With the rash of new laws and procedures that took place this year intended to improve safety for drivers on the road, it is interesting to keep in mind — and take some perspective on — some of the passing trends in automobile safety. Interestingly, the city of Naperville voted to let contracts expire on their existing red light cameras.
While there are certainly a number of reasons that this, and other, municipalities may have for doing away with these devices, it is easy to forget that just a few years ago, these devices were all the rage, and were being praised as an important tool in the future automobile safety.
While certainly, it may have achieved its’ goals in many ways, and had its’ fair share of unwanted side effects (such as the blinding flash bulb light that many drivers find distracting), it is still too young of a technology to truly gauge the overall success or failure. There is, however, a lesson to be taken from the ushering in of new measures to improve driving safety and the phasing out of old measures — the best defense against the dangers of the road is a vigilant driver.
Keeping a keen eye for traffic conditions, anticipating potential hazards from other drivers, and avoiding your own potential distractions are the best ways to avoid a potentially painful and costly accident. And it is important to keep in mind that, for all the new laws and regulations that affect your legal rights in a potential lawsuit, at the end of the day, the questions that matter in such cases come down to the conduct of the drivers themselves.
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