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Device delivers electric shock to keep drivers alert

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowsy driving may be the cause behind up to 6,000 fatal traffic accidents annually. Oklahoma motorists might therefore be interested in a new device designed to keep drivers alert and awake, thanks to its use of electric shocks.

Study claims that higher speed limits have made roads deadlier

Although Oklahoma residents may enjoy driving down roads with higher speed limits, these roadways could be prone to fatal accidents. According to an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study, increasing maximum speed limits have led to at least an additional 33,000 deaths.

Crash tests lead to safety awards for large cars

Three full-sized vehicles popular among Oklahoma drivers have been awarded the highest rating for crashworthiness by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the auto safety organization financed by the car insurance industry. Receiving the Top Safety Pick Plus designation were the Lincoln Continental, Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan and the Toyota Avalon.

Technology might help lower distracted driving crashes

Oklahoma residents may be interested in news about an emerging technology called a textalyzer. Proponents of this technology claim that it will help lower the risk of distracted driving caused by cellphone usage. Opponents claim that it has the potential to give law enforcement too much information about a person, violating their civil rights and privacy laws. The technology was still in its early testing phases in the spring of 2017, but it could see wide scale usage.

Tailgating and accident liability

Fault is a major legal element in any car accident case. Under Oklahoma law, fault is usually determined by examining several important factors in an accident. One driver may be entirely at fault, or the drivers may share some fault or responsibility for the accident. Whichever driver is mostly at fault will be responsible for paying damages to the other driver.

How to combat distracted driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, out of all of the vehicle accident fatalities in 2015 that were attributed to human choice, those that resulted from distracted driving had a percentage rate increase that was higher than the fatalities caused by the failure to wear a seat belt, drunk or drowsy driving or speeding. Oklahoma motorists who are concerned about the growing problem of distracted driving should begin to consider how to avoid the problem.

Driver beliefs do not match dangerous behaviors

Some younger Oklahoma drivers might be more dangerous on the road than some of their older counterparts, according to a study carried out by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The survey found that millennial drivers are almost twice as likely to email or text while driving as those in other age groups, and they are more than two times as likely to think that driving 10 miles per hour over the speed limit in a school zone is acceptable.

The less sleep drivers get the higher the crash rate

Many Oklahoma motorists may be aware that driving while they are tired can be dangerous. However, a report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that the consequences of drowsy driving could be more severe than people might know. The report suggests that those who sleep less than six hours in a 24-hour period are twice as likely to become involved in a car accident than those who get at least seven hours of sleep.

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