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NHTSA announces summit on drugged driving

The causes of the recent increase in accidents related to drugged driving in Pennsylvania and across the nation aren't clear. Many experts point to the expansion of marijuana legalization in some states. Others believe it may be related to the opioid epidemic. Regardless of the reason, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is issuing a call to action in hopes of limiting resulting fatalities.

Road rage in Pennsylvania

Most drivers in Pennsylvania have witnessed or been involved in a road rage incident at one time or another. Remaining calm in these situations can help maintain safety. However, this can be difficult to do when anger is added to mundane road frustrations. While it may be impossible to avoid enraged drivers altogether, there are ways motorists can lower their chances of becoming embroiled in potentially perilous situations.

How the NHTSA is warning against drunk driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has kicked off its annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign in the effort to keep motorists from driving drunk during the holiday season and beyond. The campaign consists of TV commercials, which are being aired in Pennsylvania and all over the U.S., and a 360-degree virtual reality web program that allows users to explore the scene of a drunk driving crash.

The decreasing rate of vehicle deaths

Though many are aware that vehicle deaths have decreased since the early 1980s, some may not be aware of how dramatic of a drop there has been. Few people in Pennsylvania are aware of the large disparity between vehicle models and deaths attributed to each model, or how much safer later model vehicles may be.

Winter weather brings driving hazards

Winter is fast approaching, and Pennsylvania drivers will soon be faced with ice and snow on area roads. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 22 percent of all U.S. traffic accidents are the result of winter weather. However, by taking a few safety precautions, drivers can reduce their risk of being involved in a winter-related crash.

Standard time correlates with increased animal-related crash risk

As daylight hours grow shorter, motorists should be aware of the risk posed by wildlife who may wander across the roadway. The return of standard time coincides with wildlife mating season in Pennsylvania and other states across the nation, so deer and other types of animals are likely to be active when drivers are making their daily commutes in low daylight conditions.

Study shows how night shift workers risk more accidents

Pennsylvania residents should know that over 9.5 million Americans work either a night shift or a rotating shift. This means that millions of individuals are endangering themselves and others on the road each day they drive home from work. The reason lies in the nature of shift work. It disrupts the ordinary sleep-wake cycle, thus increasing drowsiness as well as the risk for getting conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.

Smartphone use may be behind rise of fatal car accidents

Some car accidents in Pennsylvania that have injured or killed people may have been caused by a driver distracted by a smartphone, but these accidents may not always be reported as such. Fatal motor vehicle accidents are on the rise after decreasing for years, and experts say the increase cannot be fully attributed to a slight rise in vehicle miles traveled or drunk driving. Some believe it is because of an increased use of smartphones behind the wheel.

Older cars are less safe, says report

A research paper released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates a negative correlation between the age of a car and how safe it is to drive. Specifically, the driver of a vehicle that is more than 17 years old faces a 71 percent increase in the risk of a fatal accident than a driver behind the wheel of a car that is three years old or less. These statistics may be especially sobering for Pennsylvania parents who would like their teenage drivers to be safe behind the wheel of an older vehicle.