But in safety terms this belief is highly flawed.

Many drivers resent being fined for speeding and some people say that speeding is not dangerous.

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Even some police officers may be heard voicing the opinion that speed, on its own, does not cause crashes. But both of these viewpoints are highly flawed because they are inevitably based on the person’s relatively limited experience, even if it happens to be a police officer who has attended hundreds of road crashes. It remains only anecdotal evidence.

Once large-scale data on this critical issue is viewed — which basically but bluntly means the body-counts for those killed or seriously injured, then the situation takes on a whole new meaning.

This is where the research-based assertions come from which outline, for example, that even small reductions in the average speed of traffic will have a very significant, positive effect on the overall number of casualties — not necessarily on one road, or in one town, or even a county, but nationally and even globally. This is how and why big data wins out over limited information.

For us all, as drivers, there are two key things to remember:

  1. Any fool can drive fast enough to be dangerous,
  2. The Golden Rule of Safe Driving

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Why Allowing No Front Licence Plates is Madness

In many American states and Canadian provinces it seems to be a growing trend that vehicles no longer need to have front licence plates, but from the perspective of serious crimes this is madness.

Here just a parked car, but imagine you were a police officer on your way to the scene of a violent robbery and you had a licence pale number for the criminals. This car is coming towards you and you have no chance of seeing its number. Maybe there’s even a kidnapped woman or child in the vehicle, in mortal danger. Some people think that having the front of the car “prettier,” without a license plate is more important, though! (Copyright image, 2017.)

Highway patrol policing never has been just about speeding and other traffic misdemeanors. The interception of criminals, often dangerous individuals, has always been a major role of such law enforcement officers.

Politicians who’ve never got their hands dirty or been close to anyone’s grief over a raped daughter or a murdered child think that there’s no need for front license plates.

Now imagine that you are a police officer on your way to a scene where a woman has been kidnapped by a known stalker who has violently attacked her in the past and is now breaching probation and a court order by going near her. Or maybe a known pedophile has kidnapped a child.

You have only a color for the vehicle but you do have a license plate number. However, many of the cars coming towards you have no front plate!

Why? Because politicians who’ve never got their hands dirty or been close to anyone’s grief over a raped daughter or a murdered child think that there’s no need for front license plates.

Yet these things very obviously do happen…. far too often!

And what about amber alerts? Do we want a suspect’s car to be able to get past a police car going in the opposite direction, all because the officer can’t get a look at the plate?

Before anyone says that the police can always look at the back plate then that only applies if the police vehicle is parked or by great good luck happens to be behind the criminal’s car. And incidentally, in the event of a serious crime police cars should typically only be strategically parked if there are very few roads emanating from the scene and a cordon is complete (with a narrowing dragnet inside it). But here are two questions to clarify this even farther:

  1. If you are driving and you can check only the cars going the same way as you, how many vehicles and license plates do you see in, say, ten minutes?
  2. But if you can read the plates of vehicles coming towards you, how many will you see in the same time period. The answer, of course, is hundreds more, so which method is inevitably more efficient in catching dangerous criminals?

That’s all we have to say about this because anyone who thinks this utterly needless situation is even remotely acceptable is undeserving of any additional polite words.

In the interests of what some might consider to be full disclosure, the writer of this post is a retired traffic patrol police officer and during his career was involved in the arrest of various criminals in the manner described above.

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This is How to Fine Wealthy People for Dangerous Driving Offences

A British television presenter has been fined £86,000 (US $123,000) for drunk driving and the resultant collision he caused.  He was also banned (US: ‘suspended’) from driving for 20 months.

Sadly, this only represents a few days’ salary for this man, but of course it’s significantly more appropriate than giving rich people the same, relatively small fines that are doled out to ordinary working people.

The amount does, however, exceed the previous highest drink-driving fine I have ever heard of, which was given a few years ago to a very highly-paid Norwegian businesswoman who was caught driving just over that country’s strict 0.02% BAC limit (with no collision involved).

What is your opinion?  Do you think that the very wealthy should be given much higher fines than regular people when they seriously endanger other individuals’ safety?

If you wish to read the full UK article, it is Ant McPartlin given biggest ever drink-drive fine as he is told to pay £86k, from the Telegraph.

Road Safety: In what way do “Black Lives Matter” the most?

A lost life — any lost life — is a tragedy, and road accidents* are a massive killer, so my title for this post is by no means meant to be annoying or offensive to anybody.

This topic comes from my former home city of Buffalo, NY, so in more ways than one it is a subject dear to my heart.

The original article is “Groups opposed to traffic safety checkpoints to sue Buffalo police,” from the Buffalo News.

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A motorcycle traffic cop in Buffalo, NY. (Copyright image.)

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Tennessee Talks About the Horrors of ‘The Knock at the Door’

We are posting this saddening topic here on the ADoNA website in the hope that it helps in the THSO’s aim of persuading people not to become the cause of a tragedy which requires this terrible outcome.

Photo of a Scene from the 'Knock at the Door' video
Scene from the ‘Knock at the Door’ video

The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) recently distributed a public service announcement called “The Knock at the Door,” to show what easily qualifies as the worst job in the world, namely the personal delivery by police and other law enforcement officers of fatality messages to unsuspecting loved ones.  A very large proportion of such messages relate to road and highway crashes.
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Video of an Excellent “Flying Escort” by Dutch Police Motorcycle Officers

Apart from saving lives by means of enforcement and obliging many errant drivers to drive more safely, highly-trained police motorcycle officers often help save lives in other ways, too.

This team of three are from the Netherlands, and this spectacular video brought back good memories from my own years on this job, in Britain.  It gives a very good insight into this relatively rare task of facilitating the fastest possible, safe conveyance of a critically ill or injured person to the most appropriate hospital.

New York is Top State in USA Enforcement Efforts to Make Highways Safer

NYS DMV Press Release – Monday, July 24, 2017

New York is the top state in the nation in taking steps to reduce injuries and fatalities on its roadways, a recent report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says. No state has taken as many steps to curtail the number of crashes as the Empire State. As a result, New York had one of the lowest rates of traffic fatalities per 100,000 residents in the nation, according to 2013 data cited in the report.

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USA: 10 Things Truck Drivers Do that Get them Pulled Over

Even without seeing the sub-headings, one can quickly deduce that the informative article linked below has been written by a retired highway patrol police officer.

Although you may not agree, all American drivers have a much easier time of it than do European drivers, the latter of whom can typically be stopped just because the police officer wishes to do so.  No other reason is required, although it is only right and proper that such ‘random stops’ can not be for racial or other wrongful discriminatory purposes.

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Semi-tractor-trailer at night.

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Arizona tells armed drivers how to avoid deadly confrontations in police stops

Following news, this week, that Michelin and the FIA have successfully created an agreement that, at long last, all state drivers’ manuals in the USA will soon carry identical and accurate advice about tire care, here is some dramatic news on a different safety topic, about the manual that is published for Arizona.

Arizona Highway patrol SUV (via KTAR)

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The German Police Versus a Dangerous Driver in a Stolen Car, at High Speed on the Autobahn — USE YOUR MIRRORS

The police in Germany chase and catch a driver in a stolen Audi A5 on the Autobahn. He drove at over 240 km/h (150mph) but lost control, left the road then hurtled back on, hitting another vehicle in the process.
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The German courts sentenced him to 3 years and 9 months in prison.
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*****This type of event, even though rare, is just one excellent reason for repeatedly checking your mirrors every time you drive and on any type of road, to help you minimize risk from behind.  Every 4-8 seconds is the usual guideline.*****
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