Red-light running is a factor in hundreds of crashes every year in Florida and across the U.S. In 2016, more than 800 people died in red-light running crashes, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. There is one way to reduce this trend, however. And it's through the installation of red-light camera systems.
Thirty-four states, including Florida, require ignition interlock devices to be installed in the cars of DUI offenders. Over the past decade, the number of IIDs installed has gone from 133,000 to 350,000. These devices are simply breath tests connected to a car's ignition, and they keep a car from starting if the driver turns out to be drunk. They have prevented thousands of attempts made by drunk drivers to start their cars.
Florida drivers who have safety systems installed in their vehicles may be more prone to distraction risks. This was one of the findings of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, which did a study in conjunction with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute that examined video of drivers.
Opioid use is a factor in more auto accidents in Florida and across the U.S. In 1993, the percentage of crash initiators who tested positive for opioids was 2%. In 2016, that percentage was 7.1% Opioids are known to cause psychomotor and cognitive impairment, especially in those who are treating acute injuries and not used to the drugs' effects.
In Florida and across the U.S., distracted driving has long been an epidemic. A report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that it is becoming more of a danger as more drivers get away from talking on the phone and start to use it for other purposes.
Police in Florida say that a 30-year-old forklift truck driver who was involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident on the morning of Nov. 17 was not permitted or licensed to drive heavy machinery. The man faces a raft of criminal charges including a count of fleeing the scene. Media reports claim that the man continued on to a nearby construction site after the deadly crash and only returned to the scene after being pursued by bystanders.
While snow is not something that many Florida residents have to deal with, winter can still make the roads icy and slick. This means that tires lose their traction, and cars have a greater risk of spinning out of control or sliding into the rear of other cars. To keep themselves out of a car crash this winter, residents can consider the following tips.
Florida readers might be interested to learn that, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, figures, approximately 36,500 people were killed in traffic accidents across the United States in 2018. While that number represents a 2% decrease in fatalities compared to 2017, the good news is mitigated by significant increases in traffic-related pedestrian and cyclist deaths.
Drunk driving remains a major traffic safety issue in Florida and across the U.S. Worse, statistics show that a significant portion of drunk drivers are teenagers, and some states have more underage drunk drivers than others.
If asked, most in Naples would likely say that their greatest tool at avoiding auto accidents is their own strong driving skills. Indeed, there is something to be said about the effectiveness of smart, defensive driving in avoiding collisions with others. At the same time, however, one cannot account for another’s reckless, negligent or irresponsible actions. Sadly, people can easily become victims to such actions, suffering devastating injuries that leave them and/or their families having to deal with potentially massive emotional and financial losses.