Drivers often ask themselves “Is traffic law important to society?” After all, what is the purpose of obeying speed limits and running red lights if no one is around to see the infraction? The answer is yes. Traffic laws protect everyone on the road, drivers, passengers and pedestrians.
Excessive speed can be very dangerous. The higher your speed is the greater the forces that you exert on your vehicle. It’s easier to lose control at higher speeds, which can lead to severe accidents involving extensive damage, serious injuries and even death.
Traffic laws are part of the orderly regulation that a society needs in order to prosper. Without such essential laws, chaos would occur. Without traffic laws, it would be impossible to travel in motorized vehicles, especially in heavily populated urban areas. It’s not enough just to know how to operate a motor vehicle. Drivers must have a thorough understanding of general traffic laws and the laws of their local area, which is why all driver education courses include a rules of the road component to teach drivers the importance of obeying all traffic laws.
Not all traffic laws are explicit. For example, drivers are sometimes cited for driving too fast for conditions, even though they are driving at or below the posted speed limit. Weather conditions such as snow, sleet, ice and heavy rain. Vehicles are also required to have working safety equipment such as working headlights, taillights and turn signals. Good brakes are another requirement. Other safety requirements include wearing seatbelts. Many states have instituted bans on operating cells phones while driving. All of these rules involve safety but they are also part of an orderly society.
One of the most serious infractions involves driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, as offenders often cause severe accidents. Punishing repeat offenders with jail time is one of the ways that menaces to society can be taken off the streets so they are not a threat to others.
Regulations involving traffic also exist, in part, to provide an orderly manner for motorists to accomplish their daily commutes. Enforcement of these rules is often not an easy job, which is why fines and punishments are handed out for infractions. Drivers may find traffic laws irritating and may secretly believe that they don’t have to obey them. Fines and punishments act as a deterrent to breaking traffic laws. These are some of the things of which drivers must be aware, especially if they find themselves going to traffic court.
Perhaps the biggest reason that most people obey traffic laws is that they feel it is their moral duty to do so. Most people feel conflicted when they break traffic laws because they know that obeying them is simply the right thing to do. Inherently, people know that traffic laws exist for the good of everyone, making them important to society.