Study Shows Law Enforcement Has No Connection To Preventing Oklahoma Car Accidents

by Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys

The idea that stiffer penalties for traffic violations and more law enforcement on the road should reduce the number of Oklahoma car accidents that occur each year is a fairly simple deduction to make; however, a recent study shows there is no connection between Oklahoma law enforcement’s actions and the number of crashes that are recorded in the state.

A report from Tulsa World explains the Oklahoma Highway Patrol issued 45,000 more tickets in 2013 compared to the previous year—the most tickets ever issued in a single year. The strange thing is, the number of Oklahoma car accidents recorded in 2013 also went up.

On the other hand, Tulsa law enforcement recorded issuing 9 percent fewer tickets in 2013, yet saw a 7 percent decline in motor vehicle collisions.

So if law enforcement isn’t the answer to preventing Oklahoma car accidents, what is? Most experts tend to agree that better public education and a change in driving culture is the only way to prevent accidents from occurring. One researcher pointed out a graduated penalty system for offenders may also be an effective means of addressing the problem.

The Oklahoma City auto accident attorneys with Colbert Cooper Hill Attorneys recognize the answers to how to prevent car accidents aren’t easy, but encourage citizens to consider safety each time they get in the car. Furthermore, we urge you to discuss the importance of highway safety with those who are closest to you.