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Traffic fatalities are down, but not enough

The National Safety Council (NSC) recently projected its preliminary estimates for 2019 traffic fatalities. The agency says that roughly 38,800 people died on U.S. roadways that year, a two percent decrease from 2018. The good news is we are continuing to see a downward trend in traffic fatalities. For example, 2018 had a four-percent decrease...

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Emerging car safety technology may help prevent distracted and drowsy driving

Distracted driving kills more than 3,000 people each year across the United States. Drowsy driving kills nearly 800 people yearly. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are more than one million traffic fatalities globally each year. The WHO also estimates that using a handheld or hands-free phone while driving increases the risk of...

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Study: Drivers experienced with vehicle technology likely to get distracted

Drivers with experience using modern on-board technology such as adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist are nearly twice as likely to engage in distracted driving activities, according to a recent study. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers were less distracted before they got accustomed to using advanced driver assistance technologies. The study...

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New Research: Lane-Centering Tech May Not Be As Safe As You Think

Car makers, safety advocates, lawmakers, and technology professionals have all been working together. Their goal: to prevent the high number of deaths that occur on U.S. roads each year. According to the Insurance Information Institute, approximately 36,560 people were killed in crashes across the United States in 2018 — down only slightly from 2017 (37,473 deaths). Vehicle...

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Distracted Driving Goes Beyond Simply Cellphone Use

Distracted driving is everywhere on Arkansas roads, and sadly, it's becoming the new norm. Today, more drivers are immersing themselves in the use of technology — many of whom are completely unaware of the dangers they pose to others. More than 3,100 people died across the United States in 2017 due to crashes caused by distracted...

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Preventing Teen Driver Crashes in Arkansas During the 100 Deadliest Days

Until the school year in Arkansas starts up, we're still in the “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers. This dangerous period for teen drivers starts on Memorial Day weekend and runs until Labor Day weekend. The American Automobile Association (AAA) discusses why this period is so risky for teen drivers by identifying three key factors –...

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Distracted Driving: An Epidemic on Our Roadways

We have more distractions than ever before in our daily lives. The pervasive spread of technology in the form of smartphones has contributed to most of our distractions, but many of the cars we drive today also have numerous features that have ways of distracting us while driving. A recent article in Psychology Today puts...

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