If you are like most Alabama residents, you continue to see people in their cars, trucks or other vehicles holding their smartphones up to their ears talking away while driving. As you know, this behavior is hugely dangerous and puts you and other innocent people at risk. Day in and day out, too many people in Alabama are involved in crashes caused by drivers who refuse to put away their phones while behind the wheel. Just how serious is distracted driving?
While most people in Alabama are able to celebrate the Christmas and New Year's holidays with friends and family, some are sadly left to grieve for those they have lost. This grief can be made even worse when the deaths occur in accidents that should have been able to be avoided through better decisions and behaviors on the part of others. Such is the case for the family of one man killed the day after Christmas in Lee County.
While many of the tests involving driverless cars may not be happening in Alabama, residents throughout the state nonetheless are watching with great interest. The ability to leverage self-driving technology to reduce the number of accidents could be a great benefit to people in Alabama. Yet, as this technology evolves with a reducing in accident risk being one goal, people in the state should know that other risks may be emerging.
The Snapchat speed filter has been blamed for causing serious and fatal car accidents. If you have teen or young adult drivers in your family, make sure you talk to them about the dangers of distracted driving, including using apps such as Snapchat.
Most people in Alabama are aware of the serious risk that drunk drivers pose to innocent people on the roads. After consuming alcohol, a person's ability to properly focus on driving, making prudent decisions and react in a timely manner are all compromised. In addition to drunk driving, drowsy driving is also a serious danger. According to the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, as many as one out of every five deaths in motor vehicle accidents can be attributed to a fatigued or drowsy driver.
According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, getting only five hours of sleep in 24 hours puts drivers at an increased risk for car accidents. People who sleep for only five hours are two times as likely to get in an accident as people who sleep at least seven hours.
Alabama residents face numerous dangers every time they take to the road. Whether as motorists, pedestrians or bicyclists, the negligent actions and poor decisions made by drivers of other vehicles can put innocent people at risk unnecessarily. In addition to drunk driving, speeding and other acts, distracted driving is becoming a primary concern around Alabama and the nation.
Every Alabama resident knows that a motor vehicle accident can happen at any time. However, most people don't really ever think it will happen to them - until it does. That is a common sentiment heard by law enforcement and other emergency responders when helping people after a crash. Sadly, this year in Alabama has seen more people lose their lives in traffic accidents which also means more people are mourning the loss of their loved ones.
As the holiday season kicks off, you and many Alabama residents look forward to a variety of celebrations with friends, families and coworkers. While these things can be wonderful indeed, there can be a dangerous side to them when partygoers get in their vehicles to drive home after drinking alcohol. The dangers associated with drinking and driving can turn holiday festivities into holiday tragedies.
Alabama residents who are concerned about people who drive drunk, cause accidents and then seem to be able to avoid any consequences have reason to be frustrated with this seemingly senseless cycle. With the holidays approaching, the worry about drunk drivers may even be greater as holiday celebrations commonly involve alcohol and motorists driving home after their parties.