Traffic and Safety

Driver Fatigue - A Serious Problem for Summer Drivers

The dangers of drinking alcohol before driving are widely known. But far too many people think little of slumping behind the wheel while fatigued, or continuing to drive while feeling drowsy.A recent survey of more than 1,000 Americans by the National Sleep Foundation found 57 percent had driven while drowsy in the past year and 23 percent had fallen asleep at the wheel. Experts estimate weary...

Aggressive Driving

For every aggressive driving incident serious enough to result in a police report there are hundreds or thousands more which never got reported to the authorities.Aggressive DrivingAggressive driving has progressively increased during the 1990s, indicates a study sponsored by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The study analyzed 10,037 police reports and newspaper stories about traffic...

Alcohol is a Factor in 39% of All Fatal Traffic Crashes

Advocates calls for state legislators to heed the facts and pass .08 Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limitsImpaired DrivingIn 1998, nearly 42,000 people were killed in traffic crashes and almost 3.2 million more were injured, at a cost of over $150 billion. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, alcohol was a factor in 39 percent of all fatal traffic crashes in 1998...

Head-On Impacts

On a sunny May afternoon, contractor Philip Swann, 48, drove west on two-lane Route 234 toward his home in Newburg, Md. Three employees were in the pickup truck with him, hitching a ride home. Swann was looking forward to dinner with his wife and three sons.As Swann headed west, an eastbound Buick veered onto his side of the road. At the wheel was a 16-year-old girl driving on her learner's...

Consumer Advisory On Side Air Bags and Child Safety

Side impact air bags can provide significant supplemental safety benefits to adults in side impact crashes. However, children who are seated in close proximity to a side air bag may be at risk of serious or fatal injury, especially if the child's head, neck, or chest is in close proximity to the air bag at the time of deployment.Because there are variations in the design and performance of side...

Interstate Pedestrian Fatalities

One-third of the crashes from the sample involved "unintended pedestrians": people pushing or working on a vehicle, involved in a previous crash, or walking on the shoulder.In 1995, 543 people were killed while on foot on an Interstate highway! Pedestrian fatalities on Interstates have claimed an average of 610 lives each year since 1989.(1) Nearly 10 percent of all the nation's...

Youth Crash Fatality Rates and Alcohol Related Fatalities

16-year-olds have the highest rate of fatalities per driven mileThe motor vehicle fatality rate for youth in 1998 was 26 deaths per 100,000 youth, two points lower than in 1997.The alcohol-related fatality rate for youth has been cut by over half since 1988 . from 19 to 9 deaths per 100,000 youth.Although youth alcohol-related fatalities declined only slightly from 1997, the rate dropped in...

Alcohol Related Youth Fatal Crash Analysis

StatePopulationTotalFatalitiesFatalitiesper 100,000 PopulationAlcohol RelatedFatalities Alcohol Related Fatalities per 100,000 PopulationAlabama387,59217444.9 5514.1 Alaska64,8811523.135.3Arizona405,36112831.65413.3Arkansas231,8649741.8229.6California2,754,10148517.61846.7Colorado355,2249426.5246.7Connecticut242,4663815.7135.4...

Teenage Drivers Crash More - A Review of Licensing for Teens

By Karen WimsAutomobile crashes are the number one killers of teens Automobile crashes are the number one killers of teens - accounting for more than 5,000 deaths per year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a 16-year-old driver is 42 percent more likely to be involved in a crash than a 17-year-old with just one additional year of driving experience. In addition, 16-...

SUV owners are mad!

Mad at Keith Bradsher's controversial new book, High and Mighty: SUV's - the World's Most Dangerous Vehicles and How They Got That Way.Bradsher is a well respected, Pulitzer Prize-nominated reporter, known for his investigation of the Ford-Firestone rollover scandal. In this survey of how SUVs got to be so large and so profitable, Bradsher takes the most important look at motor vehicle safety...

In the US More Than 8,000 People Die In Single vehicle Rollover Crashes Every Year

In the US More Than 8,000 People Die In Single-vehicle Rollover Crashes Every Year - Advocates for Highway and Auto SafetyCertain categories of vehicles, such as sport utility vehicles and small pickup trucks, are more prone to rollover than other classes of vehicles.In 1998, more than 8,000 people died in single-vehicle rollover crashes. Rollovers are among the most dangerous types of vehicle...

Tarmac Terrorism - Drivers Behaving Badly

We have to tolerate seemingly aggressive and intimidating acts committed by other drivers.Intolerant and inconsiderate motorists who are driving too fast are unlikely to realise that they're unsafe. They feel perfectly happy with the way they drive, believing that their own attitude is okay they don't see a need to change, after all, it's other drivers that have the problem !Who are the Tarmac...

Driver Fatigue - Rigged for Danger

Couple year ago, Hugo Barrera sped east through the desert night along Interstate 10 near Tonopah, Ariz., his tractor-trailer hauling 20 tons of juice. Without braking, he slammed into Linda Saar's Ford station wagon at an estimated 65 m.p.h., pushing it into a double-trailer rig. Barrera was killed instantly. Also killed were Saar and five family members.Police wrote that Barrera had...

Cosmetic Crash Parts Are Irrelevant To Auto Safety

There are no safety implications of using cosmetic crash parts from any source.The source of a car's cosmetic crash parts is irrelevant to crash worthiness. This is demonstrated in a new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash test of a Toyota Camry from which the front-end cosmetic parts were removed.Cosmetic repair parts (often called crash parts) include fenders, door skins, bumper...

Alcohol-Related Motor Vehicle Fatality Percentages

The percentage of youth fatalities that were alcohol-related in 1998 was 35.8. By comparison, the percentage of adult fatalities that were alcohol-related was 40.3.The proportion of youth fatalities that were alcohol-related dropped by over 27 percent-age points since 1982 (63.2% to 35.8%). This is a decline of over 43 percent in that proportion.Since 1982, the proportion of adult fatalities...