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October 2016 Archives

Evaluating aggressive driving on Georgia roads

Racing a vehicle on public roads might be easily recognized as not only inappropriate but also reckless. However, labeling driving behavior as aggressive might seem more challenging as this might appear to reflect a state of mind at the time of an event or an intent to do harm. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is responsible for maintaining statistics and information about safety issues on the nation's roads. The agency indicates that driving is considered aggressive if someone endangers a person or property through a combination of offenses.

Vehicle-related teen deaths on the rise

About 3,000 teenagers die in traffic accidents around the country every year, and Georgia parents may not know that it is the leading cause of teenage fatalities. They die in crashes at a rate of three times more compared with any other age group. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has reported that overall, the rate of traffic fatalities increased by more than 7 percent over the prior year, the largest percentage increase in 50 years. Teen accident fatalities 2015 increased by 10 percent, which was the highest percentage of any one age group, according to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association.

Fatal commercial vehicle accident

Gilmer County's fire chief reported a commercial vehicle accident involving a tour bus and a tractor-trailer truck that resulted in the death of one person and injuries sustained by 43 other people. The accident occurred on Oct. 13 at around 11:15 a.m. at the intersection of Georgia State Road 515 and Whitestone Road.

DOT announces goal of zero traffic deaths within 30 years

Road traffic accidents in Georgia and around the country claim tens of thousands of lives every year and leave millions with injuries. However, experts in the Obama administration believe that autonomous vehicle technology could help reduce these figures to zero within the next three decades. Officials from the Department of Transportation announced the bold 30-year goal on Oct. 5, and they then went on to explain how it could be achieved.

NHTSA announces investigation into Ford F-150 brakes

Pickup truck buyers in Georgia and around the country have made the Ford F-150 America's best-selling vehicle, but a federal investigation into its braking systems has raised quality control and safety questions. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced on Sept. 28 that it was launching an investigation after receiving reports of sudden and total braking loss from 25 F-150 pickup truck owners. The braking systems being investigated were fitted to F-150 pickup trucks equipped with 3.5 liter V6 engines manufactured in 2015 and 2016.

Driverless Cars And Consumer Confidence

Depending on who you ask, autonomous driving is either a dream of science fiction or the next big thing in transportation. Predicting when, or even if, driverless cars will become commonplace is difficult. For those of us who understand serious car and truck accidents, any technology that promises to reduce crashes is welcome. The driving public, however, remains reluctant to make the switch.


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