Throughout Pennsylvania and the rest of the U.S., distracted driving is becoming a bigger safety issue. In fact, data from the U.S. Department of Transportation reveals that about 1.5 million American motorists are texting while driving at any given daylight moment. Road safety organizations and federal agencies have called on large electronics manufacturers to develop features that could make their devices more difficult for drivers to use. Class-action litigation filed against Apple has revealed that these features are already available but have not been offered to the public.
As smartphones continue to grow in popularity, more motorists in Pennsylvania and across the country could be tempted to read or send text messages while behind the wheel. While the companies behind popular social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter have been criticized for not taking action to curb this type of dangerous behavior, the makers of the popular messaging application Snapchat have been accused by road safety advocates of actually encouraging reckless driving.
Pennsylvania residents might have been warned about the dangers of drunk driving or texting behind the wheel, but many people may not hear much about driving while fatigued. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety issued a report on Dec 6. that illustrates how unsafe driving while tired could be. Compared to those who get at least seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period, those who sleep for five or six hours are twice as likely to crash.
Pennsylvania residents might like to know about a Thanksgiving day crash that killed three people. The authorities said that a 22-year-old Pittsburgh man with a suspended license caused the accident and was traveling at more than 100 mph. The man faces charges for vehicular homicide, aggravated assault with a vehicle and criminal homicide.
The millions of Pennsylvania residents who plan to travel over the upcoming Thanksgiving Day weekend may wish to be particularly vigilant as they venture out onto the roads. Data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate that road traffic accident fatalities surge during holiday periods, and Thanksgiving is often the deadliest of all. During the Thanksgiving period in 2012, there were 764 fatal and about 50,000 non-fatal traffic accidents, and the data suggests that many of these crashes and deaths could have been prevented.
When Pennsylvania motorists hear the term 'aggressive driving," they may picture a road rage incident. However, aggressive driving is actually a broader term that is used to describe many different types of behaviors. Aggressive drivers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, are those who put other people and property at risk by committing multiple moving traffic violations.
While Pennsylvania is experiencing a downward trend in car accident-related teen deaths, such is not the case nationwide. The National Center for Health Statistics reported that in 2014, there were 1,678 car accident-related deaths of individuals between the ages of 15 and 20. This makes car crashes the No. 1 cause of death for young drivers.
Police in Pennsylvania believe that an 18-year-old man ran through two red lights before his Hyundai sedan was struck by an SUV in Philadelphia's Feltonville neighborhood on Oct. 14. The crash left two of his passengers, a 16-year-old girl and a 19-year-old man, dead. Reports indicate that the man was rushing to a nearby hospital to visit his father at the time of the accident.
Many people lose their lives in traffic accidents in Pennsylvania each year. The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced a program that aims to reduce the number of deadly crashes to zero within the next 30 years.
New safety technology is making roads safer for older drivers in Pennsylvania and across the United States. Innovations like blind-spot warning systems and autopilot are already available on some high-end cars, but more safety breakthroughs are expected to become standard soon.