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Traffic accident reports should contain certain information

Writer wants law enforcement accident reports to always include whether drugs or alcohol involved, whether seat belts in use, and whether any electronic devices in use
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By Joyce M. Coomer

For years, traffic accident reports contained two bits of information that I thought were rather helpful in tracking causes of traffic accidents . . . one was whether or not drugs or alcohol were suspected to be involved, and the other one (even before it became mandatory) was whether or not seat belts were in use.

I would like to see those two bits of information published with each traffic accident report, as well as whether or not an electronic communication device of any type was in use at the time of the accident -- not only by the driver but by passenger(s) in the vehicle, as the driver could've looked at whatever the passenger(s) were viewing on their electronic communication device and taken their attention away from the road for the split second it took to set in motion events leading up to an accident.

Daily I see people driving with some type of electronic communication device held to the side of their head and I am fairly sure that their attention is not on the roadway in front of them, as it should be.

Consider this a request for ALL law enforcement units to please include all these things in a traffic accident report.

This story was posted on 2016-08-15 16:07:45
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