As most people are aware, daylight saving time recently came into effect in most areas of the country, including New Jersey. What people may not know is that "springing forward" one hour in March can lead to a higher rate of traffic accidents, including fatal crashes.
Red light cameras have been a popular solution introduced by municipalities in New Jersey and across the country to cut down on red light violations and improve traffic safety. They also often have the effect of increasing revenue from tickets because the cameras are mounted on light poles to capture images of cars that run through red lights as well as their license plates. Drivers who run red lights may receive tickets in the mail without the need for police stops for traffic offenses. Red light running is a serious safety concern, especially because 800 people are killed every year in car accidents linked to the practice while thousands more are injured.
In the past decade, the number of ignition interlock devices installed on vehicles in New Jersey and across the U.S. has gone up from 133,000 to 350,000. Some 34 states require DUI offenders to install these in their vehicles, and as a result, these states see 15% fewer alcohol-related crash deaths than other states. The CDC says IIDs reduce repeat DUI offenses by 70%.
New cars sold in New Jersey and around the country will one day come equipped with technology designed to prevent drunk driving if bills recently submitted to the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate reach President Trump's desk. The proposed legislation has received bipartisan support from lawmakers who hope that it could save as many as 7,000 lives each year. Drunk driving remains a thorny road safety issue in the United States, and accidents caused by intoxicated motorists claim about 30 lives each day.
Drivers in New Jersey are likely interested in learning about efforts that are being made to improve distracted driving. Unfortunately, about nine deaths in the United States are related to individuals being distracted while behind the wheel. Many feel that it is good news to know that Advanced Driver Assistance Systems will have to be included in all new vehicles by the end of 2020 in the United States and Europe, including forward collision warning systems and autonomous emergency braking systems.
Thanks to advances in vehicle safety technology, New Jersey pickup truck drivers are less likely to be injured in a crash than ever before. However, a recent study finds that truck passengers aren't as lucky.
Drivers in New Jersey will want to be more careful around signalized intersections because the number of deaths due to red light running is increasing. In 2017, there were 939 such deaths: the highest it has been in 10 years according to a recent AAA report. Just over a third of the fatalities were the offending drivers while the rest were pedestrians, cyclists or occupants in the other vehicle.
Aggressive law enforcement and powerful public information campaigns have helped to lower drunk driving fatalities by about a third in just 30 years, but more than 10,000 road users still die each year around the county in motor vehicle accidents caused by a motorist impaired by alcohol. The legal intoxication threshold for New Jersey drivers is a blood alcohol concentration of .08%, but medical research reveals that motorists can be dangerously impaired with far lower BACs.
Insurify has looked into its database of more than 1.6 million insurance quotes in order to compile a list of 10 newer vehicles that are involved in the most at-fault accidents in New Jersey and across the U.S. To be considered, the insurance quotes had to mention the vehicle's make and model and whether the vehicle had been in a crash before.
The audio commands and touchscreens used to control in-vehicle technologies are too distracting for many older drivers in New Jersey and around the country, according to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the University of Utah. As a result, the authors of the study are calling on car manufacturers to develop designs that are user-friendly for all ages.