Cars are faster now than ever before. Due to the ever changing stages of vehicle technology, engineering and traffic technology, and the fact that life in 2016 moves faster than ever before, it has prompted the United States, Canada, and other parts of the world to change traffic laws to keep up with the changing times. This means that laws can get changed so quickly that you may not be aware of the changes that have taken place. This fact can lead you to receive traffic violations and tickets for laws that you didn’t know you were breaking.
The average amount of vehicles on American roadways have averaged about 2.54 million since 1960. This has been a steady increase. It has been estimated that the average number of vehicles currently in operation on the road will last 11.5 years. The numbers will then increase again over the next 3 years. This means that with steady vehicle ownership rates and continued increase of ownership of vehicles per capita over the next few years will continue to drive traffic laws to change.
What types of changes are currently taking place? One big change that has been increasing for many years is the use of traffic cameras. Not all states within the U.S. currently have laws allowing the use of traffic cameras, however, some states do permit the use of them. 433 communities within the United States are using cameras at red lights in order to catch any violations such as failure to yield for pedestrians, or running the traffic lights. Also, speed cameras are used in 140 communities around the country in order to clock and record speeds on certain roads. Speed cameras are also used in Oregon, Illinois, and Maryland to catch speed violations in work zones. Currently 13 states have passed laws that prohibit the use of speed cameras. 28 states have no laws on the books regarding the use of cameras at this time. 12 states, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Virgin Islands have at least one speed camera in use in one location. These types of laws usually go unnoticed unless they are heavily reported upon and can catch many drivers off guard. They usually aren’t aware they have been caught on a speed camera until the receive a citation in the mail.
Another change that is taking place are changes with penalties for bike riders and motorcyclists. With more and more smaller vehicles on the road traffic laws have changed to meet the rising use of these smaller vehicles. The increase can be contributed to changes with environmental policy and the rising cost of gasoline. Some states have imposed new red light laws with regard to motorcycles and bicycles. For example, many state have enacted laws that allow motorcyclists to proceed through red lights when sensors don’t pick up their vehicle. These laws make it even more prominent for those driving a motor vehicle to look out for those on motorcycles as many opponents of the law have said some people simply won’t use common sense when it comes to practicing the new law. Motorcycle lobbyists say that it is a common sense law and they are advocating that motorcyclists use it with caution.
Changes in traffic laws will continue to evolve as more and more new actions take place around the country with regard to how we approach travel. Make sure that you keep up with your state’s changing traffic laws.
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