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November 2019 Archives

New tools could reduce distracted driving

Distracted driving is a significant problem on roads in Georgia and throughout the country. Each year, it causes $40 million in economic losses, and cellphone use is the most common distraction that drivers encounter. However, other distractions exist such as rubbernecking, changing a radio station or talking to a passenger. According to a 2016 study, 60% of respondents said that they had used a cellphone while driving at least one time.

No solution in sight as truck crash deaths continue to rise

Commercial truck crashes are on the rise in Georgia and across the U.S., and so are the number of deaths arising from them. Between 2009 and 2017, there was a 28% increase in them with 4,102 deaths in the latter year. The majority of those who lost their lives were occupants in passenger vehicles. To lower the number of crashes and fatalities, safety groups have pushed for the incorporation of new safety tech on commercial trucks.

Collision risk increases as daylight saving time ends

As the clock turns back with the end of daylight saving time, drivers in Georgia may face more dangerous roads. While the clock change itself is always scheduled for 2 a.m. on a Sunday to avoid unnecessary disruption, even a one-hour shift in sleep schedules can cause surprising effects. The end of daylight saving time can change the body's internal clock and circadian rhythms, contributing to greater feelings of sleepiness. Of course, these are the immediate effects of the clock change. Because it is a one-hour change, most people may be able to adjust to the difference over a short period of time.

More pedestrians, cyclists died in car crashes in 2018

After several years of increasing figures, the number of people who died in motor vehicle crashes on U.S. roads finally declined in 2018, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report. However, that decrease was offset by the news that more pedestrians, cyclists and senior drivers are dying in traffic accidents in Georgia and across the country.

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