Making it safer for drivers to be on the roads isn't always easy. Trying to take the human error out of the equation is impossible. However, there are some things that could be tried to reduce the number of collisions on the roads. One of those things is creating a safer system for the roads.
Everyone has had a moment behind the wheel when he or she felt too tired to keep driving. Most people decide enough is enough and pull over to the side of the road. They might take a nap or rest for several hours before continuing. Others grab a quick coffee and make sure they're awake and alert before continuing onward.
A driver from Brighton has been accused of a DUI and reckless driving after hitting a student from the University of Colorado. According to the Jan. 17 report, the student, a 20-year-old, had part of his scalp torn off in the crash and suffered serious injuries. The crash involved three vehicles in Boulder on a late Friday night.
Imagine walking down the street. It's a warm day, and you're careful to look before crossing the street. You have a WALK signal in front of you, and you have taken the time to use a crosswalk.
In 2016, over 7,000 people were arrested during the "Heat Is On" campaign in Colorado. This campaign had 12 periods during which it ran. This campaign increases overall DUI enforcement, resulting in more stops and arrests. Two-hundred and seventy-two people who were impaired were caught on New Year's last year, a slight reduction from the 396 in 2015. In total, 102 agencies participated in the campaign, with 30 arrests taking place in Aurora and another 17 taking place in Denver.
Many things cause us to drive carelessly. No question about it, many distractions in the car exist like eating fast food, passengers (human or otherwise), putting on makeup, cell phones, music and a host of other creative activities. A driver's mental state can also negatively impact driving behavior. A few examples include feeling overly tired, angry, emotional or just lacking a plan as to where you're going can cause us to drive carelessly. Unfortunately, any one of these careless or distracted behaviors may cause someone to swerve, over-correct or drive too slowly or too fast. While these careless acts rarely result in fatalities, driving while intoxicated often kills. Drunk driving is the most dangerous careless activity you can engage in as one person is killed every 50 minutes in a drunk driving accident. (NHTSA, 2017)
There are laws in place that require vehicles to have tires with good traction. Known as traction laws, the laws make sure that motorists have enough tread to stop on wet or slick roads.
When winter arrives, it makes the roads dangerous. Between freezing rains and blizzards with high winds, drivers have their work cut out for them. If they're not paying attention or slowing down for the conditions, they could end up putting their lives or the lives of others at risk.
Kids running around at night, with masks on their faces making it hard for them to see, is never a good idea -- but that's what happens on Halloween. Drivers generally know to watch out for kids on Halloween and they will be on high alert, but how do you make sure your kids stay extra safe?
You love the wind in your hair when you ride your motorcycle, but you know that the hazards of having that feeling of freedom could result in life-threatening crashes and injuries. There are many circumstances where having the knowledge to crash in a safer manner can help. For instance, if you lose control, knowing how to fall or slide could help save your life.