Study: Progress Made in Getting Drunk, Drugged Drivers Off the Road

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30 million Americans admit to driving drunk in the past year.

More than 30 million Americans admit to drunken driving in the previous 12 months and more than 10 million say they drove while on illicit drugs, according to a survey of driving habits between 2006 and 2009.

 

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Honda Rolls Out Low-Tech Way to Reduce Auto Accidents

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Honda’s research-and-development team in Japan has been researching the effectiveness of the black, triangle-shaped markers.

Japan’s Honda Motor Co. is using chips to help drivers stay centered while traveling down narrow roads.  No, not computer chips – small black ceramic chips affixed to either side of the vehicle’s windshield.

 

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Technology That Claims Will Help You Drive Safely While Texting

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Highway Loss Data Institute found no decrease in crashes in in states with driving-while-texting bans.

Can adding new layers of technology really fix a problem created by technology?

Software developers and hardware makers are rushing to help people stay connected via their phones while driving, even as states ban driving and texting or talking on the phone without a hands-free device.

 

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Drivers Distracted by Their Dogs When Driving According to AAA

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Dogs are a distraction to drivers.

Drivers face additional risk when man’s best friend is along for the ride, according to a national survey by AAA and Kurgo Pet Travel Products.  More than 43 percent of Colorado households include a dog, according to a Wednesday release from AAA Colorado.

 

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Economy Still Keeping Americans Off the Roads

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Despite dropping gas prices Americans still not driving.

Although gasoline prices are dropping ahead of the Memorial Day weekend and the start of the summer driving season, there’s no sign motorists are rushing back to the pump.  Data released Monday by the Federal Highway Administration show the number of miles driven on U.S. roads increased in March compared with February, but was still below March 2009, when the recession was still at its worst.

 

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Study: Driver Cellphone Bans Do Not Reduce Crashes

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Impact of cell phone ban doubted

A national crackdown on distracted driving takes an unexpected turn today. A new study shows that the number of traffic crashes did not drop in three states and the District of Columbia after they banned drivers from using handheld cellphones.The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), an affiliate of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), examined insurance claims for crash damage in New York, Connecticut, California and Washington, D.C., before and after handheld bans took effect and found no reduction in crashes.

 

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Study Shows Underage Drinking Laws Do Save Lives

Study Shows Underage Drinking Laws Do Save Lives 

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State laws that prohibit people under the age of 21 from buying or possessing alcohol, and from driving with any amount of alcohol in their system, save 732 lives each year in the United States, according to a study examining 23 years of research on the subject.

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