If passed, the Reduce Impaired Driving for Everyone Act of 2019 would require all vehicles to have alcohol detection equipment installed in all new cars by 2024. According to its sponsors, the legislation could result in 7,000 fewer deaths on Virginia roads and others nationwide per year. The RIDE Act would first require that alcohol detection software be installed on a fleet of vehicles to determine how such a system would work.
The opioid crisis in Virginia and across the U.S. is putting drivers in danger. Opioids cause cognitive and psychomotor impairment, so those who take them and then head out on the road run the risk of becoming, among other things, drowsy. In 2016, 7.1% of all the drivers who caused a car crash were found with opioids in their system. This is a sharp increase from 1993, when the percentage was 2%.
In Virginia and across the United States, truck accidents often cause victims to incur catastrophic injuries. A truck accident is more dangerous than a car crash because of the truck's larger size. For example, a typical automobile weighs about 4,000 pounds, but a truck weighs as much as 80,000 pounds. In looking at these statistics, it is easy to understand how a truck accident can cause a serious traumatic brain injury, permanent paralysis or even death. Consequently, truck drivers should take the time to learn how they can prevent truck accidents from occurring.
Modern technologies like smartphones and in-vehicle infotainment systems are increasing the risk of distracted driving accidents in Virginia and nationwide. However, auto engineers hope they can fight technology with technology and make U.S. roads safer.
Wintertime is an especially bad time for car accidents in some parts of Virginia, so motorists will want to consider the following tips on safe driving. First of all, they can avoid accidents by not going outdoors until it's necessary. When they have to, they must slow down. When snow is on the ground, the tires will lose their traction, and the lack of road grip will affect braking as well.
In anticipation of the end of daylight saving time, AAA is warning people in Virginia and across the U.S. of the danger of drowsy driving. One might think that an extra hour of sleep will reduce the chances of drowsy driving, but the change in the sleep schedule will have an impact on the body's internal clock. Drivers may have trouble concentrating on the road in the days subsequent to this change.
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.
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.
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.
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.