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Marijuana holiday linked to increased traffic fatalities

Marijuana users in Georgia and around the country began to celebrate on April 20 in the early 1990s when the date was promoted as a pot holiday. Based on research by the University of British Columbia, 4/20 may now be linked to increased traffic deaths. The researchers, who studied federal accident data gathered between 1992 and 2016, discovered that fatalities were about 12 percent higher on April 20 compared to the week before and the week after.

Collision avoidance systems save lives, says IIHS study

A study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that collision avoidance systems, such as lane departure warning systems and blind spot alerts, can cut down crash injury rates in Georgia and across the U.S. Researchers came to this conclusion after studying over 5,000 accidents that took place in 2015.

Drugged driving a growing factor in car crashes

When Georgia motorists think about the dangers of driving under the influence, they likely associate it with alcohol. Massive public health advertising campaigns as well as strong enforcement have highlighted the dangers of drunk driving across the country. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to raise awareness about another type of impaired driving, one that involves drugs.

Speed a major factor in car crashes according to NTSB

According to a study from the National Transportation Safety Board, speed has led to an increase in traffic deaths in Georgia and throughout the country. The agency believes that a driver who is speeding is similar to one who is drunk. Both types of motorists are likely to get into accident, and both are likely to hurt or kill someone as a result.

The importance of reporting a collision to an insurance agency

Car accidents never occur at convenient times. Everyone has some other place to be and deadlines to meet. That's why many Georgia drivers find it tempting to put off reporting collisions to their insurance agencies. While it's always critical for drivers to address their medical needs first, there can be severe consequences for a driver failing to make a timely report to their insurer.

Right-of-way laws to know

Georgia motorists should be aware of the right-of-way laws for the road. These traffic laws determine who is permitted to advance first in a wide range of driving circumstances. Drivers who are knowledgeable about these laws can avoid incurring an expensive traffic violation, making sure that their driving record is clear and their vehicle insurance rates are low.

NHTSA campaign for holiday drunk driving begins

Georgia motorists know that getting behind the wheel after having had too much to drink is never a good idea. They may not know that around the country there were an average of 300 drunk driving accident fatalities between Christmas and New Year's Day every year for the last five years. To help reduce the numbers of drunk driving fatalities, the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission has started its annual Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over initiative.

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.

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