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The safety benefits of roundabouts

Motorists in Virginia and throughout America may not necessarily be familiar with roundabouts. Furthermore, they may seem more complicated and dangerous than a traditional intersection at first glance. However, data from the Federal Highway Administration revealed that there was a 37% decline in accidents when a road had a roundabout instead of a traffic light. This was largely because accidents occurred at slower rates of speed. Therefore, they were less intense and less likely to result in fatalities or property damage.

Teen drivers and distractions

Thousands of teen drivers are killed or injured in car accidents around the country each year, and many of them are distracted when they crash. Cellphone use is widely regarded as the leading cause of driver distraction in Virginia and elsewhere, but researchers at Michigan State University found that teen motorists are more likely to be involved in a collision when their attention is caught by something outside the vehicle like an accident or police traffic stop.

Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana have most teen drunk drivers

Teens in Arkansas are more likely to drink and drive than teens in other states, according to a report by an insurance comparison website. Federal statistics show that drunk driving deaths account for one-third of all U.S. traffic fatalities each year.

Study shows increased speed limits related to higher deaths

As Virginia and other states continue to raise speed limits, roadway safety groups grow more concerned. A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety determined approximately 37,000 more people have lost their lives in accidents due to raising the speed limit.

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