Rome Police: 187 accidents last month, down 10%. Top cause: Following too closely.

Rome Police: 187 accidents last month, down 10%. Top cause: Following too closely.


What contributed to 187 accidents in the city of Rome last month. Source: Rome Police.

Here are the June accident statistic from the Rome Police Department:

There were 187 accidents reported during the month of June in Rome, with following too close being the main reason for the accidents. We are happy to see that the number of accidents were down 10 percent from June 2017.

Intersections with the most accidents:

9 wrecks – Shorter Ave at Redmond Circle.
8 wrecks – Martha Berry Boulevard at Veterans Memorial Highway.
7 wrecks – Turner McCall Boulevard at Riverside Parkway.

Tips on avoiding a following too close accident:

3 second rule – To determine the right following distance, first select a fixed object on the road ahead such as a sign, tree or overpass. When the vehicle ahead of you passes the object, slowly count “one one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand.” If you reach the object before completing the count, you’re following too closely. Making sure there are three seconds between you and the car ahead gives you time and distance to respond to problems in the lane ahead of you. – per

How much stopping distance you need varies depending upon driving conditions.

  • 3 seconds, for speeds between 35 and 55 mph, in ideal driving conditions (good road surface, good weather, light traffic)
  • 4 seconds, for speeds between 55 and 75 mph, OR during rain, on wet pavement, or in heavy traffic
  • 7 to 8 seconds, for icy or snow-covered roads


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