Distracted driving fatalities decreased slightly in 2012 according to the latest fatality analysis by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released a study that shows younger women are far more likely to die than men in an equivalent car crash.
For the first time in seven years, the number of fatalities on U.S. roadways increased 5.3 percent last year to 34,080 deaths, according to preliminary data by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Your car is at a standstill, your heart is racing, if you’ve just been in an accident, chances are you’re a little shook up. Take a deep breath. There are a few things to go over when you get into an accident, especially if another driver is involved.
Despite all the new technologies going into vehicles to help make them safer, speeding-related fatalities have not declined in almost 30 years according to a report by the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA).
Speeding-related accidents make up about one-third of all traffic deaths each year, with over 10,000 fatalities reported in 2010 alone. This is despite a 57-percent increase in drivers wearing seatbelts (in fatal accidents) and a 24-percent decrease in alcohol-impared drivers involved in fatal crashes.
Very little has been done to improve state laws on speeding since 2005, according to the GHSA. Seven states have even increased their speed limits with some going as high as 85-mph. Only two of the 50 states surveyed have increased their fines for speeding while only three states have an excessive speed classification. In total, 11 states have implemented an aggressive driver law, but only one of those added it since 2005.
A 1995 repeal on the national speed limit has resulted in an overall increase of 3-percent in fatalities according to a 2009 study in American Journal of Public Health. The long-term effects of the 1995 appeal estimates that over 12,000 deaths can be attributed to an increase in speed limits on the roads.
For those who have been commuting daily since the mid-to-late ’90s there has been a decrease in law enforcement on freeways, while the vast majority of drivers employ a “keep up with traffic” rate of speed.
The GHSA report has issued recommendations to the states and NHTSA to help address the speeding problem:
- Look into speed concerns through aggressive driving enforcement, since the public believes it’s a more serious threat to safety.
- Target speed enforcement in school and work zones, as this has higher public support and viewed as less controversial.
- Sponsor a national high-visibility enforcement campaign and support public awareness efforts to address speeding and aggressive driving.
- Promote best practices in automated enforcement strategies. Only 14 states allow automated speed enforcement and only two allow it everywhere in the state.
- Sponsor a National Forum on Speeding and Aggressive Driving to bring experts together to develop a plan and share information.
[Source: Consumer Reports]
In West Virginia, fans sure do love their NASCAR races. In fact, that state boasts the most NASCAR fans per capitia. And five days after a NASCAR race is aired on TV, accidents caused by aggressive driving rise notably.
The Journal of Applied Social Psychology wanted to see if aggressive, crash-filled racing influenced the day-to-day driving habits of West Virginians. And according to the study, it really did. Looking at aggressive-driving accidents from 2003 through 2006 (about 29,000), these types of accidents rose significantly five days after the televised event took place (over 23 accidents recorded versus 19 on other days). Surprisingly, on the day of the race, accidents actually dropped.
As for the five-day lapse, research found that delayed effects are commonly found in studies the media’s effects on behaviour.
[Source: Wall Street Journal]
The kid confused the gas pedal for the brake in his Toyota Hilux pickup truck and careened into his mother, who was sitting in front of the motor vehicle registry. The mother was pinned against the wall and thankfully survived after being rushed to the hospital, albeit with severe leg injuries.
It’s not known whether the driving examiner was also injured, but he won’t be passing the 17-year old.
Fog and speeding were to blame for an early-morning pileup that involved 127 cars and left one man dead on the Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway.
The accident happened at 8am on Saturday between the cities of Sahama and Ghantoot, where fog reduced visibility to less than 150 feet. The fog hampered the efforts of over 100 police, army, civil defense force and medical personnel, who were amazingly able to restore traffic flow in two hours.
“I was very lucky to have escaped,” said one driver. “I was driving behind a bus…I must have been 15 feet away from it when I heard a loud crash and veered out of the lane just in time to avoid a collision. I then heard several bangs in the background—more cars had crashed into the bus. There were a lot of buses involved in the crash—most of them carrying workers.”
Witnesses and drivers said that they were speeding at over 70 miles per hour, despite the conditions. The resulting accident stretched for over a mile and the fog caused other highways and bridges to be closed later that day.
[Source: Gulf News]