As the National Sleep Foundation has announced its annual Drowsy Driving Prevention Week for Nov.1 to 8, 2020, drivers across Nevada may want to take a second look at the impact that drowsiness can have on their behavior behind the wheel. In its effect, drowsiness is similar to alcohol intoxication as it impairs drivers' attention, ability to assess risks and reaction times. Being awake for over 20 consecutive hours is like having a BAC of .08.
Nevada residents who are excited about the advent of self-driving cars should know that there are several concerns that keep the majority of the U.S. public from accepting them. AAA conducted a survey in January 2020 asking consumers if they would feel safe riding in a self-driving car, and only 12% answered in the affirmative. Twenty-eight percent admitted they don't know what to think about self-driving cars in the first place.
According to national statistics, the traffic safety picture in Nevada and across the country is on a positive trend. The National Safety Council said that while 38,800 people were killed in traffic accidents across the country in 2019, this marked a decline in deaths for the second year in a row. This number marks a 2% drop from the 2018 numbers and a 4% decline from 2017. Overall, traffic deaths have been on a long-term decline since the 1970s, with the introduction of seatbelts, airbags and a wide range of safety technologies. However, in 2015 and 2016, there were significant increases in the number of deaths on the roadways.
Nevada residents may be aware that new vehicles come with a crash test safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This 5-star rating system was developed in the 1990s from an earlier program, and vehicles are rated after a series of laboratory crash tests with dummies. While the system has had a positive impact on the automotive industry, it may need updating in light of recent advances in vehicle technology.
Every year, red-light running crashes take the lives of hundreds of people, the majority of them being pedestrians, bicyclists and occupants of vehicles other than the offender's. Nevada residents should know that one proposed solution to the trend of red-light running is the installation of a system of red-light cameras.
Pedestrians are at risk in Reno and throughout Nevada even when they walk in crosswalks and follow all the basic rules for safety. Drivers are becoming increasingly reckless with distractions, speeding and driving under the influence. This can lead to accidents. In some of these collisions, the driver made the situation worse by fleeing the scene. When this happens, law enforcement does whatever it can to find these drivers. When the driver is found, it is important for the injured pedestrian and their family to know what steps to take to recover compensation.
Distracted driving is a continuing problem in Nevada and across the nation. While most will equate being distracted behind the wheel to the overwhelming use of cellphones, there are other ways in which a driver can be distracted.
In Nevada and throughout the United States, distracted driving is viewed as an unnecessary and dangerous behavior that people are encouraged to think twice about. Because so many auto accidents happen because of a distracted driver and these cause injuries and fatalities, it seems that people understand the dangers and still choose to drive distracted.
Pedestrian accidents are a growing concern in Nevada and across the nation. Drivers are increasingly distracted, and this often leads to them hitting people because they are not paying attention.
Distracted driving is a national issue. It is worrisome here and throughout the United States. To seek strategies to reduce its frequency and make the roads safer, researchers analyze the data for auto accidents due to texting and driving and other forms of distraction. This information can be essential for legislators and law enforcement to understand how to address this problem. Recent research indicates that there has been significant improvement in many states -- including our state -- when it comes to distracted driving. Still, there are concerns and people can be injured and lose their lives in this type of auto accident.