July 2018 Archives

Women drivers likelier to use their phones, study says

New York prohibits the use of portable electronic devices among drivers. Despite this, many have no sense of how dangerous it is to text or call while behind the wheel. The Society for Risk Analysis has recently conducted a situation-based analysis of drivers' likelihood to engage in distracted behavior based on several factors. One of those factors is a negative view of road safety.

NSC estimate shows car crash deaths for 2017 exceed 40,000

Earlier in 2018, the National Safety Council released a preliminary estimate on car crash data for 2017, and for the second year in a row, the number of traffic deaths in the U.S. exceeded 40,000. There were an estimated 40,100 fatalities in all, compared to 40,327 in 2016. Drivers in New York will want to know more about this and other recent trends.

How to stay safe around large trucks

According to a study from Verizon Connect, New York was among the safest states to drive in as a commercial trucker. The study looked at 6,200 fleet customers from fleets ranging from 2 to 200 trucks. The trucks themselves ranged from light vans to heavier vehicles, and data was gathered from September 2015 to October 2017. Among all 50 states, North Dakota had the safest drivers with Maine and Nebraska in the top three.

Reckless Porsche driver causes fatal wreck in small New York town

Tires, glass and debris were scattered across multiple lanes on State Route 299 after a high-speed police pursuit ended in a fatal car accident on July 1 in Ulster County. A speeding 2008 Porsche Cayenne appeared to be the source of the crash. Local police in Lloyd had pursued the vehicle after receiving a call about someone driving erratically. Police tried to initiate a traffic stop, but the Porsche sped away in the highway's westbound lane.

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