Over 800 people are killed every year in Kentucky and across the country in car accidents caused by drivers who run through red lights, and thousands more people are seriously injured. Despite it being common knowledge that running red lights is illegal, negligent drivers continue to put others at risk on a daily basis. A large percentage of those severely injured or killed in these crashes are pedestrians, bicyclists or occupants of other vehicles. Red light cameras are one method adopted by municipalities across the country in an effort to crack down on violations while also obtaining traffic ticket revenue.
While many people in Kentucky have been interested in automated driving systems because they could help to prevent deadly crashes, some experts are warning that these technologies create dangers of their own. A study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that drivers operating vehicles with certain types of advanced safety systems, such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance, are more likely to be complacent about roadway safety. They put trust in the technologies to handle the driving for them, which can actually increase the risk of a serious car accident.
Around 30 people every day are killed in New York and across the country in car crashes caused by drunk driving. Despite large-scale police enforcement, drunk driving continues to threaten lives nationwide. Some members of Congress are looking for a technological solution to crack down on the problem, drawing inspiration from a common penalty imposed on drivers convicted of DUI. In many states, drivers who regain their license after a conviction for impaired driving must pay a state fee to have an ignition interlock device installed. This device prevents the driver from starting the car until they blow into it; like a small Breathalyzer, the interlock determines that drivers do not have alcohol on their breath.
Opioid use is widespread in Kentucky, as elsewhere, and the unfortunate thing is that many people choose to drive under the influence of these drugs. Opioids cause drowsiness and dizziness, especially in those who have not developed a tolerance to them, such as individuals who take them for acute injuries like burns and fractures. They are at the highest risk for a crash.
Winter is coming, and Kentucky drivers will soon have to contend with slippery roads on a regular basis. Federal statistics show that snow and ice are contributing factors in over 1,300 deaths and nearly 117,000 injuries on U.S roads each year. However, according to traffic safety experts, there are several winter driving tips people can follow to reduce their risk of accidents during inclement weather.
Parents in Kentucky may want to explain the dangers of distracted driving to their teens. After all, October 20 to 26 is Teen Driver Safety Week. Researchers from Michigan State University have released the results of a new study as a way to tie in with this event. The study had to do with teens and distracted driving.
According to a survey from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 80% of respondents admitted to being angry or aggressive while driving. Honking, tailgating and making rude gestures were among the most common acts of aggression that survey participants took part in. While road rage may be relatively common in Kentucky and across the country, there are things that people can do to avoid a confrontation while on the road.
Driver impairment, excessive speed and running red lights are all common reasons why car accidents occur on Kentucky roadways. In fact, they are among some of the most common reasons why accidents happen on roads across the United States. Nationally, the number of deaths attributed to accidents caused by drivers running red lights jumped 30% from 2012 to 2017. In 2017, there were 939 fatalities caused by drivers who ran red lights, which was the highest total in the past 10 years.
In Kentucky and across the U.S., many newer-model vehicles are getting into accidents. Insurify, an auto insurance comparison site with a database of over 1.6 million insurance quotes, has compiled a list of 10 newer vehicles that are involved in the most at-fault crashes. At the top is the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek, a car that was a top safety pick of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This means it has top ratings for crash avoidance and crashworthiness.
Many in Kentucky drive "smart cars" with high-tech devices involving touchscreens and voice command features. While these devices are meant to reduce the amount of time drivers take their eyes off the road, they still tend to be confusing, especially to older drivers. A study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that older drivers become more distracted than younger drivers do by this in-vehicle technology.