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Police should focus on aggressive driving

While many of us in Lebanon enjoyed our holidays and were able to relax with family, it probably came after a period of frantic preparations, running of errands and driving all over town for very specific (but necessary) items. Even now that Christmas has ended, there is still a lot that may need to be done: things may need to be returned and there are sales on many of the gifts people wish they had gotten. All of this likely means that people in Lebanon are driving aggressively and speeding.

Unfortunately, these kinds of driving behaviors could mean an increase in car accidents, distracted driving and overall dangerous road conditions. If anyone is injured, however, he or she can likely work with a car accident lawyer to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver responsible.

One professor who has long studied holiday traffic has determined that the six-day period around Christmas is one of the worst for traffic accidents. In fact, Christmas has 27 percent more accidents than New Year's Eve and 18 percent more than Thanksgiving. Though the data is from Alabama, it can likely be applied to the Lebanon area.

Again, the reason for the uptick in accidents comes back to aggressive driving and speeding, and since it is so hard to target speeding alone, it would be wise for cities to focus on combatting aggressive driving in general. If more people are paying attention to the road and less to what they need to get for Christmas, it will likely make everyone on the road calmer and less likely to cause an accident.

Source: The Washington Post, "For drivers around Christmastime, it’s not exactly tidings of comfort and joy," Ashley Halsey III, Dec. 2, 2013

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