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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.

Analyzing the effects of conversations on drivers

All Nevada drivers are banned from using hand-held cellphones and texting. While most people are aware that these activities are distracting and can increase the risk for car and pedestrian accidents, some may not know the full details. This is where a meta-analysis published in Human Factors can come in.

Traffic deaths caused by many factors

Nevada drivers probably know that speeding and drunk driving are high risk behaviors that contribute to auto accidents, but they may be surprised to learn about some of the other factors contributing to traffic fatalities. Safe driving requires a comprehensive approach to safety that includes taking precautions before getting behind the wheel along with attentiveness after getting started.

Daylight Saving Time may contribute to driver fatigue

A recent AAA study highlights the potential drowsy driving side effects of Daylight Saving Time. By turning their clocks ahead, Nevada motorists could lose some valuable sleeping time. Beyond the risk of falling asleep at the wheel, fatigued drivers also suffer from lower reaction times.

Device could determine if drivers were texting and driving

Although many Nevada drivers are aware that driving and texting is extremely dangerous, some drivers still look at their phone screens when they should be focusing on the road. Distracted drivers are at risk for causing accidents that can result in life-threatening or deadly injuries. However, officers often have difficulty determining if a driver was texting at the time of the crash.

How safety tech can reduce backup collision rates

Drivers in Nevada, as elsewhere in the U.S., may be looking forward to fully automated vehicles, but before that time comes, they may want to consider the safety tech that's available right now. A new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has shown that rear automatic braking systems, for example, can be really effective in preventing backup collisions.

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