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December 2016 Archives

Promises to cut regulations could impact trucking rules

President-elect Donald Trump's campaign pledge to curb regulations has road safety advocates in Georgia and around the country worried. Trump has urged federal agencies to remove two existing regulations for every new rule put into place. While cutting red tape is seen by some as a positive step, groups like Road Safe America are concerned about how Trump's promises could impact pending regulations published in August 2016 by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Accident linked with controversial social media application

Video footage posted on the social media platform Snapchat has led to a raft of criminal charges for a 19-year-old Georgia woman. The popular application introduced a speed filter in 2013 that automatically adds a miles per hour figure to video and image files to show how fast people were traveling at the time they were taken, and the woman was using this feature and posting video to Snapchat just moments before her Mercedes sedan struck an SUV while traveling at more than 100 mph.

Police clamp down during Operation Safe Driver Week

Law enforcement agencies in Georgia and across the country warned or ticketed 19,657 truck and passenger vehicle drivers during the 2016 Operation Safe Driver Week. A further 991 motorists were pulled over by Canadian police between Oct. 16 and Oct. 22. The annual weeklong safety effort, which first took place in 2007, is organized by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration working in conjunction with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance.

States with the highest traffic fatality rates

Georgia residents may be happy to learn that they do not live in one of the top 10 most dangerous states to drive in. A study on traffic fatalities in each state found that in 2014, Wyoming was the most dangerous state to drive in, with 25.7 car accident deaths per 100,000 people. Wyoming was followed by Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Alabama, South Dakota and Louisiana.

Drunk driver, or just a tired one?

If you've ever watched a car drifting across lanes or weaving erratically, you probably wondered if the driver was under the influence. There are many causes for bad driving, and alcohol is prominent among them. Another possibility, however, is that the driver is sleep deprived. A report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that fatigue creates a similar risk profile in a driver to that of overindulging in alcohol.

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