WATCHING FOR THAT ‘BLIND SPOT’…..
Traffic Stop Tuesday Postings are presented by the McPherson Police Department
This Tuesday they are talking about ‘WATCHING FOR THAT BLIND SPOT’.
Today, ‘Traffic Stop Tuesday’ is going to discuss that DRIVING ON ROADWAYS LANED FOR TRAFFIC WHILE WATCHING FOR THAT ‘BLIND SPOT’.
Have you ever started to make a lane change and narrowly avoided a collision with another vehicle, because you were unaware that they were beside you?
You checked your side mirrors and rearview mirror and thought it was clear to proceed to a new lane – however, you forgot to check your ‘BLIND DPOT’.
A BLIND SPOT is an area around your vehicle, which is not visible at the controls of your vehicle, under existing circumstances.
Unfortunately, according to Standard Traffic Ordinance 46, you would have been at fault if a collision had happened.
Standard Traffic Ordinance 46 (A) on ‘Driving on Roadways Laned for Traffic’ states:
- Whenever any roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic, the following rules in addition to all other consistent herewith shall apply – –
- A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.”
There is a simple solution to solve the ‘BLIND SPOT’ issue so you can make a safe lane change or turn.
Remember to turn your head to check and behind your shoulder in the direction of your intended movement, in addition to checking your rearview and sideview mirrors.
When was all do this – we avoid collisions and make the roadways much safer.
(This week – TRAFFIC STOP TUESDAY is SPONSORED by CrossDove Creations)