Modern vehicles do a better job of protecting drivers and front-seat passengers than they do protecting people riding in the back seat, according to a leading safety institute. As a result, rear-seat passengers in Georgia and elsewhere are being placed at elevated risk of injury and death.
Drivers in Georgia have probably heard of the ignition interlock device, an in-car breathalyzer that prevents a car from starting if the driver is found to be drunk. According to the CDC, the IID reduces repeat DUI offenses by as much as 70% when installed. Those states that require DUI offenders to install an IID see 15% fewer alcohol-related crash deaths than states that do not.
Opioids cause psychomotor and cognitive impairment, which means users can become drowsy and unable to make clear judgments. This is why opioid use or abuse does not go together with driving. Drivers in Georgia should know that in 2016, 7.1% of all car crash initiators were found to have opioids in their system. In 1993, that percentage was 2%.
Winter driving in Georgia can be more dangerous than driving in the other seasons when there is no risk of snow and ice. However, drivers can take precautions that keep the roads safer.
Many Georgia residents will be happy to hear that car wrecks causing fatalities have decreased over the last two years and continued to stay low during 2019. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, there was a 2.4% decrease in car accident fatalities in 2018 and a 3.4% decrease for the first half of 2019. This organization attributes this decrease in deaths on U.S. roads to technology installed in newer vehicles that helps to prevent crashes.
In 2018, there were some 40,000 car crash fatalities across the U.S. Add to that the 4.5 million who were injured in car crashes, and one has a good reason to practice safer driving. There are some safety tips that Georgia motorists can benefit from.
Many drivers in Georgia become distracted or impatient and run red lights, fully knowing that it's wrong. Unfortunately, many red-light running crashes end in death. The year 2017 actually saw the highest number of red-light running crash deaths (939) in a decade. In a AAA Traffic Safety Culture Index, one third of respondents admitted to running a red light in the past 30 days, and two in five said it was unlikely they would be pulled over for it.
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety has given the highest rating for crashworthiness and crash avoidance to the 2019 Subaru Crosstrek. Yet this vehicle, according to a survey from Insurify, is involved in more at-fault collisions than any other vehicle in the U.S. What Georgia residents should know is that the auto insurance comparison website came out with a list of 10 such accident-prone vehicles.
The National Safety Council has identified 23 factors in a car crash that police should be able to report on. Unfortunately, a recent NSC study shows that no state allows the police to do this for all 23 factors. Georgia residents should know that these factors are essential to knowing the real reason for a crash.
In Georgia and across the United States, thousands of people die each year because of car wrecks caused by distracted drivers. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, also known as the NHTSA, released statistics showing that 3,166 Americans were killed in car wrecks caused by distracted drivers in 2017. Distracted driving is not only about texting or talking on cellphones while driving.