Traffic Tip: Speeding and following distances reminder

Dec. 3, 2011 at 6:03 a.m.

By Julian Huerta

With the holidays upon us, the Victoria Police Department wants to remind all drivers in Victoria to pay attention to the speed limit and your following distances along our streets.

(Excerpt from the Texas drivers handbook- page 8-1)

"A good driver always keeps a safe distance from the car in front of him/her. The faster you go, the greater the distance you should keep from the car ahead of you. A good rule is stay at least two seconds behind the vehicle ahead of you. Example: When the vehicle ahead of you passes a fixed object and you reach this same fixed object in less than two seconds you are following too close.

All drivers are required to obey posted maximum and minimum speed limits. These limits are designed to provide for the orderly flow of traffic under "normal" driving conditions. During periods of heavy traffic, inclement weather, low visibility or other poor driving conditions, speed must be adjusted so that accidents will be avoided."

Also, a friendly reminder to be watchful for our friends and family members who are riding motorcycles this holiday season, look for them in your blind spots. Make sure you use your turn signals before you go to change lanes or turn.

Why the emphasis on these particular traffic laws?

The holiday shopping season brings extra people to our city to shop and dine, and they come in vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Please make sure you are paying attention to the road in front of you and nothing else. The motor vehicle in the hands of an attentive driver is an excellent means of transportation, but in the hands of an inattentive or impaired driver, it can become a weapon of death and destruction.

The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit reminds you to drive safe. The life you save may be your own.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Sgt. Julian Huerta, Victoria Po lice Department Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700.



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