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NSC wants to promote culture of safe driving

Heavy traffic, bad weather and unexpected events all create safety hazards on the roads of New York. Although traffic fatalities have trended downward in recent years, the president and CEO of the National Safety Council believes room for improvement remains. The death toll, which reached about 40,000 lives lost around the country in 2018, still represents a huge problem in the view of the NSC. Every year also produces roughly 4.5 million injuries as well. People have the ability to adopt behaviors that could inspire a driving culture focused on safety.

U.S. road rage incidents on the rise

Road rage incidents have skyrocketed in New York and across the country, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In fact, fatal car accidents involving aggressive drivers increased from 80 in 2006 to 467 in 2015. In addition, a nonprofit news organization reported that incidents involving drivers threatening other motorists with a gun or firing a gun at them increased from 247 in 2014 to 620 in 2016.

GM gauges effectiveness of automated safety features on its cars

Automated safety features have been shown to prevent crashes, but many of the studies have not tested the features' real-world effectiveness. However, a new study made by GM and the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute has done so. Drivers in New York may be interested to hear what type of crashes can be most frequently prevented.

Self-driving cars can present new accident threats

When people in New York drive down the highway, a fire truck or police vehicle ahead with emergency lights flashing is one of the most visible obstacles they may encounter. As autonomous driving technology develops, however, scientists and drivers are learning that self-driving cars "see" quite differently than human drivers. One accident involving a Tesla running on its "Autopilot" semi-autonomous system and a fire truck has drawn attention to this potential problem of the software. Many people are looking forward to self-driving cars as a means to reduce the likelihood of car crashes, so this issue has raised serious concerns.

Dangers of drunk driving

Though the number of drunk driving deaths has declined by a third over the past three decades, it remains high. Every year on average in New York and across the U.S., there are over 10,000 fatalities due to drunk driving crashes. The resulting cost of these deaths averages about $44 billion. Motorcyclists are not immune either; in fact, they have the highest rate of deadly drunk driving crashes.

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