The Macon Pedestrian Safety Review Board recently took a trip around Macon to survey some of the city's most dangerous roads for pedestrians. Among those: Pio Nono Ave., Rice Mill Road and Anthony Road.
We know that distracted driving is a huge problem, but besides making a personal commitment to never use a phone while driving, is there anything we can do about it? This question has led to some interesting technological developments that could help solve this societal ailment. As a matter of fact, some of these technologies utilize one of the most common causes of distracted driving accidents - smartphones.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. So, this month, make it a point to continue to use smart driving habits every time you get behind the wheel.
Last December, a devastating car accident left three injured and a young man dead in Monroe County. There was very little physical evidence to indicate what caused the accident. But recently, analysis of vehicle data painted a clear picture.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that car crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. In 10 percent of these fatalities, the cause is distracted driving. Many teen drivers have grown up with smartphones, and these devices are particularly dangerous on roadways because they fit all three categories of distraction: visual, manual and cognitive. Knowing this as a parent, you should do everything in your power to educate your teens.
Studies have shown that cell phone use, specifically texting while driving, makes you 23 times more likely to be in a car accident. But texting while driving is not the only culprit when it comes to distracted driving accidents. A study in 2013 found that even the touch screens built into your car carry an elevated risk of accidents, with an estimated 50 percent higher likelihood of causing a fatal pedestrian accident.
If Georgia lawmakers have their way, Georgia may become the next state to ban driving while talking on a cell phone. State Rep. Betty Price of Roswell is leading the push to make driving without a hands-free device a ticketable offense with a fine of $150. The goal is to decrease the alarming rate at which fatal car accidents have risen since cell phones became so widespread.
According to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, over half of all surveyed drivers admitted to having texted behind the wheel, run a red light or driven faster than the speed limit in the last 30 days. Younger drivers tended to be the worst offenders, with 88 percent of drivers aged 19 to 24 admitting to these behaviors. This does not mean that mature drivers were immune; even drivers as old as 75 admitted to some of these behaviors.
If you can get your Snapchat speed filter up to 100 mph, you can get an in-app trophy. This reward of sorts may not seem like much, but people are putting their lives on the line to get it. Reports of people crashing while trying to get that infamous trophy have come in from all over the world, and some have even died trying to do it. One case here in Georgia was poised to make Snapchat answer for creating an app with such destructive power, but a new development may have scuttled that effort.