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New Report Shows Pedestrian Deaths Remain at All-Time High

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) has published a new report on fatal pedestrian accidents in the US. According to the new report, pedestrian deaths have increased over the past decade while other types of traffic accidents have decreased. GHSA’s report shows there were 4,699 fatal pedestrian accidents in 2007. Just under 6,000 pedestrians died in 2017, which is roughly the same number of deaths that occurred during 2016. The report also lists several factors that may be responsible for pedestrian deaths each year. According to GHSA, states that legalized marijuana for recreational usage saw a collective 16.4 percent increase in fatal pedestrian accidents. Additional factors identified by GHSA and other organizations include speeding, distracted driving, distracted walking, alcohol usage and more cars on the road. What Can Pedestrians Do to Protect Themselves? It goes without saying that pedestrians are extremely vulnerable when they are walking or riding near motor…
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Can San Diego Decrease Wrong-Way Accidents?

ABC 10 News San Diego recently published an article that discussed wrong-way crashes in San Diego County. According to the article, there have been multiple wrong-way crashes since the beginning of 2018. An average of 23 people per year die in wrong-way crashes in California. Caltrans data shows 13 of these deaths occurred in San Diego during 2015, the last year records were compiled on these crashes. Most recently, a wrong-way driver caused a fatal crash on Interstate 8 near Sunset Boulevard. The wrong-way driver died in the wreck and two people in another vehicle suffered serious injuries. Caltrans is taking several steps to stop wrong-way crashes. Officials with Caltrans will install millions of red reflectors on freeways across the state, far more than what is currently in use. Officials hope the reflectors can alert even the most inebriated driver that they are on the wrong side of the road….
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Study Claims Drowsy Driving a Major Cause of Car Accidents in the US

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that drunk driving is responsible for more than 10,000 fatal car accidents each year. Everyone knows that drunk driving is a major public safety hazard that frequently causes injuries and deaths. However, a new study suggests drowsy driving may be almost as dangerous. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAA) published a study that argues federal statistics on drowsy driving accidents are underreported. Federal statistics claim drowsy driving is responsible for 1 to 2 percent of car accidents. AAA’s new study claims this number could be much higher. How did AAA determine that drowsy driving accidents may be underreported? More than 3,500 people were selected to participate in the study. AAA used in-vehicle cameras and other equipment to observe the participants while they were driving. Drowsiness was measured by observing the percentage of time motorists kept their eyes closed. There were…
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