According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding contributes to 94% of motor vehicle accidents throughout New York and the rest of the U.S. In order to try and curb this problem, law enforcement personnel throughout the country will participate in Operation Safe Driver Week July 14-20. During the event, officers will be focusing on speeding commercial and passenger vehicles.
Drivers in New York may want to hear about the results of a distracted driving study from Wakefield Research. These were recently shared by Root Insurance, a company known for providing insurance discounts to drivers who avoid phone use. The results show that most drivers know it is wrong to distract themselves behind the wheel yet do it anyway.
Drunk driving crashes claim the lives of nearly 30 people every day in New York and the rest of the U.S. according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA also found that in 2017, there 10,874 deaths arising from such crashes. While some automakers are using car safety tech to reduce the severity of crashes that are imminent and unavoidable, Volvo Cars plans to use technology to fight drunk driving and prevent crashes altogether.
Many people in New York and across the country are aware of the dangers of distracted driving. They've seen the public awareness advertisements and they know about laws banning texting while driving. Indeed, one insurance company's study notes that 47 percent of drivers identified distracted driving as their biggest safety concern. Nevertheless, while people will condemn distraction while driving and agree that it poses a threat to roadway safety, these same drivers will frequently use their own mobile phones on the road.
If New Yorkers are like many American drivers, they tend to gawk at emergency vehicles when they encounter accident scenes on roadways. Unfortunately, this type of behavior places first responders at risk of injuries that can sometimes be fatal.
Automakers have been touting self-driving cars as the solution to traffic congestion and high auto accident rates, yet a report from the Rand Corporation suggests that manufacturers are neglecting safety in their rush to introduce the cars to the public. New York residents may remember how an Uber self-driving car struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona in March 2018. The vehicles have yet to completely prove their reliability.
Distracted driving continues to be a problem in New York and across the nation. Despite educational campaigns and laws that prohibit texting while driving, many people continue to use their smartphones while behind the wheel.
Distracted driving resulted in 3,450 deaths in 2016 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It is a widespread trend as well as an underreported one since drivers involved in a crash do not want to admit distractions to the police. In 2017, the New York legislature proposed a bill allowing for the use of "textalyzers" to find out if drivers were using their phone before a crash. That measure failed, but Nevada is considering one like it.
A one-car crash in Brooklyn on March 11 left one man dead and another in critical condition. Around 3 a.m., a vehicle was traveling Kings Highway when it collided with a light pole near Tilden Avenue in East Flatbush. Police say that the vehicle was so mangled that it was barely recognizable as one.
Drivers in New York should be sleeping the recommended seven hours every night, or else they run the risk of becoming drowsy behind the wheel. This is a particular danger after daylight saving time since drivers lose a crucial hour of sleep. For this reason, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recommends that all drivers adjust their sleep schedules beforehand.