From July 14 to 20, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will make sure that people who drive commercial and passenger vehicles in Illinois and elsewhere around the country follow the traffic laws. These seven days have been designated as Operation Safe Driver Week for 2019, and during the event, law enforcement personnel across North America will be stopping unsafe drivers and issuing warnings and/or citations.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that drunk driving crashes in 2017 caused 10,874 deaths in America. Around 30 people die every day as a result of intoxicated driving. Many concerned citizens and organizations wonder what to do about this problem and how to combat drunk driving. One car company thinks it has a solution. Illinois residents might like to know about Volvo's efforts to curb drunk and distracted driving.
Even the smallest car accident can rattle an individual. In some cases, collisions may result in personal injury or property damage. That's why it's important to accurately determine the severity of the injuries or damage. Someone who is involved in an accident in Illinois is urged to stay calm. While this may seem difficult, it will help one assess the situation and help others if necessary.
Many people in Illinois know the dangers of texting, surfing or otherwise using a mobile phone while behind the wheel. Legislative changes, public awareness campaigns and harsh enforcement programs have all been targeted to wipe out distracted driving linked to cell phone and tablet use while driving. However, distracted driving is not only a technological problem as most distractions that can affect drivers to the point of causing severe crashes are not linked to the use of mobile devices. Indeed, daydreaming, inattentiveness or other thoughts can be some of the most common causes of crashes involving a distracted driver.
Thousands of passenger vehicle occupants in Illinois and around the country are killed or seriously injured each year in side-impact collisions. Auto manufacturers equip their vehicles with the latest safety features and autonomous or semiautonomous crash avoidance technology to mitigate this danger, and several companies are said to be working on external airbag systems that would provide even more protection. According to tests conducted by the German car parts maker ZF Friedrichshafen AG, external airbags could reduce the severity of side-impact accident injuries by as much as 40 percent.
Most drivers in Illinois know that there is a link between lack of sleep and an increased risk for auto accidents. Drowsy driving is a factor in about 7 percent of all motor vehicle crashes in the U.S., including 16 percent of all fatal crashes. It can lead to inattention to one's surroundings and the inability to judge gaps between vehicles and other traffic conditions.
With Halloween coming up in just a couple weeks, many parents may be preparing for taking their kids out trick-or-treating. Among the things parents may want to get ready for is the possibility of their kids encountering dogs during the trick-or-treat excursion.