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Device may help reduce numbers of drowsy drivers

Missouri motorists may be unaware that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, up to 6,000 fatal traffic accidents every year arou are caused by drowsy driving. In response, a company called Creative Mode has developed a device that is worn on the wrist and is supposed to alert drivers who are in danger of falling asleep at the wheel. The founder of Creative Mode says he first became aware of the problem of driver fatigue after a friend broke his collarbone when he drifted off while driving and hit a tree.

The effects of the economy on traffic accidents

Missouri residents might not be aware that there is a connection between driver deaths in traffic accidents and improvement in the economy. The information, presented by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, showed that when the economy improves, driver deaths tend to also increase.

Actions to take after a car accident

If a motorist is in a Missouri car accident, there may be several important actions to take if another driver is at fault. First, regardless of who has caused the accident, injured people should be assisted but should not be moved if possible. If the accident is serious, the police may be called.

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.

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