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Safety council predicts dangerous roads over Labor Day holiday

Are American drivers taking new vehicular safety features for granted? Innovations like blind spot alerts, automatic braking, airbags, hands-free technology and backup cameras are intended to improve safe driving behaviors. Yet according to a recent warning from the National Safety Council, the approaching Labor Day holiday could be the deadliest since 2008. The council predicts that over 400 traffic fatalities will occur over the upcoming three-day weekend.

The surprising danger of Labor Day weekend

When we think about holidays that involve a lot of alcohol, New Year's Eve and St. Patrick's Day are probably the two that come to mind. Statistics show, however, that Labor Day is among the top three most dangerous holidays in terms of drunk driving accidents.

Report reveals the extent of America's drowsy driving epidemic

As much as many of us would like to get to bed earlier or sleep in just a bit longer, our fast-paced lives often prevent this from occurring. Indeed, when we aren't busy working, running errands or managing some other personal crisis, chances are good we'll use the extra time to do anything but take catch up on some much-needed rest.

Is cell phone addiction a menace to road safety?

A driver who makes the unsafe choice of getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol beyond the legal limit may face a number of consequences. Hopefully that negligent choice will not result in injury to others or a crash. Yet an individual who repeatedly makes this unlawful decision may need to seek rehabilitation and treatment for alcohol addiction.

Does a healthy economy encourage negligent driving and crashes?

Data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for 2015 indicates that fatal crashes rose by 7.7 percent. The increase was even worse for fatal motorcycle accidents, bicycle fatalities and pedestrian deaths. In fact, the combined fatalities made 2015 the deadliest year since 2008.

A new distraction for drivers: Pokémon Go

Nintendo's new game, Pokémon Go, has only been available for about a week, but it has already caused numerous problems for players. Reports of people injuring themselves and being robbed came out within a few days of the game's release. Now there's a new danger: distracted drivers.

Car conversations: better to be impolite than negligent

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration examining the causes of distracted driving accidents reveals a surprising result: The leading cause of distracted auto crashes is not driver cell phone use, but conversations with one or more passengers. Specifically, conversations were to blame in around 57 percent of the distracted driving crashes in the study, compared to only 12 percent of cell phone related crashes. The results were based on NHTSA analysts’ review of crash survey data over a two-year period.

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