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Study says that more people are using phones while driving

More drivers in New Jersey and across the United States are regularly talking on their cell phones while behind the wheel, according to a new survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The study, which was released on March 29, asked 2,613 licensed drivers about their cellphone habits while behind the wheel over the past 30 days.

Soft tissue damage: causes and symptoms

The muscles, ligaments, and tendons of the body are called the soft tissues, and these can be sprained, strained, and torn by sudden, uncontrollable movements. This is why soft tissue damage is a frequent outcome of car accidents, when the impact and braking toss the body back and forth. Drivers in New Jersey will want to know what the symptoms are.

Report urges state governors to improve traffic safety

According to a report issued by the National Governors Association, the governor of New Jersey has a critical role to play for improving safety on the state's roads. The report urges all governors to increase efforts to address the rising dangers experienced by motorists and pedestrians.

Assisted driving technology already saving lives

Despite their current unavailability, there has been a great deal of publicity surrounding self-driving cars in recent years. It's not hard to understand why New Jersey drivers might be excited about the autonomous future given the benefits touted by automakers. However, many of the lifesaving features on self-driving cars are already available in some existing models.

Car insurance companies could start tracking phone use

Drivers in New Jersey and around the country may be aware that auto insurance companies use driving histories as well as other information to determine premiums. Rates are generally higher for motorists who have low credit scores or live in high-crime areas. A division of the Allstate Insurance Company has recently developed a way to also track in-car smartphone use to assess distracted driving risks. Arity says that its technology, which uses a phone's gyroscope and accelerometer to track speed and movement, can even tell when drivers pick up their phones to make calls or send text messages.

NHTSA wants to make ending drugged driving a priority

In an effort to make roads in New Jersey and throughout the country safer, the NHTSA is partnering with other stakeholders in an effort to end drugged driving. Among the parties invited to attend a March 15 summit include state and local elected officials and data and policy experts. Others include toxicologists and those who have criminal justice or law enforcement backgrounds. They will work with the agency on developing ways to keep the roads safer.

NTSB recommends severe changes to curtail speeding

Traffic deaths in New Jersey and across the country have been on the rise in recent years. Experts disagree on the cause. While some believe that the increase of total drivers on the road has naturally led to a higher rate of collisions, others point to smartphones in the hands of distracted motorists or pedestrians. However, a study by the National Transportation Safety Board puts the blame on speeding.

Multiple car accidents in New Jersey

Multiple accidents, some involving pedestrians, started a recent week off on a sour note for several New Jersey towns. Four people died, and one person was said to be in critical condition. Many families are mourning the loss of their loved ones today after the car accidents occurred. Two female pedestrians were hurt in separate accidents; a 69-year-old died, and an 80-year-old suffered serious injuries. 

Pedestrians at risk in New Jersey car accidents

Pedestrians who are walking along and crossing roads in New Jersey may be risking their lives. Route 130 is a highway that runs from Salem County to Middlesex County. Somewhere in the middle, one stretch of this road in Burlington County has been labeled the deadliest in the state for people traveling on foot. In New Jersey, car accidents involving pedestrians are at an all-time high for six years running.

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