A lot of factors come into play with regards to traffic safety. Drivers need to follow traffic laws and upkeep their vehicles. Car and car part manufacturers need to create safe products for the road.

Cities need to upkeep their roadways and address safety concerns when roadways prove to be consistently dangerous.

This latter point is currently relevant in Huntsville and the surrounding Alabama communities because of a dangerous pattern that some residents are noticing. Car accidents, sometimes fatal, are commonly taking place on a specific stretch of road.

The Four Mile Post Road Extension was built to offer efficient travel from the mountainside into Huntsville and vice versa. But some are seeing the curvy road as a spot to avoid, particularly in wet weather. In its 12 years of existence, at least five people have died in car accidents on the small stretch. Others have been injured.

Last Sunday, according to The Huntsville Times, a driver lost his life on the stretch of Cecil Ashburn Drive. It was raining outside and he lost control of his vehicle, veered into the oncoming lane and caused a crash on the slippery roadway. That 22-year-old driver lost his life and four other people were injured.

Six months ago, another fatal accident took place at around the same time at the same place. Some residents see the dangerous pattern as reason for area officials to reevaluate safety measures within the 4-mile stretch. Are there enough speed limit signs? Is the speed limit too high? Does more law enforcement need to be place within the area?

Safety officials have not commented on the traffic safety matter. Perhaps they will add safety measures. Whether they do or not, however, safety devices and laws are only effective if people alter their behaviors as a result. Speed limits can be posted and drivers still go too fast, even when it is raining. That's a proven recipe for disaster -- preventable disaster.

Source: The Huntsville Times, "Safety a concern on Cecil Ashburn Drive after recent fatality," Chris Welch, June 11, 2012