Virginia residents may have heard that Nevada state legislature is proposing the use of a controversial device called the "textalyzer" among its police force. The device, developed by the Israel-based company Cellebrite and the subject of a previous proposal made by the New York legislature, may be effective in curbing the widespread and deadly trend of distracted driving.
For World Sleep Day (March 15), Ford Motor Company is using its "Sleep Suit" to show the effects of drowsy driving. Virginia residents should know that fatigue is behind an estimated one in five road accidents. Experts say that being awake for 18 hours or more can lead to the same level of impairment as that produced by alcohol intoxication.
When it's time to "spring forward" the clocks in March of each year, many people complain of the inconvenience of "losing" an hour of sleep. Unfortunately, the loss of sleep can be more than just a frustration; studies show that it can increase the risk of motor vehicle accidents for drivers in Virginia. That's why AAA is reminding drivers that not getting enough sleep can double their chances of causing a crash.
A study from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration suggests that truck drivers in Virginia and around the country are about twice as likely to be involved in a speed-related accident when systems designed to limit top speeds are switched off. Speed limiters are installed in virtually all tractor-trailers sold in America and have been for many years, but regulations that would require trucking companies to switch them on have been mired in a congressional morass for more than a decade.
Have you ever sat in your car at a red light and worried that car coming up quickly behind you is going to stop as well? Do you regularly feel concern about other drivers not paying attention as they exit the freeway behind you? If you have been driving for any significant amount of time, you know these types of concerns are not unfounded. Rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of car accidents. Even at low speeds, rear-end crashes can result in serious injuries for the victim.