(September 3, 2018)-  Traffic Tuesday! For this Traffic Tuesday we will be focusing on traffic cones.

Everyone has probably been driving and watched law enforcement on scene of a traffic crash where they are blocking a part of the roadway or even an entire road. A lot of times the officer will use their patrol vehicle, put out flares, or traffic cones to redirect traffic because a part of the roadway, a lane, or an entire roadway is closed. 

Unfortunately, most people only know one road to get in and out from their homes or where they are going. Therefore, if a road is blocked some people have a tendency to stop and ask how to get around so they can get to their destination. This can be very dangerous to them, other drivers, and officers/workers on scene. The traffic is already going to be moving slowly due to people trying to be careful and others looking to see what happened. If a car stops, those that are looking to see what happened are not paying as much attention to the road as they should and a crash is more likely to occur. Don’t stop unless directed to do so. If you don’t know how to get to your destination, drive to a location that you can safely pull over and check via your smart phone, navigation system, or to a business where you can ask for directions. Having alternate routes already in mind on how to get to your destination is recommended.

DO NOT drive around the traffic cones! They are there for a reason.

A violation of going around traffic cones is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation.

REMINDER: If you have traffic concerns, you can submit them here: www.capecops.com/traffic. Your will be routed directly to the Traffic Unit for follow-up. Please be as detailed as possible to include things like days of week, times you are seeing the issue, or specific cars (if it is a particular vehicle with which you are having an issue).

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