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.
The ridesharing industry in Arizona, as elsewhere, comes with some inherent safety risks, according to a position statement from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Many ridesharing drivers, compelled by low fares and salary incentives, drive after extended periods of wakefulness and run the risk of becoming sleep-deprived. This means more cases of drowsy driving.
Bad driving habits are a widespread issue in the trucking industry. Many truckers in Arizona, as elsewhere, feel that it's fine to speed, drive while using their cell phone and drive in a drowsy state of mind. Others may grow negligent because they are urged on by the promise of by-the-load incentives. Unfortunately, these habits are largely behind the increase in truck accidents.
Road rage can happen at any time when driving on Arizona roads or any others throughout the country. Those who encounter aggressive drivers are encouraged to do whatever it takes to handle the situation in a calm manner. If a person is driving on a highway with multiple lanes, it is a good idea to change lanes as soon as it is safe to do so.
The World Health Organization has released its 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety. One of its most startling finds is that traffic accidents now make up the eighth biggest cause of death worldwide, above both HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. Globally, they are the leading cause of death among those aged 5 to 29. While most Arizona residents only have to contend with negligent drivers, low-income countries are also plagued with many poor road conditions.