Back in 2006, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released the first edition of its Traffic Safety Culture Index, an annual survey that provides an eye-opening and thought-provoking look at trends and attitudes among U.S. drivers.
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident, you are likely feeling at least somewhat disoriented. Although human senses can become particularly acute in the immediate aftermath of car wrecks and other accidents, they do not stay this way for long. The need to mentally, emotionally and even visually process a motor vehicle wreck can leave accident victims feeling like they aren't sure how to react and at what speed.
It seems that our possessions are closer than ever to âunderstandingâ us. Remote activators can let us know where we lost our keys, fitness trackers measure a host of our bodiesâ movements and processes and some smartphones even refuse to operate for anyone other than the individual whose thumbprint it recognizes. If smart technology could not only help us find our keys and activate our phones but also make us safer, wouldn't that be a development worth exploring?
Over the past several years, numerous media outlets have reported that much of the American public is suffering from a phenomenon referred to as recall fatigue. The concept of recall fatigue is rooted in the idea that when an overwhelming number of recalls is publicized, the public becomes overloaded with information and ultimately stops responding to recalls with any sense of urgency. It is important to understand this phenomenon in order to properly address it.
In our last post, we began a discussion about personal alcohol breath tests. We noted that it is surprisingly easy for a responsible motorist to unintentionally drive while intoxicated. We also noted that if more Americans purchased and regularly used personal alcohol breath tests that the rates of DUI arrests and drunk driving accidents would likely drop significantly. This issue is particularly pressing given the fact that approximately 12,000 individuals perish annually as a result of drunk driving accidents, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Most Americans are acutely aware of how dangerous drunk driving can be. It is very rare that anyone is so reckless that he or she knowingly and intentionally gets behind the wheel while obviously drunk. More common is the scenario in which an ordinarily responsible adult believes himself or herself to be sober enough to drive safely and is ultimately surprised to learn that he or she is not quite sober enough to be considered “legally drunk.”
It is easy to become overwhelmed by statistics. Once overwhelmed, it can be too easy to forget that each element of a statistic is unique. For example, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has determined that in 2013 alone, 32,719 individuals were killed as a result of motor vehicle accidents that occurred on American highways and roadways. Every single one of these 32, 719 individuals was someone’s daughter or son. When looking at statistics as distinct in this fashion, it becomes both more difficult and easier to grasp the scale of motor vehicle fatalities in America.
Many adults who seldom drink do choose to drink a bit during the holiday season. Alcohol is often served at holiday parties and New Year’s champagne toasts are common. There is certainly nothing wrong with drinking during the holidays. However, it is important for older Americans to be particularly careful about when and what they choose to drink if they plan to drive after the celebration has concluded.
Most American motorists are now aware of the fact that distracted driving is dangerous. In recent years, a host of educational campaigns, anti-distraction laws and other efforts aimed at reducing cellphone use while driving have received extensive media coverage. As a result, avoiding the message that distracted driving is dangerous is nearly impossible. Despite these efforts, it seems that distracted driving behaviors are more pervasive than ever.
A misconception regarding elderly drivers has permeated popular culture. Movies, books and even commercials lead Americans to assume that elderly drivers are "bad" drivers. They are supposedly slow, distracted and are generally dangerous. It is true that some elderly motorists are not "good" drivers. They fit either this entire stereotype or part of it. However, the general population of elderly drivers is actually safer than younger motorists are.