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States can take action to reduce car accidents

The growing rate of roadway deaths due to motor vehicle accidents is a major issue both for everyday drivers and state officials in Virginia. In response to this public concern, the National Governors Association issued a report that seeks to provide guidance and best practices. The idea is to encourage governors to take statewide action that will help reduce the risk of injuries and deaths caused by car accidents.

Proposed change in truck driving hours of service rule

Truck drivers in Virginia and around the country may be able to take advantage of a change in an hours of service rule if a proposal by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association is implemented. Currently, truck drivers are on a 14-hour clock that requires them to take a half hour of rest during the first eight hours. The proposal will allow drivers to stop the clock for up to three hours for a rest break, but they would not be required to take the 30-minute break.

AAA researchers study frequency of drowsy driving

In Virginia and the rest of the U.S., drowsy driving is a common factor in accidents. Government statistics show that 1 to 2 percent of all accidents involve drowsy driving, but the number may actually be higher since there is no way for officers to measure drowsiness and no way for some drivers themselves to recognize that they're drowsy.

Allstate monitors phone usage by its insured drivers

Virginia motorists know they shouldn't text and drive or use hand-held cell phones when they are behind the wheel. Not paying attention to the road has been proven to cause car accidents. An increase in their auto insurance premiums could just be the incentive for them to avoid distracted driving.

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