A Warning To Tailgaters

According to recent Bay News 9 reports, the Tampa Police Department has a new tool to catch drivers that violate traffic laws.

In fact, a growing number of law enforcement agencies are discovering the benefits of using this new tool to help solve an old traffic enforcement problem: following too closely. Until now, there has been no means of measuring the speed and distance between the offending driver’s car and the car ahead of him or her. Officers have been powerless to consistently enforce the highway safety industry’s three second rule. This rule is a safety guideline applied to vehicles on major roads or highways that suggests the minimum distance a driver should be from the vehicle in front of him or her. Following this rule, the distance traveled in three seconds is the minimum distance.

Police are now using DBC (distance between cars) software to identify drivers that are following too closely. The software measures the distance and/or time between two traveling vehicles in addition to the speed of both vehicles. It uses technology similar to that used to catch speeders.

As of Thursday morning, Tampa police had issued 15 warnings. Tailgating is considered a moving violation and carries a $151 fine. Following too closely is one of the leading causes of rear end collisions.

This is a good reminder of the importance of obeying all traffic laws. Drive safely and be on the lookout for those who don’t. If you, a family member or a friend is injured in a car accident because of the negligence of another driver, speak with an attorney about your legal rights. The personal injury attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes have been caring for clients in the Tampa Bay area for over 55 years. Contact us today!

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