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Self-driving technology can make roads safer today

For people in Connecticut and across the United States, autonomous vehicles can seem like an exciting technology for all the possibilities they offer. Not only could they potentially cut down on the daily annoyances of commutes and traffic jams, but self-driving cars could be a major boon for roadway safety. A great deal of writing and reporting on automobiles today is focusing on the potentials of the future development of fully autonomous vehicles.

The NHTSA to discuss drugged driving

Connecticut motorists may be pleased to learn about the steps that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is taking to stop people who get behind the wheel while under the influence of drugs. In part because of the legalization of marijuana and the rampant opioid use in the United States, there is a urgency to address the increase in drugged driving accidents.

Roundabouts can significantly reduce accident fatalities

Replacing busy intersections with roundabouts could potentially save lives in Connecticut and around the country according to the findings contained in a report. The Minnesota Department of Transportation studied traffic accidents that took place at 144 intersections both before and after traffic lights were replaced by roundabouts, and they found that fatalities plunged by 86 percent when drivers were forced to slow down and all travel in the same direction.

Coexisting with wildlife as days get shorter

Connecticut drivers may have to adjust their driving habits as the days get shorter. Nov. 5 marked the end of Daylight Saving Time, and it comes at a time of year in which animals are mating or looking for food before winter. Deer, bears and other forms of wildlife could be roaming the streets during morning and evening commutes. As a general rule, drivers should reduce their speed during periods when it is harder to see.

Night shifts pose car injury risks

Not everyone who lives in Connecticut works a standard 9:00 to 5:00 job. In fact, many workers find that their schedules frequently change, with many working night shifts. While it is true that there is a need for nighttime workers in certain workplaces and industries, nighttime work has been increasingly associated with health and safety risks.

Accidents drop with collision avoidance systems

Connecticut drivers who have blind spot alert or lane departure warnings on their vehicles may be less likely to be involved in an accident than those who do not. Research examining more than 5,000 2015 car accidents conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that these collision safety systems resulted in 11 percent fewer accidents that were side swipes, single-vehicle crashes or head-on collisions and 21 percent fewer injury accidents of the same kind.

Driver fatalities rise along with the economy

Economic recovery in Connecticut and across the country could potentially have the side effect of a higher risk of death in a car accident. A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says that as the economy improves, more drivers are taking the road, more frequently and more dangerously.

Increasing speed limits leading to more deaths

While many Connecticut drivers like to get to their destinations quickly, a study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety showed that the speed limit increases that have occurred throughout the country since 1987 have resulted in an estimated 33,000 additional deaths. According to the vice president for research and statistical services for the IIHS, the car accident fatality rates would have been lower if speed limits had not been raised.

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