Traffic rules are set to create an environment where drivers, passengers and pedestrians can use the way for traveling without risk. Accident has found to be the 3rd leading cause of death in US males and 7th leading cause for females. In USA there are several actions which are considered as illegal in traffic related matter. There are several common types of offences also:-
• Driving Under the Influence (D.U.I)
• Driving While License Suspended;
• Fleeing and Eluding;
• Leaving the Scene of an Accident;
• No Valid Drivers License;
• Reckless Driving, etc.
The cause of the crime can be several ranging from-
• Fatigue related to accident and/or minor violation of traffic rules;
• Physical impairment can be another potential cause for traffic law violations. For example – a person with sudden bouts of cramp or unconsciousness due to fall in blood pressure, etc.
• Use of over the counter drugs (antihistamines, opioids, ibuprofen, etc.), prescribed drugs and illegal drugs.
• Age induced factor which may have culminated to poor eyesight at night, etc.;
• Road condition as well as the surrounding condition- U.S Federal Highway Administration in a correlative research (1998) on speed with accident found some interesting facts. Drivers plying in more than and less than average speeds are more prone to accident related violations. Spatio-temporal aspect while speeding has also contributed significantly in intensity of traffic violations. For example- a driver plying at high speed on a snow covered busy motorway to a person plying on the same type of road in a remote Alaskan highway.
Highway Safety Act (1970) resulted in the formation of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The entity is entrusted with the role to carry out safety programs previously administered by the National Highway Safety Bureau in USA.
The nature of violation varies from region to region. The probability of a driver being caught in New York City is far higher than in Nevada desert (highway-50, labeled as the loneliest road in USA by life magazine in its July 1986 edition).
Key West is a small island under the state of Florida with about 25000 people. The whole island is a bird sanctuary. 42 bridges connect the island with mainland. Tourists here hire motorcycles to take a tour of the place. There are several sidewalks and lane from where jaywalkers and pedestrians appear before you all of a sudden. Hence, it is advisable to drive with caution. The island is also a home to “key” deer which is an endangered species. Hitting any of these will result in more stringent punishment than running over 10 people. Traffic is quite heavy on the other side of the bridge (mainland).
In case you have hit a key deer or committed any of the more common traffic violations in Key West, it is advised to see a Key West Traffic Lawyer . A local legal side will be more familiar with the circumstances and will give a more precise evaluation.