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December 2019 Archives

Distracted driver risk goes up with new safety systems

New technology designed to improve safety may cause more problems for Ohio drivers than it solves. Researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute returned data on two new safety devices and associated car accident risk. Both lane-assistance and adaptive cruise control technologies promoted human error. The AAA Foundation reported a higher risk of distracted driving and car accidents attributable to the safety devices. The finding ran contrary to the goal of automation technology, which is limiting human error.

New cars may soon have alcohol detection systems

Many automakers are working hard on alcohol detection systems for their vehicles. Some are using in-car cameras while others have turned to touch sensors. One system, called the ignition interlock device, has already been proven to help keep those who are intoxicated from driving. Ohio residents should know that some lawmakers now want to make alcohol detection a permanent feature on all new cars.

Study associates opioids with some fatal two-car crashes

The opioid epidemic has had its impact on car crash numbers in Ohio and across the U.S. Whereas 2% of crash initiators in 1993 tested positive for opioids, that percentage went up to 7.1% in 2016. Now, a study published in JAMA Network Open has associated opioid use with a fair number of fatal two-car collisions.

Drivers use phones for more than talking

A study found that drivers in Ohio are using their phones differently in 2018 than they were in 2014. The study tracked the behaviors of drivers at red lights at four different locations in Virginia. A report recently released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS, revealed the survey's findings. One of the key takeaways was that drivers were 57% more likely to use a phone to perform tasks other than making calls.

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