Ask Trooper Steve: Are car parades for graduates safe?

Trooper Steve answers viewer questions

News 6 traffic safety expert Trooper Steve Montiero answers viewer questions about the rules of the road, helping Orlando-area residents become better drivers by being better educated.

A viewer recently asked, “Are car parades for graduates safe?”

Look, anytime you guys asked me a question you know I’m going to give you not only what the law says if there is a law that applies to it but I’m going to give you my honest opinion based off of any training or experiences that I’ve had over the last several years.

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When I first saw the parades happening of course I loved the concept. Whether it was for a graduation, retirement, anniversary, or a birthday celebration the concept and idea is amazing. But when it comes to how they are conducted I really feel this can be done safely and with way more common sens

The visuals of people hanging from outside their cars, standing up in the bed of a pickup truck and sitting on the window sill halfway out the car have been cringing.

I know celebrations and having fun is on everyone’s mind but this is the type of situation where we have to think “what if".

I’m not trying to be a Debbie Downer but I’ve seen the worst of the worst when it comes to crashes on our roads and it’s something I pray no one should ever half to see. Every crash is avoidable and it pains me to think that someone celebrating a special event with a simple parade could be hurt so badly if something went wrong.


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