HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lanes are considered by many Dallas commuters a welcomed alternative to sitting in rush hour traffic. But some are calling out state agencies and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), who manages HOVE, for putting drivers at risk. According to WFAA, “the design of HOV lanes on US 75 led to a 40 percent spike in serious crashes and directly contributed to three deaths.” Are HOV lanes a help or a hazard?
The statistics on HOV related vehicle accidents are alarming. Unlike some though, Dallas car accident attorney Jeff Rasansky doesn’t look to the government to solve problems related to individual driver negligence. It’s true that enforcement of HOV laws could discourage people from violating the safety dividers in an attempt to cut into the late, but that’s treating the symptom – not the problem. The problem is unsafe driving.
Is it DART’s responsibility to protect HOV commuters from dangerous drivers? If so, can that be best accomplished through issuing citations to law-breakers? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave them in the comment section below.