Every town has its traffic trouble spots. On this episode of Traffic Troubles, The Next Street visited Officer Soccio with the New London Police Department. We talked about what some of the department's major concerns were when it came to traffic within New London and went to visit them. One thing to keep in mind about New London, which is something that happens to a lot of other smaller cities, is that the roads were built a long time ago. Meaning, when built, the growth of the city was not a major concern, so being able to handle so much traffic was not expected. Officer Soccio went over why these areas were concerning and how, and when, to avoid trouble in these areas.
WHY GOING EVEN A LITTLE OVER THE LIMIT CAN BE DANGEROUS
Our current understanding of brain development states that the human brain isn’t fully developed until age twenty-five. The last part of the brain to fully mature is the pre-frontal cortex and that is the part of the brain responsible for judgment and decision making. This means that the teenage brain isn’t ready to make the complex decisions required to drive as safe as possible. This is where we, parents and driving instructors, come in.
Consider that back in the day many of us learned to drive from our parents, and were taught that it is ok to drive 5 or 10 miles over the speed limit. In reality, speeding, even a little over the speed limit, is dangerous. Why? The speed limit is based on several things, such as, how far can we see down the road, the width of the road, the number of lanes, the amount of foot traffic, etc.