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The effect of economic recession and recovery on driving fatalities in 2016

During the Great Recession and economic recovery, great improvements were made when it came to keeping roads and citizens safe from driving fatalities. However, per the National Safety Council, the number of traffic-related deaths hit 40,200 in 2016, which is up 6 percent from 37,757 in 2015. This is the highest number for a single year in almost the last decade. Before 2016, the highest number of fatalities hit was 41,000 in 2007.

How drowsy driving causes major accidents

Most people do not think of tiredness as risky. People who would never get behind the wheel after having a drink think nothing of driving when short on sleep. They would be surprised to learn that, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, there is not much difference between these two behaviors.

North Carolina woman facing charges after school bus crash

The North Carolina Highway Patrol has reported that a woman has been charged with running a stop sign after hitting a school bus in Pitt County on Feb. 21. The accident caused a minor injury to an elementary school student. The incident occurred at the intersection of Staton House Road and Daughtridge Drive near Greenville at approximately 3:10 p.m.

The impact of speeding

Speeding motorists are a common problem on the streets of Raleigh. Although the effects of driving faster than the posted limit are well-known, many drivers choose to do it anyway. In 2015, 9,557 people died from car accidents caused by speeding motorists, states the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute. The blatant disregard for traffic signs, rules, road conditions and other motorists make the roads more dangerous for everyone.

5 noticeable signs that a driver is drunk

It is well-known fact that drinking alcohol and driving do not mix. The majority of alcohol-related crashes across the nation are caused by binge drinkers. Even people in Raleigh who socially drink are at risk of drunk driving if they do not allow enough time to pass before they get behind the wheel. Drunk driving accidents are usually avoidable. You should learn how to recognize the signs of intoxicated driving so you can take measures to keep you and your passengers safe.

Millenials and risky driving behaviors

An AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety survey has found that 88 percent of drivers who are aged 19 to 24 years admitted to exhibiting dangerous driving behaviors during the previous month. North Carolina drivers who are concerned about road safety should know that the risky behavior included running red lights, speeding and texting while driving.

Highway safety group ranks states by their traffic laws

In the United States, traffic fatalities are on the rise. The group Advocates for Highway Safety has released a report on traffic safety that includes rankings of individual states based on their traffic laws. North Carolina ranked yellow in the color-coded ranking system, meaning it needs improvement in safe traffic laws. Only five states and D.C. ranked in the green, or very, safe range while 17 states received danger-zone ratings of red.

Ways to stay alert when driving

Distracted driving is a serious problem throughout the entire country, and it's not just talking on cell phones or eating that take your focus off the road. Driving distracted implies anything that pulls your full attention from driving, and drowsiness can be a huge factor. Sleepy drivers have a difficult time staying alert and may have slower reaction times, making it difficult to drive defensively and stop accidents before they happen.

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