January 2020 Archives

FMCSA to carry out new big rig crash causation study

The trucking industry in New Jersey has changed over the years, and driver behaviors with it, which is why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will be conducting a new study on large truck crash causation. It was in 2006 that the FMCSA released the results of its last study. The proposal to carry out a new study was made in January 2020, and the FMCSA is gathering information on how to proceed.

Motorists often oppose red light cameras despite safety benefits

Red light cameras are a contentious subject in New Jersey and around the country. Road safety advocates point to data that shows installing cameras on traffic signals prevents accidents and saves lives, but many motorists believe the devices are primarily used to generate revenue for cash-strapped municipalities. Red light cameras were in use in 533 American cities and towns in 2012, but that figure has since dropped to just 421. Deaths caused by red-light runners rose by 17% in the years following the removal of the cameras.

How can daydreaming do damage while driving?

It can be all too easy to drift off into a daydream during a long car ride. After a while, the road can become monotonous. You might find yourself thinking about how good it will feel to reach your destination, stretch your legs and embark on fun adventures. Even on your commute home from work, it can be easy to imagine the comfort of your home that's waiting for you.

Distractions persist among truckers as hands-free phone use rises

Although hands-free cell phones increase safety for commercial truck drivers in New Jersey, they do not guarantee that drivers remain focused on the road. Lytx, a company that tracks commercial driver behavior with video telematics, has collected evidence that some drivers using hands-free cell phones sometimes engage in other distracting activities.

AAA Foundation study: car safety tech causes distraction

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has analyzed the safety features on a number of newer vehicles, including the Tesla Model S, Acura MDX, Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata, and it has come to an important conclusion. Drivers in New Jersey should know that two features in particular are liable to make them complacent behind the wheel: adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assist.

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