From trick-or-treating to parties, Halloween night can be an evening of fun for people of all ages in Virginia. However, Halloween night can also be a dangerous time on the roads, especially when drunk driving is involved. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween night is the worst night each year for drunk driving accidents. From 2012 to 2016, 44 percent of all traffic fatalities that night were linked to drunk drivers.
Driving on Virginia roads can always present a danger, especially when inexperienced drivers are involved. For National Teen Driver Safety Week, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released new statistics about severe accidents and fatalities that involve teen drivers. According to the study, the fatality rate for people involved in a crash increased by 51 percent when teen drivers were carrying only other teens as passengers.
The probe into the limousine crash that took the lives of 20 people on Saturday, October 6 continues to reveal concerning new information about the limo company prior to the accident. The investigation thus far paints a picture of a company owner whose negligence may have caused 20 people in New York to lose their lives.
Autumn is one of the most gorgeous times of the year for most Virginians. The weather is not too hot like summer, not too cold like winter and the way leaves change colors can be breathtaking.
Virginia drivers may be somewhat safer on the roads than they were in 2015 and 2016, but this may not necessarily hold true if they are in or sharing the road with semi trucks. On Oct. 3, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released figures from its Fatality Analysis Reporting System. After an increase in fatalities in 2015 and 2016, there was a decline in 2017, and this trend appears to be holding based on preliminary figures from the first half of 2018. However, fatalities involving larger vehicles are on the rise.
Driver assistance systems can cut down on car crashes by 40 percent and crash fatalities by 30 percent, according to federal estimates. Yet they can backfire when drivers become too complacent with them. Virginia residents should know that the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a report about this trend that affects many drivers.