Are you typically in a hurry when you drive? If you frequently rush through your neighborhood to get to or from someplace in your car you may be in for an unpleasant surprise.
On August 11, 2020 the Toledo city council voted to double speeding fines on residential streets that have a speed limit of 25 mph. The push for doubled fines comes from the idea that slower traffic makes for safer streets.
“When we slow down traffic in our neighborhoods, we make our neighborhoods stronger,” said Toledo Councilman Sam Melden quoted in The Blade online newspaper.
Do Fines Reduce All Accidents?
This is a good question. A 2017 study done in association with the NYU Wagner School of Public Service showed that enforcement is a “necessary component of reducing roadway accidents, injuries and fatalities.” The report also stated that “all studies reviewed suggested that there is a correlation between enforcement actions and the number of accidents, injuries and fatalities that result
from traffic accidents” (9).
This is good news as everyone wants safe neighborhood streets. But is speeding the only danger to pedestrians, bicyclists and other drivers? The answer, sadly is no. There are many other factors that cause car accidents. The number one hazard on the road is not actually speeders, it’s distracted drivers, according to the United States Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That is second to driving while intoxicated. Speeding is the third most common cause of accidents.
Any time you or a loved one is involved in a car accident that is caused because someone else is negligent (speeding, drunk, texting or being reckless) it is in your best interest to speak with a personal injury attorney who can advise you of your rights.