Traffic tickets have a way of ruining your day. Rolling through stop signs, rushing to catch the yellow light, turning without a turn signal – all of these actions create additional risk of accidents with other cars or pedestrians. And even if you obey all of the rules of the road, you would be hard pressed to go a single day – or even a single drive – without seeing someone break a traffic law.
No matter how careful you are when you drive there will be times when other cars on the road simply aren’t where they should be. Maybe the driver was texting, or maybe a bee stung them in the cheek. No matter the cause, all you can control is how you drive and how you protect yourself. Being aware of your surroundings and the other cars on the road can help you avoid most accidents. But, since you can’t control other drivers, wearing your seat belt is the safeguard that can save your life – and it takes less than two seconds.
Starting on May 19, 2014 and extending through Jun 1, police will be looking for drivers not wearing their seat belts. This comes at a time when fatalities are up for the first time in five years, according to the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Over 10,000 people were killed in vehicular accidents in 2012 while not wearing seat belts, a number law enforcement officials are attempting to reduce with the Click It or Ticket campaign.
Is wearing your seat belt a guarantee you won’t come to harm in an accident? Of course not. The same way a life vest isn’t a guarantee you will survive if your boat sinks in the middle of the Pacific. But it sure is better than trying to get by without one. Your confidence in your driving abilities, the short distance you may have to travel, the quality of your car, none of these will prevent an accident 100% of the time as every one discounts the impact other drivers have in an accident.
So please wear your seat belt. It only takes one accident, one careless driver, one dog darting across the road, to change your life forever. Make sure you do everything you can to minimize the damage should the worst happen.
We will soon be adding a Traffic Ticket section to this website to provide additional information and resources on refuting or complying with traffic citations. In the meantime, if we do not have the information you were looking for, please request we post on that topic by contacting [email protected] and visit the additional resources linked throughout the Roberds Law Firm website.
And if you or someone you know has received a traffic ticket, remember you have an ally in Attorney Ben Roberds. Call the Roberds Law Firm on the Bentonville Square to discuss your options at 479-464-0904.