Laws, regulations and action taken by law enforcement agencies can prevent accidents and injury. On the nation's roads and highways, traffic lights, weight restrictions, speeding limitations and other laws protect motorists to prevent collisions. Now, the Greensboro Police Department, along with other law enforcement agencies, is taking a new, aggressive approach to prevent accidents.
The initiative, known as the "zero tolerance" law enforcement project will begin this month to crack down on traffic violations on a busy stretch (Wendover Avenue) in Greensboro. The move could signal a wider impact for citizens throughout North Carolina. Our Greensboro car accident attorneys are dedicated to preventing accidents and raising awareness about driver safety.
Reckless and negligent driving increases the likelihood of an accident. In addition to obvious offenses like running a red light, blowing through a stop sign, or speeding, drivers may also be in violation of the law when driving while texting or while using a cell phone. Driving under the influence is also a serious risk to motorists and passengers, also threatening pedestrians and bikers. Violations of local and state law could result in an accident and leave drivers open to civil and criminal penalties.
Under a new initiative, officers from the Greensboro Police Department and local authorities from the Guilford Country Driving While Impaired Task Force and the NC State Highway Patrol will be issuing citations to violators. In addition to traffic citations, drivers may also face additional punishments, including fines, loss of license, and in the most severe cases, jail time.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Greensboro Police Department and University Police Departments plan to issue traffic citations with a "zero tolerance" approach. This means that drivers will be cited if driving even one mile per hour over the speed limit. Law enforcement agencies and officers who have initiated the project believe that it will create an overall awareness to prevent violations and ultimately, prevent accidents and injuries.
In addition to speeding violations, officers will be targeting offenders who are caught driving while texting, failing to wear a seat belt, distracted driving and drunk driving. All of these traffic violations pose a significant risk to other motorists and passengers on the road. Victims of an accident should review police records to determine the cause of the accident and whether the driver was at fault. Any traffic citation or violation could be evidence of negligence and used in a civil matter.
Agencies involved in the initiative have acknowledged the dangerous nature of these traffic offenses. By increasing awareness of driver negligence, law enforcement centers and officers hope to prevent serious and deadly automobile accidents. According to the Greensboro PD, 11 traffic accidents have killed 14 people this year alone in Greensboro. There were 811 motor vehicle accidents in the past two years and 47% of those accidents resulted in injury or fatality.
If you are ever pulled over for a traffic violation, you should pull over to the side of the road immediately. Wait for an officer to approach your vehicle and remain mindful of hazards on the road. When pulling back into traffic, be careful of oncoming vehicles.
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