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January 2020 Archives

FMCSA to update truck crash causation study

Pennsylvania residents depend on large trucks to transport food and goods for the general public. Unfortunately, this type of interstate commerce leads to thousands of truck accidents each year. In order to better understand the causes of these crashes, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has announced plans to conduct a new large truck crash causation study.

Red light cameras invite controversy in spite of benefits

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety states that in 2016, there were more than 800 deaths resulting from red light-running crashes. Pennsylvania residents should know that there is one good way to reduce the number of such violations and such deaths: the installation of traffic-enforcement cameras. However, it is a move that many communities have decided against or have struggled to gain public support for.

Distraction a prevalent risk with anti-drunk driving IIDs

Ignition interlock devices, which are in-car Breathalyzers, have been proven to be effective in the fight against drunk driving. Pennsylvania is one of 34 states that require DUI offenders to install one of these devices in their car. How it works is simple: It starts the car for drivers once they pass the breath test, and it requests a rolling sample of alcohol-free breath while drivers are on the road.

Car safety features like lane-keeping assist can distract drivers

Drivers in Pennsylvania may own new cars with various safety features, but they should know that these features are liable to make them inattentive behind the wheel. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety published the results of a study in December 2019 that show which features in particular are distracting: adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist.

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