October 2019 Archives

New Jersey's car seat laws strive to save lives

The idea of losing a child is raw and unbearable. Across the nation, more and more grieving parents are sharing their stories about the catastrophic consequences of the improper use of child safety seats. Unbeknownst to many of these parents, while they thought they were safeguarding their children by using car safety seats, they were misusing them.

Operation Safe Driver Week targeted speeding drivers

Over the summer, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance teamed with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to conduct its annual Operation Safe Driver Week. During the weeklong event, which took place from July 14-20, law enforcement officers from New Jersey and other states issued citations to both passenger and commercial drivers for a variety of traffic violations.

Study finds teen drunk driving rampant in some states

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, some 2.5% of teens aged 12 to 17, 623,000 in all, suffer from an alcohol-related disorder. Teens who drink are not only breaking the law and damaging their health; they are also putting others at risk. The CDC has found that 5.5% of teens in New Jersey and the rest of the U.S. drive after drinking alcohol. Drunk driving is to blame for thousands of injuries and deaths.

Pedestrian fatalities in New Jersey

As more and more cities around the nation embark on efforts like Vision Zero which focus on eliminating pedestrian deaths, people in New Jersey may want to get a full understanding of how big of a risk they face when on foot. Anyone can find themselves in the position of being a pedestrian as even the simple act of walking from a parked car through a lot to get into a grocery store qualifies a person as a pedestrian.

Ignition interlock devices may save lives

Drunk drivers take the lives of more than 10,800 people and injure approximately 290,000 people every year in the United States, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. While families are out navigating the New Jersey roadways, they are driving alongside thousands of drunk drivers who have three or more prior drunk driving convictions. So, what is being done to limit the number of drunk drivers that are able to climb behind the wheel and commit another offense? 

The use of stimulants and truck crashes

From poor road conditions due to bad weather to driver fatigue, there are a lot of reasons why large truck wrecks continue to occur. With the massive size of these vehicles, these accidents are especially likely to result in the loss of life or serious injuries that derail someone's life. Unfortunately, some truck drivers use stimulants (both legal and illegal) in an attempt to stay alert while they are behind the wheel. This can be very dangerous, however. Not only does stimulant usage sometimes lead to intoxication, but it can also create a false sense of alertness even though a trucker is very fatigued.

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