Rat-Running Prevention Methods
In a tactic known as rat-running, some drivers are convinced that they have bypassed the troubles of modern motor traffic. Instead of sitting in a long line of cars for what can feel like hours, these drivers cut through side streets and residential areas, avoiding traffic lights and the slow grind of more direct routes. However, while these drivers may have found a solution to an obvious and annoying problem, it is not a safe driving habit.
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As rat-running is primarily done to either improve speed or gas mileage, drivers may want to push the limits of safe driving in order to get to their destinations in less time or at a steadier rate. The resulting problems can be motorists blowing through stop signs, driving at unsafe speeds on residential streets, or even momentarily cutting down one-way roads in the wrong direction. In response to these bad driving behaviors, some towns and cities have used some of the following tactics:
- Increased use of speed bumps
- Increased police presence or traffic cameras
- Labyrinth-like residential streets to confuse drivers
- Increased use of one-way streets
- Banning turning into a street at a certain time
These efforts work to reduce the number of rat-runners overall by either increasing the illegal profile of their actions or making it less likely for a person to save any time by cutting through a certain area. However, if a person continues with these irresponsible behaviors, there may be serious consequences.
If you have been injured because of a rat-runner, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. For a free consultation regarding your rights as a motorist, contact the Waukesha car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today at 800-242-2874.