Drug use among commercial truck drivers is a widespread issue. Ohio residents should know that cocaine, opioids and marijuana are the three drugs that truckers test positive for the most. Since drugged driving is impaired driving, this trend may have been contributing to a rise in trucking accidents.
The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is dangerous for teen drivers on Ohio roads. This is because roads and highways will be busier with inexperienced motorists traveling to parties and vacation destinations. Parents are encouraged to teach their kids about how to stay safe while on the road. For example, parents should talk about the dangers of texting and driving at the same time.
The dangers of driving while drowsy are more widely recognized in Ohio and across the country, but new data indicates that people still commonly drive when they're too tired. According to a survey by AAA, nearly a third of respondents said they had driven at least once in the previous month while they were so tired they had trouble keeping their eyes open. It is possible that prescription sleeping pills are contributing to the problem.
Many people in Ohio have good reason to be concerned about the dangers of drunk driving. In 2017 alone, 10,874 people were killed across the country due to car accidents caused by drunk drivers. Public awareness campaigns and intensified law enforcement activities have all come in response to the drunk driving threat and aim to prevent further roadway fatalities. One automaker is looking in a different direction to find a technological solution to the problem of drunk driving.
Some Ohio drivers may disapprove of others using cell phones while driving, but it might not stop them from doing so themselves. This was one of the findings of a survey conducted by Root Insurance, a company that gives discounts to drivers who set aside their phones while driving.
Ohio readers may be concerned to learn that the automatic emergency braking, or AEB, systems on some 2017-2018 Nissan Rogues appear to be malfunctioning, according to an automobile safety group. As a result, the vehicles could come to a sudden emergency stop and cause a serious car accident.
Data regarding whether cellphones were a factor in motor vehicle accidents may be improved in Ohio if a new technology that checks phone activity is widely adopted by law enforcement. Nevada and New York are two states where the legislature has considered a device called the "textalyzer."
On March 10, Ohio residents set their clocks one hour forward. This unfortunately means getting one fewer hour of sleep for many people. Official guidelines issued by the American Automobile Association advise drivers to get enough sleep before heading out on roads and highways. Experts recommend seven to eight hours of sleep every night. According to a recent AAA study, an overwhelming 95 percent of drivers stated that it's dangerous to drive without getting enough sleep. Despite this prevailing belief, nearly 30 percent of study respondents also admitted to driving their vehicles while significantly drowsy within the prior month.
Drunk drivers remain an all too common problem on Ohio roadways. However, there are several things sober drivers can do to help protect themselves and others from impaired drivers. By following some tips, it may be possible to avoid alcohol-related collisions, injuries and fatalities.
Road Safe America has looked at federal data on large truck crashes from 2009 to 2017, finding that there was an increase in large truck crash deaths in all but six states. A total of 35,882 people died in such crashes in that eight-year period. Ohio residents should know that the highway safety non-profit advises truck fleet owners to incorporate vehicle safety technology as a way to address the trend.