August is almost over, which means children are going back to school, and soon you will have to put away your grill for the season. Lovers of summer may be sad that fall is approaching, but it is safe to say that most traffic safety advocates in Suffolk County are glad to see August go.
That’s because August tends to be the worst month of the year for car accidents on Long Island. And August 2021 may have been the worst one yet when it comes to dangerous driving. According to AAA Northeast, Long Island police recently set a record for most speeding tickets issued to drivers allegedly going more than 100 mph. And tickets triggered by speeding cameras in school zones are up by as much as 800 percent in some areas.
What’s going on?
Along with speeding and drunk driving, the numbers suggest that road rage has also become more common lately. AAA believes that people are driving more aggressively and taking bigger risks because of unresolved anxiety and anger caused by the pandemic. Though a news story about AAA’s findings does not say, these negligent behaviors are probably causing more car accidents on Long Island’s highways.
No excuse for reckless driving
It’s understandable to feel anxious, uncertain or frustrated about life these days. But negative feelings are no excuse for driving recklessly and putting others in danger of serious injuries. Responsible people don’t let their emotions dictate how they drive. Road rage, driving while drunk or high and driving too fast will help an angry or upset person handle their bad feelings. But it can cause them to lose control and cause a terrible wreck.