Arizona residents may remember that in March, an Uber-owned self-driving vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian. It caused Uber to pull all of its self-driving cars in this state. A recent self-driving car crash, this time in Utah, has created controversy of a different kind.
Drivers in Arizona and across the nation should be aware that the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance has scheduled its Operation Safe Driver Week for June 15. This annual event is a collaboration between the CVSA, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and various transportation safety organizations. The Operation Safe Driver Program was created as part of the effort to reduce highway injuries and fatalities on America's roads.
Addiction to smartphones, in-car entertainment systems and other forms of technology continue to impact the way drivers in Arizona act behind the wheel. The trend in distracted driving is especially high among commercial truck drivers, which should be of concern to everyone on the road because truck accidents are usually serious, if not fatal, for the victims.
Arizona motorists might not know that traffic accidents around the country kill an average of about 100 road users each day, but that figure would be reduced to zero if a coalition of federal agencies and road safety organizations achieve their goal. The Road to Zero Coalition is managed by the National Safety Council and backed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Administration. It is also supported by more than 650 advocacy groups, trade associations and insurers.
According to the developer of the Drivermode app, motorists send more texts during afternoon rush hours than other times of the day. The data suggests that the number of messages sent at these peak travel times might be a cause for concern. Because the study results illuminate a trend that could apply to the population at large, drivers in Arizona and other states may want to know more.