All over the planet, a traffic crash is called an accident. It doesn’t matter if it is a vehicle hitting a tree without causing any injury, or a person getting injured, or worse case, someone dying in a crash; all of these collisions are routinely called accidents. However, with 94% of traffic crashes caused by human error, the vast majority of crashes are never really “accidents.”
Drugged driving eclipses drunken driving in tests of motorists killed in crashes From the Washington Post, April 26, 2016. For the first time, statistics show that drivers killed in crashes are more likely to be on drugs than drunk. Forty-three percent of drivers tested in fatal crashes in 2015 had used a legal or illegal
Law enforcement officers and judges yesterday announced the start of a statewide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over drunk driving crackdown at the annual meeting of the Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals in Novi. Increased patrols focused on drunk driving enforcement will be under way in every county between March 16 and March 29.
Heatstroke is the number one killer of children, outside of car crashes. That’s why the Huron County Prosecutor’s Office has joined with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to attempt to reduce these deaths by reminding parents and caregivers about the dangers of heatstroke and leaving children in hot cars. In 2015 there were 24 heatstroke deaths of children in vehicles.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This is a time to raise awareness of the dangers and cost of this growing epidemic and from April 8 to 13, 2016, law enforcement personnel will be using a combination of traditional and innovative strategies to crack down on motorists who text while driving. The objectives of the national high-visibility enforcement U Drive. U Text. U Pay. campaign are to: conduct intense enforcement of anti-texting laws, and couple the efforts with advertising, media, and social media outreach to let drivers know about the enforcement and convince them to obey the law.
November 15, 2015, just another Sunday, right? No, not at all. This coming Sunday is much more. It is the United Nations (U.N.) World Day of Remembrance for Traffic Crash Victims. Every year, the third Sunday in November is a day to reflect, to think about family, friends, and all those who are killed because of traffic crashes.
Today we remember and recognize the dedication of our military service men and women. Called Veteran’s Day in the United States and Remembrance Day by the Commonwealth Countries, it is a day to say “Thank you for your service” and to pay our respects to those who have given their lives while in the service
In today’s culture, with many of us traveling in large and potentially deadly weapons on a road or highway, mixing the lack of sleep with driving is a deadly combination. However, there are practical steps each of us can take to avoid these dangers, with acknowledgement of the existence of drowsy driving being the first.
The Fourth of July is one of America’s favorite holidays. And why not? Families and friends gather to celebrate our country with food, parades, parties, picnics and fireworks. A Dangerous Holiday Yet there is a very dark side to this great holiday. For many, the celebration includes alcohol, but the holiday quickly goes from festive
Long-distance driving can be tedious, and it’s tempting to look for something to distract you to make the time pass faster. But when you’re the driver, your only responsibility is to keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel, and concentration on the task of driving. No one’s lives–neither your passengers nor any other road users–are worth a phone call or text. And remember, law enforcement officers across the Nation are now using innovative strategies to aggressively enforce their State distracted driving laws.
Of the many great things about summertime, few match the fun of a family road trip. Before you hook up that new boat or camper, or hit the road with your family or friends in your car, SUV, pickup, or RV, take the time to review some summer travel safety tips. Prevention and planning may take a little time up front, but will spare you from dealing with the consequences of a breakdown—or worse yet, a highway crash—later.