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New NHTSA Data Highlights the Importance of Buckling Up

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released traffic fatality data for 2017. The new data shows that car crash fatalities declined by nearly two percent between 2016 and 2017. After two consecutive years of increased fatalities, this is great news. However, NHTSA also notes that seat belt use remained virtually unchanged from 2016 to 2017, actually declining slightly over the year. Out of occupants who were fatally injured in 2017 vehicle crashes, nearly half were unrestrained. According to NHTSA, buckling up could reduce your risk of an injury by 50 to 65 percent depending on vehicle type. Why Should I Wear a Seat Belt? All passenger vehicles in the U.S. are required to have three-point seat belts. A three-point seat belt consists of a lap belt and a belt that lays diagonally across a person’s chest and shoulder. In the event of an impact, seat belts keep passengers…
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Drunk Driving Fatalities Increase in California

Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released 2017 motor vehicle fatality statistics. Altogether, there were fewer traffic crash fatalities in 2017 than in 2016. Though hardly an improvement, drunk driving fatalities decreased by one percent. In concern to California, there were 3,602 traffic fatalities in 2017. This means that California is no longer the deadliest state for driving. It is now the second deadliest state behind Texas. However, now more of California’s traffic fatalities include alcohol-impaired drivers. Up two percent from 2016, 31 percent of California’s 2017 traffic fatalities involved a drunk driver. With the holidays approaching, drunk and drugged driving will increase. If you go out and drink with friends and family this holiday, take a few minutes to plan ahead to find a sober ride home. If you are traveling in or between San Diego County cities, Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) is an inexpensive public transportation…
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It’s No Treat When Accidents Happen on Halloween

With costumes, head pieces, eyewear, makeup and pranks on Halloween, trick or treating can be fun. However, if an accident happens, the thrill is gone. Halloween is coming, and data compiled by the National Safety Council shows a spike in accidents related to this spooky holiday. Studies find that about 17 percent of those accidents involve pedestrians rushing into intersections when they weren’t supposed to, and 15 percent are attributed to poor lighting or dark clothing. Always apply plenty of reflective tape to costumes so they light up in the night. Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 43 percent of all motor vehicle deaths on Halloween are caused by drunk driving. In addition, 26 percent of pedestrian fatalities on Halloween involve drunken drivers. Car accidents are common, and usually occur between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. as the sun is beginning to set, making it more…
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