Illinois motorists should be aware of the summit that is to be held by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to address the nationwide problem of driving while under the influence of drugs. The summit, which will be held on March 15, 2018, is intended to start a national discourse about the issue. In part due to the legalization of marijuana in some jurisdictions and the rampant use of opioids across the nation, the increase in motor vehicle accidents caused by drugged driving has created a sense of urgency.
Speeding is a danger in Illinois and around the country, but few may know that speeding is a leading factor in the nationwide rise in traffic fatalities. This is according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board. The NTSB analyzed crash data between the years 2005 and 2014 and found that 112,580 deaths, or 31 percent of all fatalities, involved speeding. In comparison, drunk driving deaths totaled 112,948.
People in Illinois know that it's important to be aware of who has the right of way when driving. The rules that govern this distinction, also called failure-to-yield laws, determine who is legally correct in moving first when driving. Understanding who has the right of way can be critical in avoiding traffic tickets, moving violation citations and, most importantly, auto collisions and the risk they pose for serious personal injuries.
Drivers in Illinois might be curious about the causes of car accidents and how to avoid them. While it is impossible to completely prevent all accidents, there are certain factors that drivers can be aware of to attempt to avoid incidents.
Illinois drivers may be interested to learn that it has long been believed by many traffic engineers that roundabouts could be safer than busy traditional intersections. A study of 144 roundabouts in Minnesota showed that the fatal crash rate was reduced by about 86 percent after installation.
A person is killed once every 50 minutes on an Illinois roadway or elsewhere in America because of an impaired driver. In an effort to raise awareness of the dangers of impaired driving, December has been named National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. The goal is to recognize that impaired driving is not a smart option and that people can choose not to do so.
Those in Illinois and elsewhere around the country probably are aware that it is dangerous and illegal to drive while under the effect of marijuana. However, a new poll shows that most Americans believe that driving while high is less dangerous than texting while driving.
The Federal Highway Administration reports that nearly 1.3 million car crashes out of the more than 5.7 million that occur each year are weather-related, and winter is arguably the most dangerous season of all. Many drivers in Illinois are familiar with the heavy snow, freezing rain and flooding that it can bring, which is why they should inform themselves about the ways they might avoid an accident during inclement weather.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the deadliest holiday in the U.S. may be Thanksgiving. In 2012, for example, there were 764 crashes involving fatalities on Thanksgiving, compared to 654 on Christmas. In addition, that year saw 50,000 non-fatal crashes on Thanksgiving. Illinois residents may be wondering what can be done to prevent this surge in mortality rates.
Night shift work disrupts the ordinary sleep-wake cycle, increasing the risk of drowsiness in the daytime. With over 9.5 million people throughout the U.S. working a night or rotational shift, drowsy driving has become a public health hazard in Illinois and around the country.