New York motorists may be interested to learn that according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, 44 percent of drivers who were killed in car accidents in 2016 tested positive for drugs. Of those, 38 percent tested positive for marijuana, 16 percent tested positive for opioids and 4 percent tested positive for both.
New York drivers might already be making plans to travel over the Fourth of July holiday. However, they should keep in mind that this holiday is the deadliest of the year. During the weekend leading up to July Fourth, more people are on the road and there is lots of drinking and partying. All of these factors combine to increase the number of serious and deadly accidents.
Technology is one reason why people drive while distracted. It could also be the reason why drivers in New York and throughout the country start focusing more on the road. A tool called Drive ID allows passengers to use their phones while a vehicle is moving. However, the driver is unable to send or receive text messages or phone calls. If the driver were to become a passenger, that person's phone would regain its full functionality.
Drivers in New York who keep up with the advances made in semi-autonomous vehicle technology may remember an accident that occurred in Utah back in May. The driver of a Tesla Model S turned on Autopilot, a driver-assist program, and took her hands off the wheel for 80 seconds to use her phone. She then collided with a parked fire truck.
While many construction workers are trained well, others are not. This can be especially true for nonunion workers because some might be hired without undergoing apprenticeships where they learn valuable safety skills.