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Despite driver safety campaigns and improvements in vehicle design, the rate of traffic fatalities made a sharp increase from 2014 to 2015.  That is according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). More than 35,000 people were killed in traffic-related crashes in 2015.  That is an…

Teen Driver Statistics:  Teenage drivers are involved in three times as many deadly crashes as all other motorists (Source: AAA).  This is likely due to the teen driver’s inexperience behind the wheel, coupled with immaturity, and a higher likelihood of taking risks such as speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, or driving under the influence of…

Airbags, used in conjunction with seat belts, have become essential safety tools for motorists.  Front driver and passenger airbags have been required equipment in U.S. manufactured cars since 1998.  Today, there are vehicles which feature more than ten different airbags – some, with airbags right in the seat belt itself (Source: Consumer Reports).  It is estimated that…

This week, September 19th through 24th, is Child Passenger Safety Week.  It is a time to raise awareness about children, and how best to keep them safe while they are riding in a vehicle.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 1…

Where does the City of Atlanta rank among the most dangerous cities for drivers?  According to personal finance website NerdWallet.com, Atlanta is seventh overall.  NerdWallet assembled data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, Allstate Insurance, and NeighborhoodScout.  The organization examined risks for drivers in highly-populated cities: car crashes, fatal accidents,…

Every year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) releases its list of safest vehicles on the market.  The group looks at “crashworthiness,” which is how well a vehicle protects the driver and passengers in a collision.  IIHS also examines front crash prevention, as well as systems designed to warn drivers about or mitigate an…

For many Georgia families, the beginning of August also means the beginning of the back-to-school season.  There will be more congestion on the roadways as parents drop their children off at school, school buses transport students, and kids ride their bikes or walk to class.  It is important for motorists and pedestrians to share the…

Dozens of new laws took effect in Georgia this month, with several new regulations directly impacting Georgia drivers and road safety.  Here is a closer look at some of the 2016 legislation: HB166: The “Motorcycle Mobility Safety Act” specifies that a motorcycle carrying a passenger (not in a sidecar or enclosed cab) needs to be…

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision may affect how states are able to combat drunk driving.  In the case, Birchfield vs. North Dakota, the Court considered whether warrantless blood tests are a violation of the Fourth Amendment’s ban on unreasonable searches.  That Amendment reads, in part: “The right of the people to be secure in…

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