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Rural traffic roundabouts may reduce car accident risks

After a car accident in North Carolina involving a fatal collision at a busy rural intersection with a stop sign, vegetation was cleared away, and signs pointing out the upcoming stop sign were posted. Serious accidents continued to occur. The stop sign was then replaced with a traffic circle referred to as a roundabout that allows traffic to flow nearly continuously in the same direction around an island in the center. It's a solution that may help reduce the seriousness of injuries and the risk of fatalities in rural parts of New Mexico.

Driving drowsy is both dangerous and prevalent

The American Sleep Foundation has reported that approximately half of the drivers in New Mexico and across the U.S. say they have consistently driven while they felt drowsy. Drowsy driving causes effects that are similar to drunk driving, including reduced reaction speeds. The Governors Highway Safety Association estimated that 5,000 people died on U.S. roadways in 2015 due to drowsy driving.

New teen drivers are more vulnerable to accidents

A new study sheds some light on the risks of being a new teen driver in New Mexico. The main conclusion is that teens are eight times more likely to get in a near-miss or collision in the first three months after obtaining a license as opposed to the last three months of driving with a driver's permit.

Study identifies people most likely to be distracted drivers

According to a new study, certain types of New Mexico motorists are more likely to engage in distracted driving behaviors than others. These types of drivers include women, people who are very attached to their phones, reckless individuals and those who are very disinhibited. The results were published recently by the Society for Risk Analysis.

Lane departure and blind spot warning systems reduce crashes

Owners of newer vehicles in New Mexico that include safety technology that warns drivers of lane departures and objects in blind spots appear to be benefiting from the automatic systems. Research conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety detected an 18 percent reduction in sideswipe and head-on collisions in vehicles equipped with these alarms. Injuries fell by 24 percent as well, and deadly accidents dropped by 86 percent.

2017 car crash data shows fatalities exceed 40,000

With new technology providing both pros and cons to drivers, New Mexico residents may be wondering what the car crash rates are currently like. The National Safety Council issued a preliminary 2017 estimate back in February that may be of interest because it states that for the second year in a row, the number of car crash fatalities has exceeded 40,000.

Distracted driving goes up during the summer

On June 15, the Travelers Institute hosted its Every Second Matters symposium at Capitol Hill as a way to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving. As the public policy division of a leading provider of property casualty insurance, the institute is especially concerned with how distractions raise the risk for accidents, especially fatal ones. New Mexico residents should know about the data the Travelers Institute brought up to support its claims.

Studies continue to link new tech to driver distraction

New mobile technology and automated features provide drivers with more and more distractions. New Mexico residents who are worried about the increasing number of distracted drivers on the road may be interested in some of the most recent studies about the trend.

Independence Day and its many safety risks

While it may not be pleasant to think about, the Fourth of July is filled with all kinds of safety hazards. Drivers in New Mexico should especially be careful. Esurance and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety both claim that the number of fatal car crashes reaches its peak on Independence Day. From 2007 to 2011, roughly 40 percent of all highway deaths in America were caused by drunk drivers during the Fourth of July holiday period.

Drug use becoming more prevalent in fatal crashes

New Mexico drivers might be interested in the findings of a Governors Highway Safety Association report about fatal car accidents and drugs. The impact of marijuana and opioids on traffic fatalities has increased in recent years. According to the report, 44 percent of drivers who died in traffic accidents tested positive for the presence of drugs in their systems in 2016. In 2006, only 28 percent of fatally injured drivers tested positive for drugs.

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