‘Most accidents on this neighborhood are simply fender benders. However … an accident is usually a monetary catastrophe for a household’
By JAMES BELL
This week, the Hays Police Division launched a brand new program geared toward lowering the variety of accidents at downside areas in Hays.
Chief Don Scheibler stated throughout this system officers shall be onsite at locations which might be recognized for a excessive quantity of visitors or accidents.
“This system known as the Precedence Site visitors Enforcement Space Program,” he stated. “The aim of this system is to assist educate the general public on protected driving habits to realize voluntary compliance via enforcement motion. And to make communities safer by lowering the variety of accidents.”
This system will depend on officers situated at these areas, however Scheibler stated, schooling can be an essential part.
“The schooling portion we’ll try to use our social media to push out areas the place we’ll be at, areas of issues we’re looking forward to, and the way they will individuals can safely function their automobiles,” he stated.
Together with the schooling portion, Scheibler stated making certain drivers are extra cautious can scale back visitors accidents.
“I am completely assured (that if) we get individuals to cease for cease indicators,” he stated, “decelerate, flip in the precise lane, use flip alerts … we are able to scale back the variety of accidents.”
Precedence areas shall be chosen by the patrol supervisors primarily based on standards that embrace the accident volumes, excessive visitors areas public and resident complaints and officer suggestions.
Scheibler stated officers shall be assigned to chose areas each day and people officers shall be proactive, together with searching for distracted drivers.
“Distracted driving within the metropolis Hays is the brand new DUI,” Scheibler stated. “Folks driving beneath the affect was our greatest problem. … Individuals are on their cellphones, persons are taking a look at their Fb messages or their app messages and textual content messages and never taking note of driving at each one in all these areas. These are issues we’ll be taking a look at.”
Scheibler stated the roundabout is an effective instance, as they’ve lately seen an uptick in accidents within the peanut roundabout.
“That is been the large factor for me and the roundabout,” he stated “We put an officer up there in the midst of the roundabout and everyone obeys the visitors legal guidelines. All people’s additional cautious going via there, and we haven’t any issues. It is after we go away and we have now an unmarked arrange there. And now persons are failing to yield not paying consideration. And that is how we have now accidents.
“So it is a sign to me that persons are simply selecting to not obey the legislation, they’re both not yielding once they’re presupposed to yield or they’re altering lanes when they aren’t supposed to vary lanes. So we have now to coach them.”
Within the case of the roundabouts, Scheibler stated they launched a video on social media final week exhibiting how one can accurately navigate the roundabout.
“We put out a video final week to coach (the general public) on these issues,” he stated. “So we’ll try to educate them via social media and launch some info. However we’re additionally going to be on the market in these areas, implementing the visitors legal guidelines. I feel that that is the way you get that voluntary compliance, understanding there are penalties for selecting to not obey the legislation. And there are penalties. You will get a ticket, but in addition extra prone to be concerned in an accident.”
He attributes accidents there to automobile velocity, and drivers not yielding to enter the roundabout.
“There is a most velocity restrict posted up there,” Scheibler stated. “That is the utmost velocity restrict. That is not the minimal. So no person says they need to go that quick.
“They both presupposed to yield coming in there both and decelerate, put together to cease or cease, if obligatory. In order that they’re already presupposed to be slowing down, going within the roundabout. I do assume a part of the issue is individuals try to take these as quick as they will. And so they try to transfer via there. I do assume if, like several wherever — state freeway, interstate, wherever — if individuals decelerate a bit of bit, we might have much less accidents.”
Improper lane adjustments, he stated, are additionally a think about that location, inflicting accidents.
Two different areas have been recognized as problematic and can catch the attention of officers throughout this system’s rollout, Allen and thirteenth and the development zone close to twenty seventh and Corridor.
“We have had a number of harm accidents this yr 4 or 5 of them truly,” Scheibler stated of thirteenth and Allen. “And time and time once more, it is individuals failing to yield to cease indicators. Typically they cease for it, however then they try to shoot throughout. That’s not an intersection which you could simply cease and go, you bought to concentrate. Site visitors on each side and automobile parking on each side makes it tough to see typically. So actually, you need to look and guarantee that no automobiles are coming. For those who simply look and go, there is a good likelihood the automobile coming down the street, is being blocked by one on the road. … So you actually need to take your time at that intersection.”
This system is underway now and Scheibler stated no finish date has been set.
“We will be up there every time we are able to, or the areas shall be designated by the patrol supervisor. … In these areas, we are going to put out notices to the neighborhood that shall be in these areas. After which we’ll begin placing schooling info out to officers to be on the market implementing the insurance policies.”
And whereas this system is new, Scheibler stated visitors enforcement is all the time a precedence for the division.
“We all know that after we get individuals to drive safely we scale back accidents on this neighborhood,” he stated. “An accident would not sound like an enormous deal. A fender bender, that is it. Most accidents on this neighborhood are simply fender benders. However the actuality is, an accident is usually a monetary catastrophe for a household. A single mother making an attempt to boost children making an attempt to get her children to highschool and he or she has an accident and the automobile is disabled. She will’t get the children to highschool. She will’t get to work, cannot go choose up groceries. These are all life-changing occasions — as a result of numerous instances, any individual simply selected to not comply with the legislation.”