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Smartphone distractions and fatal traffic crashes rise in summer

Long road trips often take travelers across Nevada during the summer vacation season. Data collected by TrueMotion, a company that analyzes smartphone use, indicates that drivers increase their smartphone usage by about 10 percent during June, July and August. The company studied 20,000 drivers and determined that they were engaged with their mobile devices for about 15 minutes out of every hour during the summer months.

GHSA analyzes role of drugs in fatal car crashes

Between 2006 and 2016, the percentage of fatally injured drivers who tested positive for drugs went up from 28 to 44 percent. This is according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. Its other findings should interest drivers in Nevada, considering how the state has legalized the use of recreational marijuana.

How new tech may reduce distracted driving

Smartphones provide myriad distractions for drivers in Nevada, but advances in technology may help people to fight these temptations. For example, a group of Colorado-based technology entrepreneurs has created a special device that can connect the smartphone to the cloud after being plugged in underneath the steering wheel. This device, named Groove, lets the phone provider know that the user is driving; blocks incoming texts, social networking updates and emails; and prevents the driver from sending messages or posting on social media.

The proper way to react to a car crash

Those who are in a car accident in Nevada or anywhere else should stop and assess the damage incurred. While it may be necessary to move a vehicle, that should not occur until the police arrive. An exception could be made in the event that a vehicle is blocking traffic. After calling the police, it is a good idea to spend time getting as much information about the accident as possible.

How drowsy driving resembles drunk driving

Some Nevada motorists may be surprised to hear this, but 60 percent of adults in the U.S. have admitted to driving drowsy at least once. Furthermore, a third claim that they have even fallen asleep while behind the wheel. What many people don't know is that drowsiness has a similar effect on the body to that of alcoholic intoxication.

Safety group wants to eliminate all traffic deaths

Traffic deaths in Nevada and throughout the country could be eliminated by 2050 according to a group called the Road to Zero Coalition. It wants to accomplish this goal by implementing a variety of reforms and innovative solutions. For example, it wants to increase seat belt use from 90 percent to 100 percent. While this seems like a small gain, half of traffic deaths are to those who don't wear a seat belt.

Study suggests that distracted driving laws are ineffective

Nevada is one of 15 states to have passed legislation banning the use of cell phones and other mobile electronic devices by drivers, but a recent study from a road safety analytics company suggests that even the harshest distracted driving laws are largely ineffective. The figures also suggest that the problem of distracted driving in the United States is far more serious than safety groups or government agencies imagine.

Daydreaming causes more crashes than texting

Las Vegas motorists are aware of the dangers of distracted driving, but most people associate the problem with cellphone use, such as texting or sending an email, while behind the wheel. However, a data analysis by Erie Insurance found that most distracted driving accidents are actually caused by simple daydreaming.

Study shows distracted driving is on the rise

A recent study revealed both good and bad news for Nevada motorists. People are more aware than ever of the dangers associated with distracted driving. Unfortunately, individuals continue to engage in behaviors they know to be dangerous. Officials are struggling to find solutions to an epidemic of distracted driving largely fueled by ubiquitous smartphones and exacerbated by traditional distractions, such as eating while driving.

Humans and the safety of autonomous vehicles

Nevada drivers who are concerned about road safety may be interested to know that human influence could have a negative impact on autonomous vehicle technology. According to a computer professor from Arizona State University, the vehicles are unsafe because they are programmed to copy humans.

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