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Highlighting the dangers of driving while impaired

Sadly, many families in Georgia have had to endure the harrowing experience of losing loved ones as a result of an automobile accident connected to alcohol. In 2016, it was estimated that 10,000 people died across the United States in automobile accidents connected to alcohol. This is a troubling pattern that must be reversed.

How to avoid wintertime car accidents

While Georgia has a warm climate throughout most of the year, local winters can get snowy and icy. That's why it's important to take safety precautions both on and off the road. The Federal Highway Administration reports that 22 percent of car accidents every year are weather related. If more people winterize their vehicles and stay alert while driving, however, they could lessen the number of crashes during this dangerous season.

Self-driving cars await definitive safety guidelines

With an eye on speeding up the development of self-driving cars, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved a bill in early October that will free automakers from meeting certain safety standards on up to 80,000 self-driving cars produced annually in the next three years. The bill stipulates that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will be granting the exemptions. In addition, the agency will be writing new safety rules for self-driving cars within the next 10 years. However, drivers in Georgia and the rest of the U.S. should know that there are some roadblocks.

Night shift drivers risk drowsiness on the way home

Over 9.5 million Americans work a night shift or rotational shift, and around 28 percent of drivers admitted that they fell asleep at the wheel once last year. This is according to researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital. Night shift workers in Georgia should know that drowsy driving is considered a public health hazard and can hit them hard during their commute home.

Motorcycle and pedestrian fatalities rose in 2016

The number of people killed in automobile accidents in Georgia and around the country has risen alarmingly for the second consecutive year. A report published on Oct. 6 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that 37,461 lives were lost on the nation's roads in 2016, and a closer scrutiny of the figures indicates that fatalities were particularly high among the most vulnerable road users.

Why larger cars are preferable in an accident

As a general rule, Georgia drivers may be safer in a larger vehicle compared to a smaller one if they were ever to be in a collision. This is partially because smaller cars tend to weigh less, and it is partially because larger vehicles have larger front ends. The increased size of the front end means that it can absorb more of the impact from a collision. Therefore, the odds are lower that those sitting in the front of the vehicle will feel its full impact.

Daytime running lights save lives and reduce accidents

Georgia law requires motorists to turn on their headlamps between sunrise and sunset and when visibility is reduced to less than 500 feet. However, traffic safety research indicates that drivers in the Peach State would be wise to keep their lights on even during the daylight hours. The number of multi-vehicle crashes dropped by 11 percent in Canada following the introduction mandatory daytime running lights legislation, and Danish officials reported a 37 percent reduction in left turn accidents after a similar law was passed.

Survey finds drivers disapprove of texting but still do it

Many drivers in Georgia and throughout the country may believe that texting and driving is dangerous and should not be permitted even though a number of them engage in the activity. This was one of the findings of a survey by Progressive Insurance. The company received around 1,000 responses to its August survey from drivers who were not customers.

How employers can prevent heat exhaustion

When the Georgia summer rolls around, temperatures in large facilities can soar, putting workers at risk for suffering heat stress and illness. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will issue citations to employers who do not properly protect their employees against heat-related illnesses. In some cases, a fine could be as high as $70,000.

GA child fatality statistics resulting from car accidents

A study covering the period of 2010 to 2014 and conducted by researchers at Harvard University and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center found that Georgia was the fifth in the nation for the most childhood deaths from crashes on the state's roadways. The report indicates that 130 children under the age of 15 died because of motor vehicle accidents in the state during that period.

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