The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released a study showing that many drivers do not understand the limits of vehicle safety technology like blind-spot monitoring systems, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. This overreliance on technology has become a concern in New Jersey and across the U.S., raising questions as to whether drivers are really prepared for autonomous vehicles.
Despite the many traffic laws aimed at prevention, distracted driving continues to be a problem in New Jersey and across the country. Because distracted driving often involves phone use, many people tend to assume that younger drivers are the most likely offenders. However, a new study suggests that more mature adults are actually the biggest culprits when it comes to phone use behind the wheel.
Residents of New Jersey may already be aware that drugs like marijuana and opioids can impair one's driving. While there are limitations to current studies of the effect of drug use on crash risk, what's certain is that it does impair and is on the rise. The Governors Highway Safety Association has conducted a study of drivers who were fatally injured in 2016, finding that 44 percent of them tested positive for drugs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.