Conyers Man Urges Drivers to Slow Down and Pay Attention
School is out for the summer and more children are out playing in their yards and riding bicycles around the neighborhood. This means that it is even more critical that drivers slow down and pay attention when driving through residential areas. One Conyers man has made it his mission to ensure drivers slow down on his street and is getting public officials involved in the campaign.
He is a local DJ who has been concerned about speeding drivers on Underwood Road ever since his wife was hit as she pulled into the family's driveway. His home sits between Salem High School and Memorial Middle School, yet he describes the street as a raceway. As such, this local man and several of his neighbors are attempting to make their street a little safer.
Using a radar gun, the concerned citizen is tracking drivers who pass by on his road, which has a speed limit of 35 miles per hour. Thus far, he has caught drivers traveling at 67 plus miles per hour. He is worried for the children playing outside who often cross the road.
Armed with data as to the number of speeding drivers, the Conyers man was able to attract the attention of the Rockdale County Commissioner, who quickly involved the Sheriff's Office. Underwood Road is now being monitored vigilantly for speeders and a number of fast moving drivers have been pulled over.
Speed is a Major Contributing Factor in Thousands of Accidents
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that since 2004, speed has been the direct cause of approximately one third of all fatal car accidents. It is estimated that motor vehicles traveling at excessive speed kill over 13,300 individuals each year. Speed prevents drivers from being able to stop on time in the event of slowed cars ahead, pedestrians, bicyclists, or other obstacles. Speeding drivers can slam into cars or pedestrians due to their inability to stop in time, inflicting deadly injuries. The faster a vehicle is traveling, the more likely the injuries are to be serious or life threatening.
Speeding drivers can be held accountable for the injuries they inflict due to their negligent actions. The most important aspect of any speed related car accident case will be establishing the excessive speed of the at-fault driver. This can be accomplished through traffic cameras, witness accounts, black box evidence and physical evidence from the scene of the crash.
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