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Researchers praise young driver risk reduction programs

Motor vehicle accidents are among the leading causes of death for teenagers throughout Kentucky and the rest of the United States. Unfortunately, public information campaigns aimed at reducing the number of young drivers killed on the roads each year have proved largely ineffective. However, risk reduction programs for teen drivers that include visits to hospital emergency rooms and morgues could succeed where advertising has mostly failed, according to researchers from Baylor University.

Road deaths surge on the Fourth of July

Kentucky residents who plan to visit friends or relatives during the upcoming Fourth of July holiday may be wise to fasten their safety belts and take extra precautions. According to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, July Fourth is the deadliest day to drive in the United States. Figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveal that drunk driving accidents over the Independence Day holiday period accounted for 40 percent of all highway fatalities between 2007 and 2011.

Drowsy driving can be dangerous

While many people in Kentucky are aware of the dangers of drunk driving, being sleepy while behind the wheel can also be surprisingly dangerous. Drunk driving has become socially unacceptable over the years, but 60 percent of American adults say that they have driven their cars while drowsy. Even worse, a full 33 percent of Americans say that they have fallen asleep while driving their vehicles.

Defining distracted driving and how to prevent it

Although many Kentucky drivers are aware that distracted driving is hazardous and can result in car accidents. However, some drivers may not be aware that distracted driving was a factor in 3,477 car accident fatalities in 2015 alone. By understanding exactly what distracted driving is and how to eliminate it.

The common factors behind highway deaths

Highways are all too often the scenes of car accidents, and they can be fatal. Drivers in Kentucky will want to know what factors are usually behind these accidents in order to avoid them. For example, civil engineers sometimes have to design highways with tight corners and narrow shoulders. Drivers may also face blind intersections that require drivers to exercise caution.

Driving safely after Daylight Saving Time

Drivers in Kentucky should be very careful on the road after setting their clocks one hour ahead for Daylight Saving Time. Due to the loss of sleep that occurs as a result of skipping ahead one hour, drivers have an increased risk of being involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident. According to a traffic study conducted by AAA, drowsy driving contributes to almost 10 percent of all motor vehicle crashes.

Self-monitoring programs found to be inefficient

Kentucky workers wishing for safer workplaces may be interested in learning about the testimony a former OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) head recently gave before the House Subcommittee on Workforce Protections, which concerned the manner in which the nation's premier workplace safety watchdog ensures regulatory compliance. David Michaels was the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health from 2009 until 2017.

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