It often feels almost inevitable that when driving through Lakewood someone will do something stupid on the road. Crashes are all too commonplace, and while it’s easy to blame it on congestion, which isn’t any driver’s fault, the reality is that many accidents occur because people are rushing and performing risky maneuvers on the road.
The crashes don’t have to happen. If people slowed down, drove defensively, and avoided taking every possible step to get to where they’re trying to go ten seconds faster, I am sure that the rate of accidents – and injuries resulting from them – would dramatically decline.
The question, of course, is how to go about doing this. Every driver knows that safe driving is essential. But not everyone does it. So what are we to do?
The solution, I think, lies with the Lakewood Police Department. They don’t even have to increase traffic enforcement or write more tickets. They just have to be there.
Let me explain. Accidents happen all over Lakewood, but there are a number of roadways and intersections that are particularly prone to crashes. Some examples include Cedarbridge and Clover, Clover and the 88, Cedarbridge and New Hampshire. There are many more, of course. But the point is that those areas should have a police officer there at all times.
The obvious fact is that people drive more carefully when there is a police officer in sight. Drivers don’t pull stupid and reckless stunts, they don’t swerve around other vehicles, and they don’t speed. Nobody wants a ticket.
So, the solution to the accidents nightmare is, I think, placing police officers in their cars, perhaps with their lights flashing, at and near areas that see a high rate of traffic accidents. Instead of them simply responding to scenes, they can be stationed there, thereby ensuring that drivers will be careful, pay attention to the road, and not do anything stupid.