Traffic Stop Tuesday Postings are presented by the McPherson Police Department

This Tuesday they are talking about ‘FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY’.

Today, ‘Traffic Stop Tuesday’ is going to discuss that TAILGATING or FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY ais frustrating and dangerous.

Following too closely (tailgating) is not only frustrating, but it is also unsafe and a traffic infraction.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, four out of every ten rear-end collisions, result from a motorist following too closely.

Standard Traffic Ordinance 47(a) on FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY states:

  • The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent,
  • Having due regard for the speed of such vehicle,
  • And the traffic upon and the condition of the highway or roadway.

Weather, road conditions, and traffic influence how far this distance is.

You must be able to stop or turn in order that you can avoid a collision if the vehicle in front of you suddenly stops.

For your safety and the safety of other motorized vehicles, a good rule to remember for prime conditions is the 2-second rule, and for adverse conditions increase the distance to 4 or more seconds.

Choose an object near the roadway ahead – such as a sign, tree, or overpass – and as the vehicle ahead of you passes it, slowly begin to count aloud, “one thousand one, one thousand two”.

If you reach the same object before you finish counting, then you are following too closely.

Please use this information to avoid frustrating, unsafe conditions and traffic infractions, the next time you are traveling down the road.

(This week – TRAFFIC STOP TUESDAY is SPONSORED by CrossDove Creations)

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