New York has not yet legalized the consumption of marijuana for recreational use, and lawmakers in the Empire State may study data coming out of states like Washington and California closely when the time comes to consider such legislation. Those who oppose more liberal marijuana laws often cite worries about impaired driving among their chief concerns, and research published recently in JAMA Internal Medicine suggests that these fears may not be completely unfounded.
Collision avoidance systems can significantly reduce injury car crashes in New York and nationwide, according to a 2017 study. Conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, it analyzed the impact of warning systems on traffic safety.
Some New York drivers may be distracted by their smartphones or by devices in their cars while they are behind the wheel. Many safety experts blame distracted drivers for the rise in traffic fatalities. Distractions can include making adjustments in the car such as temperature control as well as any actions that lead to drivers looking away from the road.
In New York and across the United States, traffic fatalities have escalated over the past several years. This has been attributed to several factors, including a growing number of motorists and distracted driving and walking due to smartphone use. However, the National Transportation Safety Board indicates that the main factor in this growing number of deaths is speed.
In New York, it's common for drivers to come in contact with aggressive drivers. Oftentimes, these same drivers become aggressive themselves. Rather than honking horns, flashing headlights, and making hand gestures, motorists should consider what many experts recommend they do.
Improved vehicle safety technologies are making roads safer in New York and across the U.S., according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The organization found that death rates involving late-model vehicles fell by more than a third between 2009 and 2012.
New York drivers may be more likely to be involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident since they are on the rise. In 2015, fatalities from traffic accidents nationwide increased 8 percent after years of being on the decline. In 2016, they topped 40,000.
Getting behind the wheel in New York can mean facing an array of dangers on the roadways, some of them accentuated by recent social trends. Distracted driving due to texting or social media use on the road is one major concern. Another concern that has risen is driving while under the influence of marijuana, especially because there is no recognized standard for intoxication as there is for drunk driving. One study conducted by Harris Poll has found that a great majority of Americans view these behaviors as dangerous with nearly everyone seeing texting while driving as a massive safety risk on the road.
Drivers in New York know that car accidents can happen for a variety of reasons. For people with certain medical conditions, taking medication could make driving safer. This point is illustrated by a recent study of crash rates among drivers who have been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The study found that ADHD patients who take medication for the condition may have a significantly lower rate of car accidents than those who do not take medication.
Workers in New York who are heading home after an all-night shift face an increased risk of car accidents. The culprit? Drowsy driving. A team of medical researchers studied the driving abilities of a group of night shift workers on a closed driving track. The research subjects navigated the course after getting roughly seven hours of sleep and then again after working all night.