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Law enforcement officials encourage drivers to use extreme caution
by Danay Gilley
Jun 05, 2012 | 843 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
KARNES COUNTY – Local officials say that over the last several months Karnes County has seen a huge increase in the number of vehicle accidents.

In light of the increase local law enforcement agencies are encouraging all drivers to be extremely cautious.

Local law enforcement agencies suggest all drivers be alert and drive defensively.

Authorities recommend that drivers not only be aware of their driving but be on the lookout for other drivers that may not be paying attention.

It is recommended that drivers allow extra travel time so that they are not rushing.

According to information from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) most crashes in Texas result from speeding, failure to yield, driving under the influence of alcohol, following too closely and running red lights and stop signs.

Drivers who use cell phones in their vehicles have a higher risk of collision than drivers who don’t – whether holding the phone or using a hands-free device.

Officials published the following tips for driver:

Don’t tailgate or flash your lights at another driver.

If you’re in the left lane and someone wants to pass, move over and let the driver pass you.

Use your horn sparingly.

Slow down and drive to conditions.

Drive friendly - yield to other drivers and be courteous.

Maintain a safe following distance.

Look both ways before you enter an intersection.

Signal every turn and lane change.

Stop at red lights and stop signs.

Don’t drive if you’ve been drinking.

Trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and may need up to 100 yards to stop. Here are some tips to help keep you safe when you drive near trucks:

Maintain a safe following distance. When the vehicle in front of you passes a fixed object, you should be able to count at least two seconds before you pass the same object.

Don’t squeeze between trucks and the curb. Trucks make wide right turns, and the driver may not see you.

When passing a truck, don’t move back into your lane until you can see both truck headlights in your rearview mirror.

Be aware of a truck’s blind spots: up to 20 feet in front of the tractor, anywhere along the sides of the trailer and up to 200 feet behind the trailer.

Never cross behind a truck that is backing up.

Drivers going around school buses while they are loading and unloading students are creating another danger to local residents.

Texas laws require drivers to stop for flashing red lights on a school bus, regardless of which direction you’re headed.

Continue your trip once the bus has moved, the flashing lights stop flashing or the bus driver signals it’s okay to pass.

Drivers caught violating this traffic law can receive a $1,000 fine.

Motorists driving around or near a school bus should be alert and remember the following tips: obey the posted speed limit ,traffic fines double in school zones, keep an eye on children gathered at bus stops, watch for children who might dart across the street to catch the bus or children crossing the street when exiting the bus.
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