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AAA reports Safety Groups create automated enforcement checklist to encourage well-designed programs

 

AAAWashington, D.C. – Red light and speed cameras are powerful enforcement tools that have been shown to reduce crashes, but programs must be carefully implemented to maintain community support.

A new checklist released by AAA, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and the National Safety Council (NSC) can serve as a roadmap for communities that are establishing or expanding automated enforcement programs.

Red light running, meanwhile, kills hundreds of people and injures tens of thousands every year. In 2019, 846 people were killed and an estimated 143,000 were injured in red light running crashes. (AAA)

Red light running, meanwhile, kills hundreds of people and injures tens of thousands every year. In 2019, 846 people were killed and an estimated 143,000 were injured in red light running crashes. (AAA)

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AAA Says Drivers Who Use Alcohol, Marijuana have Risky Driving Behaviors

 

AAAWashington, D.C. – People who use both alcohol and marijuana are some of the most dangerous drivers on the road – they are significantly more likely to speed, text, intentionally run red lights, and drive aggressively than those who don’t, according to data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

They also are far more likely to report driving under the influence of alcohol than those who consume only alcohol and not marijuana.

AAA Says Drivers Who Use Alcohol and Marijuana have Risky Driving Behaviors. (AAA)

AAA Says Drivers Who Use Alcohol and Marijuana have Risky Driving Behaviors. (AAA)

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AAA reports Wrong Way Driving steadily getting worse

 

AAAWashington, D.C. – Fatal wrong-way driving crashes on our nation’s highways are a persistent and devastating threat that is only getting worse.  

According to the latest data analysis from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, there were 2,008 deaths from wrong-way driving crashes on divided highways between 2015 and 2018, an average of approximately 500 deaths a year. 

AAA and NTSB Warn of Climbing Rate of Fatal Wrong-Way Crashes. (AAA)

AAA and NTSB Warn of Climbing Rate of Fatal Wrong-Way Crashes. (AAA)

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AAA asks, Is Raising the Speed Limit Worth the Risk?

 

AAAWashington, D.C. – AAA says drivers want to save time, and local transportation agencies want to improve traffic flow, but at what cost? With posted speed limits increasing on roadways around the country, a vehicle’s ability to protect drivers in crashes is in doubt.

Small speed increases can have huge effects on crash outcomes, as shown in new crash tests by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and Humanetics.

New AAA and IIHS crash tests reveal that modest speed increases can have deadly consequences. (AAA)

New AAA and IIHS crash tests reveal that modest speed increases can have deadly consequences. (AAA)

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AAA Cautions Consumers about Active Driving Assistance Systems

 

AAAWashington, D.C. – Motorists using active driving assistance systems, which combine vehicle acceleration with braking and steering, tend to overlook safety limitations when the branding and marketing used to sell it suggest an “automated” driving experience, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Researchers found consumer information that stresses convenience and capabilities while minimizing limitations can inflate expectations regarding what the system can do and the situations that it can handle.

New Research Shows Automaker Marketing May Lead to Overconfidence, Misunderstanding of Active Driving Assistance Systems. (AAA)

New Research Shows Automaker Marketing May Lead to Overconfidence, Misunderstanding of Active Driving Assistance Systems. (AAA)

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AAA says Visual, Mental Distractions Behind the Wheel Are Real, Potentially Dangerous

 

AAATampa, FL – Visual and mental attention is key to safe driving, yet many in-vehicle technologies can cause drivers to lose sight and focus of the road ahead.

Hands-free, voice-command features and other interactive technologies increasingly common in new vehicles may create visual and mental distractions that unintentionally provide motorists with a false sense of security about their safety behind the wheel. Just because a technology is available in your vehicle, does not mean it is safe to use while driving.

Distracted Driving. (AAA)

Distracted Driving. (AAA)

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AAA says Drivers Know It’s Wrong, But Many Do It Anyway

 

AAA Foundation for Traffic SafetyWashington, D.C. – The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s latest research finds drivers who have been in at least one crash in the past two years are significantly more likely to engage in risky behaviors like speeding or texting, even when they think the police may catch them.

After three months of staying at home, AAA urges drivers to keep everyone safe on the roads and warns motorists against falling back into dangerous driving habits.

New research shows crash-involved drivers admit to risky driving behaviors. (AAA)

New research shows crash-involved drivers admit to risky driving behaviors. (AAA)

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COVID-19 Restrictions Ease As “100 Deadliest Days” Begin for Nation’s Teens

 

AAAWashington, D.C. – Nationwide, more than 8,300 people died in crashes involving teen drivers from 2008 to 2018 during the “100 Deadliest Days,” the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. 

That’s more than seven people a day each summer. The combination of schools closed, activities curtailed, summer jobs canceled, and COVID-19 Coronavirus restrictions being lifted, could prove deadly as teens take to the road this summer. 

New AAA data examines ten years of fatal teen crash rates during the summer.

New AAA data examines ten years of fatal teen crash rates during the summer.

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AAA reports Fatal Crashes Involving Drivers Who Test Positive for Marijuana Increase After State Legalizes Drug

 

AAANashville, TN – AAA says a concerning number of Washington state drivers involved in fatal crashes are testing positive for recent use of marijuana, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The share of drivers who, after a fatal crash, tested positive for active THC – the drug’s main psychoactive ingredient – has doubled since the state legalized marijuana in December 2012.

Percent of THC-positive drivers has doubled since recreational use was legalized in Washington state. (AAA)

Percent of THC-positive drivers has doubled since recreational use was legalized in Washington state. (AAA)

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AAA reports Long-Term Use of Advanced Driver Assistance Technologies Can Result in Disengaged Drivers

 

AAAWashington, D.C. – AAA says drivers with experience using advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) like adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist, were nearly twice as likely to engage in distracted driving while using the systems compared to when they were driving without the systems, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

As drivers develop more experience and comfort using advanced driver assistance systems, they are also more likely to drive distracted while using the systems (AAA)

As drivers develop more experience and comfort using advanced driver assistance systems, they are also more likely to drive distracted while using the systems (AAA)

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