Drivers of large commercial trucks in Arizona may soon be able to drive longer without having to stop for a rest. This is because the federal Department of Transportation intends to relax its regulations pertaining to the number of hours truck drivers are able to work. The move is something for which the trucking industry has been advocate for some time. However, safety advocates oppose the move as they believe that it will weaken the federal guidelines and will result in fatigue-related safety hazards.
Drivers in Arizona who wish to improve their safety on the roads should be aware of safety tips that can make a big difference in the prevention of car accidents. Even though they are often preventable, car accidents in the United States are currently the leading cause of death in people between two and 34 years old.
Arizona residents might think that teen drivers become safer the longer they drive under adult supervision and that they become especially so once they have obtained their license, but it seems that the opposite is true. Virginia Tech University and the National Institutes for Health conducted a study comparing the driving of teens who had been licensed for three months to that of teens who were three months away from obtaining a license.
The state has recently undergone a major change in its traffic safety laws. Last month, the governor signed a bill banning the use of handheld cellphones while driving. Today, we’ll discuss the basics of this new law.
Both the Truck Safety Coalition and Road Safe American have joined forces to reduce trucking accidents in Arizona and across the United States. The safety groups sent a letter to Congress to encourage lawmakers to pass legislation that would require automatic emergency braking systems and speed limiters to be installed and used on all heavy-duty trucks. The groups say that they have been trying for 12 years to get the measures passed.
In 2017, there were over 127,000 motor vehicle accidents in Arizona. Almost 5,000 of these accidents were caused by a driver impaired by alcohol. According to a report by the Arizona Department of Transportation, these accidents resulted in the deaths of 320 people. Being aware of drunk drivers and driving defensively can help motorists avoid accidents and protect themselves.
Compared to a few years ago, driving in Arizona and around the country has become more dangerous. According to a report from the National Safety Council, traffic fatalities have gone up nationwide by 14 percent since 2014. In 2018, approximately 4.5 million people suffered serious injuries in motor vehicle crashes. Automotive safety technology that detects other vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists could reduce accidents, but the council's interim president and CEO said that the United States needs to adopt a culture of safe driving as well.
In an effort to reduce motor vehicle accidents and fatalities, the National Transportation Safety Board has released a list of suggested improvements. The list, which is termed "Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements," offered suggestions of what could reduce incidents for all modes of transportation. Six of the 10 items on the list are related to the trucking industry.
Driving is such an ingrained aspect of modern life in Arizona that it has become almost an automatic function. Many people become somewhat complacent in their driving habits. Not only are the best safety practices often ignored, but time has also become so precious that motorists often try to accomplish other tasks while they are behind the wheel. This, however, can present problems for the other motorists and passengers sharing the roadways.
Most drivers in Arizona have probably heard tales about the dangers of driving while using a mobile device. But there's another form of distracted driving that's not getting its fair share of attention -- daydreaming. It's fairly easy for a driver to lose their train of thought as their mind drifts. Unfortunately, all it takes is a brief moment of inattentiveness for a collision to occur.