Do Fewer Traffic Regulations Lead to Fewer Accidents?
Driving a vehicle on a public road is a complex undertaking. Motorists must be constantly mindful of what’s going on around them. Unexpected changes in weather, road, or traffic conditions may require an immediate adjustment. Traffic regulations and signals, like speed limits and traffic lights, are designed to help drivers navigate the complexities of the road as safely as possible. Counter-intuitively, however, some recent studies have shown that more traffic regulations may actually increase the risk and occurrence of traffic accidents. If you’re fighting a traffic citation, contact a Georgia traffic Attorney to discuss your case.
A study conducted by a behavioral psychologist who found that “traffic signs actually make streets more dangerous.” John Staddon, who performed the study, says that traffic signs and signals train drivers to look around for instructions instead of paying attention to the road and adjusting accordingly. Drivers are relying on signs to help them make decisions, instead of their own judgment. Thus, drivers have a harder time developing the type of quick critical thinking skills that are so important to safe driving habits.
Based on this theory and others like it, many places around the world have scaled back on traffic signs and regulations. Drivers in Great Britain encounter fewer stop signs, and more roundabouts. Roundabouts don’t have any hard and fast rules, and to navigate them successfully, drivers must only “give way to traffic coming from the right” according to the CSM. Many American states and cities have started investing in this trend, installing roundabouts at previously dangerous intersections. Not only do roundabouts cut down on traffic signs, they also eliminate left hand turns, a prime location for many traffic accidents.
No matter how traffic regulations, signs, and signals evolve in and around Georgia, be committed to being as safe and aware as possible whenever you’re on the road. Minimize distractions, drive appropriately to accommodate road and traffic conditions, and always remember that anything can happen at any time.
If you’ve been charged with violating a traffic regulation, contact an Atlanta traffic Attorney to discuss your case. Don’t risk with potentially long-term consequences of having a violation on your record. Call our office to schedule a consultation and find out more about your options.