Accident scenes: Make effort to keep traffic moving

Published 7:00 am Friday, September 19, 2014

Thursday a vehicle drove through the front of the Donut Hole on Memorial Boulevard, making for a scene that many slowed to witness.

The problem comes in when motorists rubber neck and drive too slowly past the accident, causing the potential for another accident to occur. Of course motorists should slow when passing such a scene to avoid striking an emergency responder.

Law enforcement and other emergency personnel have a tough job to do when they respond to these incidents without having to worry about getting struck by a vehicle.

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They have the wounded to tend to, traffic to divert and their own safety to look after. But when motorists cause more traffic to build up by driving by too slowly to get a glance of what occurred they cause other drivers to become irate, thereby leading to the potential of road rage, which in turn can lead to more accidents.

As traffic slows unexpectedly other drivers not paying attention may inadvertently crash into the rubber necking driver, now the emergency personnel are spread thin to react to not one, but two accidents.

This is an issue worldwide, and not dealing with just car accidents.

Humans are curious by nature. Additionally if they have to spend time in traffic due to someone else slowing near an accident scene they feel they are entitled to a little peek.

There is no sure fix to this problem but here are some suggestions.

For one, no one can turn off the curious nature we all have inside, but we can make a conscious decision to at least keep a steady pace when passing an accident scene so as to avoid causing another mess.

Additionally law enforcement could employ the use of special screens to block the view of an accident scene, but a number of logistics come into play such as wind speed and the ease of setting the sometimes cumbersome devices.

So make an effort to keep traffic moving when passing an accident scene. The life you save may be y