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Traffic Tuesday - Following Too Closely

Traffic Tuesday - Following Too Closely

(January 22, 2019)-  Traffic Tuesday! For this Traffic Tuesday we will be focusing on Following Too Closely; also known as tailgaiting.

It’s doubtful that anyone likes to be tailgated, yet people do it constantly every day. The reasons behind people following too closely range from running late to aggressive driving. We want to make sure that people are aware of the dangers of not having enough distance between your car and the one in front of you.

A driver is at a higher risk of rear-ending a vehicle when they are following less than 2 seconds behind the vehicle in front of them. You should have one full car length between you and the car in front of you for every 10-mph. The distance necessary depends on the weather conditions, the speed, and the road itself. So one car length, 15 feet, may be a safe distance when traveling 10-mph, but is not considered safe when traveling at 65-mph. When a vehicle stops abruptly the vehicle following too closely will be left with little or no time to react and brake.

If you are being tailgated you can take some steps to reduce your chance of being rear-ended. If you are in a multi-lane road, change lanes to allow the vehicle to pass. If that is not possible, maintain the speed limit and leave more than enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Remember, a considerable amount of traffic crashes are attributed to following too closely.

Florida State Statute 316.0895 covers Following Too Closely - The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the highway.

A violation of Following Too Closely 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 concern 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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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341

Don't Be Part of a Gift Card Scam!

Don't Be Part of a Gift Card Scam!

(January 11, 2019)-  The Cape Coral Police Department wants to let everyone know of scams involving the use of gift cards.

You can purchase gift cards nearly anywhere these days and they are very popular as a present. Unfortunately, there is also a significant increase in the use of gift cards and criminal activity with SCAMS! The specific story the criminal will give you ranges significantly but there are some very key signs that the person is trying to scam you. We live in a digital time where everything happens quickly. We have the mindset that we must act just as quickly. If you think something isn’t right, take a breath and slow things down. Tell the caller you won’t be rushed and will call them back, then do your research or call the police department. We would much rather get more telephone calls inquiring about a potential scam than having to explain that you were a victim and your money is gone. The majority of the victims are often older Americans.

Here are some tips to prevent getting scammed:

  • If you receive a call or email asking for payment by gift card, know that it’s a scam. Report it to the police department and the Federal Trade Commission right away.

  • Never provide your gift card number and pin to anyone you don’t know. Once those numbers are gone, so is your money.

  • Do NOT share your personal information with an unknown caller. Even if the caller has some of your information you should be cautious. If you are in doubt then hangup and look up the verified business number yourself and call.

  • If you’re pressured to act quickly or given a time frame to provide information or account information, the odds are extremely high that it’s a scam.

  • Don’t open email attachments or click on links unless you’re certain they’re from legitimate sources. Search business records and reviews online to check them out.

  • Do your own research. If the deal the person is giving you sounds too good to be true….it is!

  • The IRS will NOT call and tell you that you will go to jail unless you send them account information or gift cards numbers.

  • Never give the caller access to your computer! A person can remote into your computer if you give them certain information, which they are more than helpful to walk you through the process to get the connection.

  • If you get a text, call, or email that your bank account has been compromised due to suspicious activity and to call a specific number be cautious. Call the number on the back of your credit card or look up the bank’s telephone number online and call that number, not the one given.

Some of these scams can appear that they are from a legitimate business. Be alert, be cautious, do your research, don’t be intimidated to rush, and call the verified business number instead of the number they give you.

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341

Traffic Tuesday - The Dangers of Speeding

Traffic Tuesday - The Dangers of Speeding

(January 8, 2019)-  Speed was a factor in the loss of 10,111 lives in 2016, more than a 1/4 of all traffic fatalities that year. So why do we speed?

Everyone seems to be on a very busy schedule, especially during this time of the year. There are more vehicles on the roadways because we are in season and that makes commutes longer. The more traffic there is can cause some drivers to respond by driving aggressively which includes speeding. Believe it or not speeding causes anxiety, not only to other drivers but you and passengers alike. Some drivers will speed because they are running late for work, school, appointments, court, etc.

Then there are those that speeding is their normal behavior. It has become a culture and traffic congestion or running late isn’t the only time these drivers speed. The speed limit sign is there for a reason! Do not go faster than the posted speed. There is a formula to illustrate how far it will take you to stop:

Perception & Reaction Time Distance + Braking Distance = Total Distance to Stop

The Perception & Reaction Time will remain somewhat of a constant, when you are NOT distracted, but the distance covered increases with speed. The Braking Distance also increases the faster you go. Therefore, the faster you go the more distance it takes for you to stop your vehicle. A vehicle traveling 30-mph will need approximately 109’ to come to a complete stop when factoring in the above formula. Using the same formula while traveling 40-mph, it will take the vehicle 164’ to come to a complete stop; 55’ feet more by going only 10-mph faster. At 60-mph it’s 303’; over a football field!

Speeding not only endangers the life of the speeder, but passengers and all of the people on the road around them. The Cape Coral Police Department is proactive to enforcement of traffic violations and will continue to stop violators. The speed limit sign is your warning, drive above that speed and you may just receive a citation, which is better than ending up in a traffic crash.

Consequences to Speeding 

Speeding is more than just breaking the law. It’s endangering other motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists, as well as the speeding driver. The consequences of speeding are far-ranging:

  • Violation of the law, a moving violation with steep fines and points against your license;

  • Greater potential for loss of vehicle control;

  • Reduced effectiveness of occupant protection equipment;

  • Increased stopping distance after the driver perceives a danger;

  • Increased degree of crash severity leading to more severe injuries or death;

  • Economic implications of a speed-related crash; and

  • Increased fuel consumption/cost.

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341