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Reflecting on the dangers of distracted driving

Distracted driving is becoming more and more of a problem in Missouri and around the country. Drivers seemingly care more about their smartphones and other electronic devices than about the personal safety of their passengers or occupants of other vehicles. In fact, of all fatalities during 2015 related to human choice, distracted driving deaths increased at a rate faster than fatalities caused by drowsy or drunk driving, a lack of wearing a seat belt and speeding, according to data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Millennials reveal their driving habits in AAA survey

Young drivers in Missouri and around the country have a reputation for engaging in reckless behavior and being overly attached to their cellphones, and a study released by the AAA on Feb. 15 suggests that these criticisms may have some merit. The motoring organization's Foundation for Traffic Safety surveyed 2,511 American drivers and focused on motorists between the ages of 19 and 24, and a concerning 88 percent of them admitted to sending text messages, speeding and running red lights during the previous 30 days.

Teenager killed in suspected drunk driving accident

A 22-year-old Missouri woman is facing drug possession, vehicular assault and drunk driving charges after an automobile accident in Jefferson County on the afternoon of Jan. 20 left her 19-year-old passenger dead. A Missouri Highway Patrol report says that the woman was also seriously injured in the crash, and she was transported, along with the driver of the other vehicle involved, to a local hospital for treatment. The accident took place on Highway 30 near House Springs at approximately 2:15 p.m.

Feds are asking phone makers to block features for drivers

As smartphone technology develops at light speed, distracted driving is no longer just texting. Now phone users can drive while they navigate, read Facebook, check the weather, get caught up on the news and view their daily schedule. Phone features are evolving quicker than manufacturers can consider the repercussions. Safety analysts are concerned as distracted driving begins to skyrocket.

Aggressive driving car accidents

Aggressive driving behaviors contribute to a lot of serious car accidents in Missouri and across the U.S. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a driver is 'aggressive" if they commit traffic violations that endanger other people or property. A study by the American Automobile Association found that 56 percent of fatal car accidents that occurred between 2003 and 2007 involved aggressive driving behaviors.

Government plan aims to make Missouri roads safer

On Oct. 5, the Transportation Department unveiled a plan that would eliminate traffic injuries and fatalities in the United States in the next 30 years. This would be accomplished by focusing on increased seat belt use as well as campaigns aimed at educating drivers about distracted and drunk driving. It is also thought that the advent of driverless cars will make it easier to eliminate traffic injuries and fatalities.

Older drivers and autonomous vehicle technology

Many of the cars and trucks offered for sale in Missouri contain sophisticated electronic systems that can actually take over the driving duties in emergency situations and either brake sharply to avoid a collision or steer safely around obstructions in the roadway. Auto manufacturers have pledged to make automatic braking systems standard equipment on virtually all passenger vehicles sold in the United States by 2022, and road safety experts believe that this type of technology could be of particular use to older drivers.

Experts ponder reason for 2015 traffic death increase

e United States motorists drove 3.5 percent more vehicle miles in 2015 compared to 2014, and this is one reason for the the higher number of traffic deaths that year. There were 35,092 fatalities in 2015. After several years of a decline this represented the biggest single-year percentage increase since 1966, and Missouri residents may wonder if there were other contributing factors.

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