Collisions on the rise, but easily avoidable

BY ALLIE HULCHER/ REPORTER

Collisions have been on the rise in Madison, according to the Madison City Police Department.

In July of last year, 15 collisions were reported. The first week of July of this year has already seen 10 collisions.

A steady rise of collisions can be seen since spring: 79 collisions were reported in April, 81 in May, and 91 in June.

Policemen have noticed one problem in particular that is the cause of many collisions – drivers are following the cars in front of them too closely.

Following too closely shortens the reactionary gap, or the crucial time in which a driver can decide how to handle a crisis, and avoid a collision.

“Drivers need to see [the problem], process it, and make a decision of how to react to it,” Lieutenant John Stringer said.

Stringer attributes the growth in the area to the growing numbers of collisions.  He said the three primary contributing circumstances to collisions are following too close, failing to yield right of way and the driver not being in control, which includes any type of distraction.

“If we’re tuning our radio or sending a text, we’ve cut down the reactionary gap even more,” Stringer said.  “By the time you see the stimulus, there’s a good possibility that you’ve already struck it.”

Stringer encourages drivers to drive defensively, reduce distractions in the car as much as possible, and leave early.

“I know it’s frustrating when we get in long lines of traffic,” Stringer said.  “We may feel like we’re taking control and pushing the traffic forward.  But all we’re doing is reducing our reaction time.”

Going back to the basics of driving, said Stringer, is an easy way to avoid a crash.

“Driving is a team sport, it’s a team effort.  Our number one goal is to all get there safely.”

Madison

Rocket City Federal Credit Union establishes the “Detective Josh Moseley Fund” for assistance

Business

Stores, parents gearing up for sales-tax holiday

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

FCA Sports Camps- Faith And Sports

Digital Version

Digital version of The Madison Record – July 17, 2024

Madison

Madison Senior Center assists in TARCOG’s ‘Live and Live Well’ launch announcement

Madison

Canine officer, Bear, joins Madison Police force to detect devices, offer therapy

Bob Jones High School

Tosha Swearingen now serving as Rainbow Assistant Principal

James Clemens High School

Holmes accepts Assistant Principal position at Midtown

Madison

Nedjra Russell named Administrator of West Madison Pre-Kindergarten Center

Huntsville

Space & Rocket Center CEO to speak at chamber’s ‘Business Over Breakfast’

Madison

Main Street Alabama presents revitalization potential for downtown Madison

Main Street Alabama presents revitalization potential for downtown Madison

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Sparkman Grad Picked By Kansas City Royals In Major League Baseball Draft

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

“I’m Meant To Be Here”- Dell Pettus Signs With New England Patriots- Former Sparkman Player Goes Pro

Lifestyles

Get those pumpkins planted: Halloween starts in July

Events

CAFY Back to School event to be held Saturday at Calhoun’s Huntsville campus

Bob Jones High School

Teachers support DIAL Scholarship program at UAH

Events

Joe Davis Stadium to host UNA vs. Jax State collegiate soccer match Aug. 18

Huntsville

UAH announces search for a master developer to enhance college-town experience

Events

Huntsville Parks & Recreation to host inaugural Color Jam Family Fun Run & Walk

Madison

Fernandez named Assistant Coordinator of Accountability and Innovative Programs

Madison

ALEA reports 9 traffic deaths, 3 drownings over July Fourth travel period

Madison

Management institute awards scholarship to Michelle Epling

Madison

Sarah Crouch’s debut novel, ‘Middletide,’ sets whodunnit in Puget Sound

Liberty Middle School

White named Secondary Instructional Technology Specialist

x