Drivers may be surprised to learn that speeding is the number one cause of traffic deaths in Alabama. With all of the focus on drunk driving and distracted driving, the issue of speeding doesn't get as much attention as it should.
A number of states have legalized recreational marijuana throughout the country. Over the past three years, eight states along with Washington D.C. have enacted such laws. Like alcohol use, marijuana impairs the user.
Last week, Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation announced that they are recalling millions of vehicles. The problem is with the engines, which were manufactured at an auto parts plant in Alabama.
Despite the increased warnings about drinking and driving that we see around St. Patrick's Day, far too many people will drive drunk that weekend. In fact, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that there were 252 fatal drunk driving accidents over the St. Patrick's Day holiday from 2011 to 2015.
Spotting a bad driver on the road is almost a daily occurrence. As you approach their vehicle, you might realize that they were texting or talking on their cellphone. This behavior is dangerous, and as users of the road, we don't want to fall victim to an accident caused by a distracted driver - but do we always practice what we preach?
Would you want to ride a golf cart down a city street? If Birmingham passes an ordinance allowing such vehicles to operate as taxis in the city, you might get your chance. Other cities, including Tuscaloosa, already allow low-speed transportation services such as these.
Alabama residents have no doubt been hearing more and more about the dangers of distracted driving in recent years. This is with good reason. Distraction.gov statistics indicate that over 430,000 people were hurt in motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted drivers in 2014. That same year, close to 3,200 people are said to have lost their lives to distracted drivers.
Do you ever wonder how safe you and your loved ones are on the road? If so, you're not alone. Many an Alabama resident is curious about his or her safety as well as the safety of friends and family members. Sadly, some recently released data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that Alabamans' safety is in jeopardy and so too is the safety of all Americans.
Automaker Tesla was recently cleared of charges that its Autopilot self-driving system is defective. A car accident that killed a man in May 2016 while he was using Autopilot sparked an investigation into the system.
Holiday celebrations can be a warm and wonderful way of sharing time with loved ones in Alabama. However, when those celebrations see people consume alcohol and then get in their vehicles to drive home, wonderful times can turn into tragic times for some. That is exactly what has happened for the family of a 70-year-old man in Mobile.