Traffic spikes can be an unfortunate consequence of traffic-related laws, but the spike in traffic related crimes that is being reported in the US is even more disturbing.
According to a recent report from the Sentencing Project, the number of traffic related charges increased by about 3,000% from 2008 to 2016.
The report also notes that the rate of traffic offenses jumped from 2,719 to 8,892 per 100,000 residents between 2000 and 2016.
And it was not just a matter of a single city or town experiencing spikes, but more than half of the country experienced spikes, with Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. all seeing spikes of 10,000 to 50,000 crimes per 100 in 2016.
While the increase in traffic-based crime may seem like a good thing, the consequences are far from good.
The Sentencing Program, a non-profit organization that focuses on sentencing reform, found that the number one cause of traffic deaths in the United States in 2016 was the driver’s inability to make proper lane changes.
The program found that one in six deaths in this country was related to traffic-linked causes, and nearly half of these were caused by vehicles using the wrong lanes.
This report from Sentencing is one example of the ways that law enforcement and justice advocates can work together to address traffic-crime issues.
While the increase of traffic crimes is not the only thing that needs to be addressed, it is a significant cause of these crimes.
The following infographic provides a detailed look at the factors that have contributed to the spike.