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Vehicle technologies making roads safer

Electronic driver-assist systems are already making roadways safer in Georgia and across the country, according to data published by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Specifically, blind-spot detection and lane departure warning systems were found to reduce the incidence of head-on crashes and single-vehicle sideswipes by 18 percent. Injuries to drivers and passengers in those types of crashes were reduced by 24 percent.

More than 40,000 vehicle deaths reported in 2017

Georgia motorists might have heard that,according to the National Safety Council, there were an estimated 40,100 motor vehicle deaths throughout the country in 2017. This was a 6 percent increase from 2015 and slightly lower than the 40,327 reported traffic deaths in 2016. In 2017, there was a 1 percent increase in miles driven compared to the previous year, and the number of serious injuries was roughly the same in both years.

Travelers: risk for distracted driving goes up in summer

From January 2017 to May 2018, TrueMotion analyzed the behavior of more than 20,000 drivers over the course of 8.4 million trips via sensor data from its mobile app, TrueMotion Family. The smartphone telematics platform found that drivers become particularly distracted by their phones in the months of June, July and August. This may give pause to some drivers in Georgia.

Study finds car infotainment systems distract drivers

Some Georgia drivers may be distracted by the infotainment systems installed in their cars according to a study released in June by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The study examined the effects of the manufacturer's system as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Researchers found that both the Android and Apple systems did a better job of helping drivers keep some attention for the task of driving while the manufacturers' systems created a greater cognitive strain.

Drugs play role in many fatal crashes

In many fatal car crashes in Georgia and across the country, drugged driving is a factor in causing the collisions. According to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, almost half of the drivers killed in car crashes had some kind of drugs in their systems, most frequently marijuana, opioids or both. In 2016, 44 percent of drivers who were fatally injured in car wrecks tested positive for drugs.

New devices may prevent distraction on the road

With so many drivers being distracted by their smartphones, several providers have released free apps that can prevent motorists from sending or receiving texts or calls. However, Georgia residents should be aware that these apps often don't go far enough in stopping distracted driving.

The resemblance of drowsy and drunk driving

Many drivers in Georgia would probably admit to driving drowsy at least once; according to some studies, 60 percent of adults in the U.S. have done it, and a third of them even claim to have fallen asleep behind the wheel. Drowsy driving is more dangerous than some people think as its effects resemble those of drunk driving.

Drowsiness common among rideshare drivers

Every year in Georgia and across the U.S., drowsy driving leads to about 328,000 accidents according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Of those, approximately 109,000 result in injuries and 6,400 in a fatality. "Reduce fatigued-related accidents" is one of the 10 goals listed in the 2017-2018 Most Wanted List from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Human drivers not necessarily safer than autonomous vehicles

Human errors cause the vast majority of motor vehicle accidents in Georgia. The widespread use of autonomous vehicles or self-driving cars could make the roads safer. Despite two recent deaths during autonomous vehicle tests, the technology has the potential to reduce traffic fatalities significantly.

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