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.
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.
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.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine conducted a Sleep Prioritization Survey, which asked 2,003 adults in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. if they have ever struggled to stay awake behind the wheel. Startlingly, 45% said yes. The link between drowsy driving and auto accidents is all too clear: The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that some 6,400 fatal crashes occur every year in the U.S. because of drowsy drivers.
Distracted driving is on the rise in Pennsylvania, as elsewhere, and it appears that efforts to educate drivers on the danger are failing. While some cars are equipped with features that alert drivers when they are caught distracted, drivers can easily become used to the alert and treat it as background noise. This is where artificial intelligence may start to play a role.
Auto accidents become a major concern during the Pennsylvania winters, and drivers should know that they cannot blame the weather or the roads for any accidents they cause. Rather, there are some basic safety tips that any driver can and must follow so as to minimize the risk for a crash. It all begins with heading out only when work, or shopping or another necessity calls for it.
Those who are driving on Pennsylvania roads during the late fall and winter seasons are more likely to do so in the dark. Furthermore, they may be doing so while trying to adjust to the time shift that occurs in early November. According to AAA, there are many risks that drivers face during the first few days after this time shift occurs. First, they may have trouble sticking with their sleep and wake cycles.
Advanced safety technology might be helping to drive down U.S. traffic fatalities in Pennsylvania and across the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency released its annual U.S. traffic accident figures on Oct. 22.
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration , there were 467 fatal crashes caused by aggressive drivers in 2015. This was a 500% increase from the 80 such incidents that occurred in 2006. However, there are ways in which Pennysvlania motorists may be able to reduce their odds of being involved in a road rage accident. For instance, it could be a good idea to allow for more time to get to work in the morning.
According to the National Safety Council, authorities in Pennsylvania and throughout the country may not be collecting enough crash data. The council found that not a single state has any system to record driver fatigue after a crash occurs. It also discovered that not all states keep track of whether a driver was texting or using a hands-free device when a wreck happens.