Drivers who cause deadly two-vehicle car accidents in Florida and across the U.S. are much more likely to test positive for prescription opioid use, according to a recent study published in JAMA Network Open. One of the study's co-authors said that the findings show America's opioid crisis is impacting traffic safety.
Statistics from the National Safety Council reveal that at least nine individuals die and about 100 are injured in the United States each day because of accidents related to distracted driving. Florida residents may be interested in learning about how artificial intelligence and visual monitoring systems may be able to attack driver distraction and reduce car accidents.
Florida motorists may not have to contend with snow that much, but they still want to be careful when driving during the winter months. It all begins with determining when one must absolutely go outside and when one can stay inside. If work or errands require one to go outside, then the first thing to do is slow down so as to not slide on patches of ice. The faster one travels, the less traction there is between the tires and the ground.
Florida readers might be interested to learn that traffic fatalities decreased by 2.4% across the United States in 2018, according to a new report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Further, the traffic accident death rate dropped from 1.17 per 100 million miles driven in 2017 to 1.13 in 2018, which is a decrease of 3.4%.
Drowsiness can become a major issue for drivers in Florida in the days following the end of daylight saving time. The reason is that the change disrupts the body's sleep/wake cycle and circadian rhythm, requiring the body to readjust over the course of several days. To make matters worse, some people stay up late before the end of DST, thinking that the extra hour of sleep will make up for it.
Drunk driving causes thousands of car crashes every year in Florida and across the U.S., and drunk driving fatalities make up a third of all driving fatalities. It can be distressing to know, then, that even teens are engaging in the dangerous behavior. According to the CDC, 3.1% of those aged 21 and over report drinking and driving whereas 5.5% of teens report doing so regardless of the amount consumed.
Drivers in Florida and every other state across the nation have seen a rise in road rage. Actions like tailgating, yelling, honking in anger, and making obscene gestures are commonplace. These actions can lead to car accidents and fatal consequences. However, there are ways individuals can prevent road rage.
Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers in Florida and around the country, and distraction is often a factor in collisions involving young drivers. A recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan suggests that parents are aware of these risks and are encouraging teenagers to develop safe habits both when they are behind the wheel and when they are passengers. The researchers based their findings on a survey of 900 parents with children between the ages of 14 and 18.
Every day in this country, two people are killed by drivers who run a red light. Florida residents should know that red-light runners impact the lives not only of other drivers but also of pedestrians and bicyclists. In a study of red-light running crashes, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that the number of deaths arising from such crashes reached a 10-year high in 2017: 939 people were killed.
Florida residents may drive drowsily on occasion, but they should be aware that this can be as dangerous as driving while drunk or impaired by drugs. Fatigue can easily cause drivers to lose focus, make bad judgment calls and react slowly to dangers. Residents should be aware that drowsy driving is not only dangerous but also the cause of more car crashes than was previously thought.