The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that in 2017, 10,874 people died in the U.S. due to drunk driving crashes. Every day, about 30 people in the U.S. are dying in such crashes. Ohio residents who own a Volvo car should know that the automaker has announced plans to update its vehicle safety tech to address the deadly trend of drunk driving.
A lack of sleep often leads to fatigue, a grumpy attitude and difficulty concentrating. The negative impacts that sleep deprivation has on a person are well documented. Still, some Ohio residents feel that it's okay to drive while they are drowsy. The research says otherwise. That's why Ford Motor Company used World Sleep Day on March 15, to highlight some of the dangers that drowsy drivers expose themselves to.
A new study suggests that distracted driving is factoring into more and more car accident fatalities. From 2015 to 2017, more than 1,400 people in the U.S. died in car crashes where one of the drivers was distracted by a cellphone. However, fatality rates differ by state. Ohio, which has no ban on handheld phone use and a partial ban on texting, ranked 26th with a distracted driving fatality rate of 1.26 people per 10 vehicle miles traveled.
Motor vehicle accidents around the country in 2018 claimed more than 40,000 lives and left a further 4.5 million road users seriously injured according to preliminary figures released by the National Safety Council on Feb. 13. The nonprofit advocacy group based its findings on data from the National Center for Health Statistics, which keeps track of injuries and fatalities that take occur on public roads and highways, private roads, driveways and parking lots, in Ohio and throughout the U.S.
Driving drowsy is unsafe, yet nearly one-third of respondents in a recent AAA survey admitted to doing so within the previous month. Their drowsiness, they said, was so bad that they could barely keep their eyes open. The National Sleep Foundation has compared the effects of sleep deprivation to alcohol intoxication. Being awake for 24 hours is like having a blood alcohol content of .10, which is above the .08 legal limit.
The results of a new AAA study on the hazards of vehicle infotainment systems should not be surprising to some drivers in Ohio. However, the fact remains that there are many who see nothing wrong with utilizing technology behind the wheel. One out of three Americans uses an infotainment system while driving.
Of all the deaths that result from traffic injuries, a third arises from drunk driving crashes. Having a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or above in Ohio can lead to fines, license suspension and other penalties. At 0.08 percent, drivers will experience impaired reaction times and greatly increase their chances for a crash.
Drivers in Columbus, Ohio, are familiar with the benefits of airbags in a vehicle. Modern cars and trucks are equipped with internal airbags for the driver and passengers as well as side airbags to lessen the chance of injury in a side-impact collision. Now, an airbag manufacturer believes that injuries can be further reduced through the use of external side airbags.
Since Daylight Saving Time ended in Ohio at 2:00 a.m. on Nov. 4, many of the state's residents will be driving home from work in the dark. This is a reason to be concerned because a study carried out by the National Safety Council reveals that the chances of crashing are approximately three times higher at night. Experts say that nighttime accident risks are higher because of reduced visibility, light glare and fatigue.
According to federal estimates, car safety tech can prevent about 40 percent of auto accidents and 30 percent of accident-related fatalities. Unfortunately, a lot of drivers in Ohio and across the U.S. are overestimating the abilities of such technology, mistakenly believing that it can replace rather than simply assist them.