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Drowsy drivers and daylight saving time

With one less hour to sleep after daylight saving time goes into effect, many drivers across New York undoubtedly suffered from drowsiness on their morning commutes. A recent AAA study found that instances of drowsy driving increase after daylight saving time, so the organization gives drivers several tips on how to prevent getting into an accident.

Keeping highways safe with state governors' participation

America's roads are becoming less and less safe. In 2016, 39 states reported an increase in the number of traffic fatalities. Nationwide, the fatalities rose by 5.6 percent. A total of 37,461 drivers died in New York and across the U.S. that year. It is known that road safety conditions in America are inferior compared to those of other developed countries.

NTSB proposes ways to discourage speeding

Many New York motorists are aware that over the past few years, traffic-related deaths have been on the rise. Though some claim that distractions, especially smartphone-using pedestrians, are causing it, the National Transportation Safety Board has released a study saying that the main factor is speeding. About 31 percent of traffic deaths between 2005 and 2014 were caused by speeding, roughly the same as fatalities related to driving under the influence.

NHTSA to hold summit on drugged driving

Car accidents caused by drivers who are under the influence of drugs are on the rise in New York and across the United States, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants to do something about it. On March 15, the federal agency will host a summit designed to raise awareness about drug-impaired driving and develop solutions to solve the issue.

Common ways that car crashes occur

New York motorists are probably aware of the many dangers they face on the road; however, it's always good to recap since accidents still occur in large numbers. According to naturalistic driving studies, which use equipment like accelerometers, sonar, and video cameras to gather crash data, there are six common causes of car accidents.

Traffic circles can help cut down on roadway deaths

Drivers and traffic engineers in New York and across the United States share a concern about how to make traffic intersections safer. The junction points for two or more roads can be some of the most dangerous areas for drivers and passengers, as cars come toward one another and intersect, often at high rates of speed, risking accidents that can lead to serious and sometimes fatal injuries. Because intersections are such a frequent site for car accidents, engineers are looking at how to improve safety at such locations.

Winter driving safety tips

During the dog days of winter, millions of U.S. drivers face treacherous weather-related road conditions. According to the Federal Highway Administration, 22 percent of all traffic accidents are the result of poor weather. However, there are several safety measures New York motorists can take to minimize risks and avoid car accidents during the winter months.

Popular cellphone game linked to surge in car accidents

The augmented reality game 'Pokémon Go" may have caused as many as 145,000 traffic accidents in New York and around the country, according to a study released recently by Purdue University. Researchers studied accident data compiled in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, both before and after the game's July 2016 release. They found that the number of crashes near locations known as Pokéstops rose by an alarming 26.5 percent as the game grew in popularity.

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