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Massive increase in pedestrian deaths blamed on distraction

Experts have labeled distracted driving, which typically means using a smartphone or vehicle infotainment system behind the wheel, as the source of a startling rise in traffic and pedestrian accidents. People in Arizona have likely witnessed people engaged in this behavior that takes their attention off the road. Traffic-related deaths have been risen 11 percent since 2009, but the toll on pedestrians has been far higher with a 46 percent increase in fatalities during the same period.

Car crashes and fireworks accidents on July 4

AAA estimates that 37.5 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more from their home during the Independence Day holiday period between June 30 and July 4. Arizona residents probably know that July 4 brings with it a higher risk for certain types of accidents. In fact, it is the deadliest holiday of the year according to Esurance and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The similarities between drowsy and drunk driving

According to a recent survey, approximately 60 percent of adults in Arizona and the rest of the U.S. have driven drowsy at least once. Even worse, a third say that they have fallen asleep while behind the wheel. The dangerous trend of drowsy driving contributes to many accidents. In fact, a lack of sleep can produce effects similar to those of alcohol intoxication.

Coverage of Tesla self-driving car crash provokes controversy

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.

Operation Safe Driver Week scheduled for June 15 to 21

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.

Distracted driving among truckers and how to reduce it

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.

Technology could eliminate traffic accident deaths by 2050

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.

Texting while driving most common during peak travel times

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.

Daydreaming poses highway dangers

In Arizona, a slow drive in a rural area can make for a pleasant outing. However, a seemingly innocent drive on a Sunday afternoon can cause a serious motor vehicle accident if the driver is daydreaming. Although regulations about using cell phones while driving are designed to prevent accidents, governmental agencies are not passing laws regarding distracted driving. Yet many preoccupied American drivers have caused serious car accidents. A driver who causes an accident because he or she is daydreaming is guilty of negligence.

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