From Rome Police: April accident stats, including 207 overall with 44% caused by following too closely.

Media release: Each month, the Rome Police Department shares car accident statistics to inform, and hopefully reduce, the number of accidents occurring.

There were a total of 207 accidents reported during the month of April in Rome, with following too close being the main reason for the accidents. Over half of the wrecks that occurred in Rome were following too closely. We, as a community, need to give more space to the vehicle in front of us!

Intersections with the most wrecks:

  • 9 wrecks – Shorter Avenue at Redmond Circle.
  • 7 wrecks – Turner McCall at Riverside Parkway
  • 6 wrecks – Martha Berry Boulevard at Veteran Memorial Highway
  • 4 wrecks – Broad Street at East Second Avenue.

Tips on avoiding a following too close accident:

3 second rule – To determine the right following distance, first select a fixed object on the road ahead such as a sign, tree or overpass. When the vehicle ahead of you passes the object, slowly count “one one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand.” If you reach the object before completing the count, you’re following too closely. Making sure there are three seconds between you and the car ahead gives you time and distance to respond to problems in the lane ahead of you. – per

The entire purpose of maintaining a safe following distance is to give your car the time it will need to stop before hitting the car in front of it.

How much stopping distance you need varies depending upon driving conditions.

3 seconds, for speeds between 35 and 55 mph, in ideal driving conditions (good road surface, good weather, light traffic)
4 seconds, for speeds between 55 and 75 mph, OR during rain, on wet pavement, or in heavy traffic
7 – 8 seconds, for icy or snow-covered roads

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