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Distracted Driving Federal Grant Program

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The risks and dangers associated with distracted driving has become a growing safety concern among drivers everywhere. Deemed as an epidemic, this issue has certainly been recognized by the federal government. A national summit on the issue held in September 2010 led to the development of safety-driven federal grant program aimed at helping make roads throughout the nation safer. The program is an incentive for state governments because …

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Commercial Motor Vehicle Terms and Common Truck Accident Statistics

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In Florida and throughout the U.S., state roads, highways, and interstates are commonly populated by large commercial trucks, also known as semi-trucks or tractor trailers. A commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is defined as any large truck or vehicle with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) of more than 26,000 pounds or any bus designed to carry 16 or more passengers. Commercial motor vehicles require an active Commercial Driver’s License …

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Common Causes of Car Crashes

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Automobile accidents happen every day. Fortunately, most car accidents are relatively minor and do not cause injury to the occupants. However, other car accidents can be more severe and sometimes result in catastrophic injury or even death. Both fatal and non-fatal traffic accidents are commonly caused by some form of driver error, such as driver distraction. Although rare, automobile crashes can also be the result of inclement weather or defective …

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Texting and Driving Statistics

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Today, many of the news reports we see involving serious or fatal automobile accidents are caused by driver distraction. More specifically, a growing number of these traffic crashes are caused by texting and driving. While Florida lawmakers work to strengthen the existing secondary ban on texting while driving, it continues to a major contributor to auto accidents. Even in other states where texting while driving has been banned as …

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Female Teen Drivers more Distracted than Males

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More than one in three teens die as a result of a motor vehicle accident, making this the leading cause of death for young people in the US. Traffic safety experts cite inexperience behind the wheel, immaturity and a lack of parental involvement as the primary factors behind fatal auto accidents involving teenage drivers. Sadly, smartphone capabilities have added to distracted driving, a rising concern as it contributed to …

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Holiday Rush Increases Danger on the Road

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that people should be wary of more than just being able to weave their way through the crowds to find a gift. Researchers at the UA Center for Advanced Public Safety, who analyzed 10 years of Alabama crash data, found that the days just before Christmas can be a more dangerous time to drive than the days surrounding Thanksgiving and New Year’s. UA researchers found heavy traffic surrounding …

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Tips to Help Reduce Driver Distraction

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An increasing amount of accidents are caused by drivers who are distracted. It only takes a second for a driver to take his/her eyes away from the road and collide with another vehicle, motorcycle or even a pedestrian. Distracted driving is a major contributor to automobile crashes across the US. Each year, between 4,000 and 8,000 automobile accidents related to distracted driving occur. In the US, distracted driving contributes to …

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