For drivers in Connecticut, regulatory changes at the Department of Transportation (DOT) may spark greater concern about roadway safety. Reports indicate that the DOT is planning to loosen regulations that restrict the number of hours truck drivers can work at one time. Called hours-of-service regulations, the current law limits truckers to driving 11 hours within a 14-hour shift. Before driving again, they must take at least 10 hours off the clock. Truckers who are caught violating these rules may be taken out of service, preventing them from working and receiving pay.
Connecticut residents may not be surprised to hear that the holidays see more drunk driving deaths. According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System, a program that collects data for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the worst holiday for DUI deaths is the Fourth of July.
According to estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, when the 2018 statistics are finalized, the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents involving at least one semi-truck will show a 3% increase. A preliminary NHTSA report indicates that the number of car accident fatalities fell from 2017 to 2018 by 1% even though the total number of miles traveled increased by .4%. Drivers should be aware of large trucks on Connecticut roadways as truck accidents tend to be more severe than other motor vehicle crashes.
Connecticut residents who enjoy spending time at water parks may want to know about some of the risks involved. The first and most obvious is overcrowding. The World Waterpark Association estimates that a total of 85 million people visited the U.S. 1,300 water parks in 2015.
When people in Connecticut get behind the wheel, they face the risk of a serious car accident. Every year, thousands of people are severely injured or even killed in motor vehicle collisions across the country. In fact, car crashes are the most common cause of death for Americans aged 2 to 34. There are a number of ways that people can aim to reduce the risk of serious accidents and improve their roadway safety. By doing so, they can help protect themselves as well as others on the road.
Most drivers in Connecticut appreciate technology that helps keep them stay safe behind the wheel. Even so, automakers are concerned certain safety innovations they're adding to vehicles may confuse some drivers. Researchers liken the increased use of automated assistance technology to what happened when autopilot capabilities were first introduced.
Connecticut drivers experience changing weather conditions year-round. Although snow may be the weather condition that makes drivers the most cautious, rain can be dangerous too. A recent study reported by the American Meteorological Society compared light rain, moderate rain and heavy rain conditions as they relate to car crash risk. According to the findings, even light rain or a drizzle can increase the risk of a car crash by 27%.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration states that in 2017, there were 34,439 fatal crashes in Connecticut and the rest of the U.S. Of these, 4,079 involved at least one large truck or bus. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says that 72 percent of all fatalities in truck crashes are the occupants of passenger vehicles.
Many Connecticut residents have to admit that from time to time, they drive while distracted. It could be that they are on their cellphone and answering phone calls, checking social media or responding to text messages. Many of these same individuals would admit that driving while distracted is dangerous. This disparity between what drivers know and what they do has an impact on how safe the roads are.
Many drivers in Connecticut and across the U.S. become distracted whenever they pass an emergency vehicle on the street. In a survey conducted by the National Safety Council and the Emergency Responder Safety Institute, 60 percent said they post on social media whenever they see such a vehicle. Just over 65 percent said they send an email about it. Seventy-one percent take photos or videos, and 80 percent slow down to get a better look.