Drivers who exhibit impatient tendencies include those that follow other vehicles too close, speed, fail to stop at stop signs and traffic signals, cut through parking lots to avoid traffic signs and signals, fail to yield right of way to other drivers and other unsafe behavior such as cell phone usage that causes drivers to break the law.
These characteristics are among the most frequent causes of traffic crashes in Cadiz and across the state.
“During our traffic crash investigations, we are seeing many of the same factors that cause the crashes,” Chief Hollis Alexander said. “Driver impatience is at the top of that list. Too many drivers practice bad habits, and it’s those habits that become apparent at crash scenes. We are hoping the increased enforcement will correct some of these bad habits and, in return, lower the crash rate.”
Officers will focus on speeding in residential and high traffic areas, Alexander said. They will also watch for drivers who fail to yield the right of way and pull into traffic ahead of other oncoming vehicles.
“After driver inattention, failure to yield the right of way to other vehicles is the most frequent cause of crashes in Cadiz,” Alexander said.
Cadiz Police will also monitor intersections to make sure drivers comply with stop signs and stop lights. Kentucky law says drivers must come to a complete stop at stop signs and traffic signals. It’s also against the law to drive through an adjoining parking lot to avoid a stop sign or traffic light.
“We have received complaints of drivers cutting through parking lots, especially at the intersection of Main Street and Lakota Drive,” Alexander said. “There are businesses at each corner with a large amount of pedestrian activity in their parking lots, and impatient drivers driving through those lots present an increased risk of injuries.”
Officers will also look for other unsafe driving characteristics, such as cell phone use and/or texting that cause the vehicle operator to drive in a careless manner.
Nuisance violations such as loud music and loud mufflers will also be enforced.
Alexander said the department will utilize overtime money through the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety to supplement the daily patrol functions in order to target impatient drivers.
Said Alexander: “Our primary goal is to make the streets and neighborhoods of Cadiz a safe place to be for the residents.”
(Information for this staff report was submitted by Cadiz Police Officer Scott Brown.)