Georgia residents have good reason to be concerned about distracted driving. According to the National Safety Council, accidents linked to driver inattention kill roughly nine people in the U.S. every day. The economic cost of these crashes also continues to pile up. Distracted driving crashes come with a $40 million bill annually, close to the $44 million annual toll of drunk driving crashes. While smartphones and texting while driving are perhaps the best-known culprits in driver inattention, they are far from the only factors. Drivers can be distracted by built-in touchscreen systems or even other accidents and problems on the side of the road.
For one week every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance intensifies traffic law enforcement in Georgia and the rest of the U.S. This initiative, called Operation Safe Driver Week, has a special focus each year, and for 2019, that focus was on speeding offenses. The 2019 Operation Safe Driver Week took place from July 14 to 20 and ended with a total of 46,752 citations and 87,624 warnings issued to passenger vehicle and CMV drivers.
Roughly 40,000 people in Georgia and throughout the country died because of traffic accidents in 2018. Another 4.5 million people were injured in traffic accidents during that same year. There are several steps that drivers can take to reduce the chances that they are involved in car accidents. For example, they should be sure to have at least one hand on the steering wheel at all times.
In 2017, the number of red light running crash deaths in Georgia and across the U.S. totaled 939: the highest it has been in a decade. This made up 28% of all deaths at signalized intersections. In a recent Traffic Safety Culture Index from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 85% of drivers said running red lights is wrong, yet nearly one in three admitted to doing it in the past 30 days.
Drivers in Georgia and around the country can expect to see more semi-tractor trailers undergoing roadside inspections in September during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance's annual Brake Safety Week. The nonprofit group's yearly safety blitz will begin on Sept. 15 and end on Sept. 21. Vehicles with ineffective brakes are a threat to all road users, but worn brake lines or faulty master cylinders are especially dangerous when they are tasked with stopping commercial vehicles that can weigh as much as 40 tons.
Georgia drivers might want to use extra caution when traveling area roadways over the Fourth of July holiday. According to a new study by Value Penguin, the drunk driving fatality rate is 23% higher on Independence Day than the average rate for six other U.S. holidays.
Teenage drivers may be more likely to get into an accident between Memorial Day and Labor Day. This is because they will spend more time on Georgia roads and others in the United States during this period. As they tend to lack experience behind the wheel, it is a good idea for parents to talk about how to stay safe while driving. For instance, they should stress that it is never a good idea to drive while tired or intoxicated.
In today's world, Georgia motorists enjoy access to some of the safest vehicles ever made. While automakers are continuously improving their vehicles to eliminate risks, some cars are still traditionally safer than others. That's why consumers looking for used vehicles should still consider safety in addition to cost before making a purchase.
In a recent study from Root Insurance, 47% of the drivers surveyed said distractions were their top concern while behind the wheel. Almost all of them, 99%, considered phones to be among the top three sources of distraction. Yet despite their awareness of the danger of distracted driving, the respondents reported using their phones an average of 13 minutes every day while behind the wheel. Georgia residents should know that Generation Z drivers are especially prone to this distraction.
Distracted driving has reached epidemic levels in Georgia and the rest of the U.S. Every day in this country, according to the National Safety Council, 9 people die and 100 are injured in crashes where one of the drivers was distracted. In the effort to increase awareness of this trend, the NSC has designated every April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month.