April 1 marked the beginning of Distracted Driving Awareness Month. As the name implies, this month is dedicated to bringing to the attention of motorists in Louisiana and across the country the serious problems associated with the ongoing distracted driving epidemic.
According to a preliminary analysis of 2018 figures, the number of fatalities due to pedestrian accidents will come to 6,227, a 4 percent increase over 2017's numbers. This will be the first time that there have been more than 6,000 pedestrian deaths on this country's roads since 1990.
According to one group devoted to highway safety, Louisiana is, or at least should be, a pretty safe place for motorists to drive. This is because this state has enacted a number of laws that, in the opinion of this group, make for safer roads and highways.
Granted that Louisiana does not receive as much snow and ice as do our sister states to the north. Still, even this far south, the winter months always carry with it the possibility of icy bridges and roads, particularly early in the morning.
Most people in Houma, Louisiana, know from public service announcements and other sources that the legal limit in this state is 0.08 percent blood alcohol level.
A previous post on this blog from about a month ago talked about how America's currently strong economy is inspiring many more Americans to hit the road over the major winter holidays this year. This previous post predicted a very busy Thanksgiving travel season, particularly with respect to motor vehicle traffic.
Every Thanksgiving, residents of Houma will often take a road trip. Sometimes, it can be just a matter of traveling 50 or so miles to see relatives or even to do some shopping up in New Orleans, while at other times, residents instead opt for a longer vacation.
Distracted driving is a serious issue in Louisiana and nationwide. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), the chance of a motor vehicle accident doubles if a motorist takes stops paying attention to the road for more than two seconds. The agency reports that in 2016, distracted driving played a role in over 9 percent of traffic fatalities in the nation.
Deaths on U.S. roads are increasing. While a traffic fatality can occur in any state in the nation, according to a report based on information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some states are more dangerous to drive in than others. The report was ranked the safety of each state in the nation based on the state's rate of traffic deaths per 100 million miles traveled and the amount of traffic deaths due to a breach of traffic laws, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving above the posted speed limit and careless driving. And, according to this data, Louisiana has the dubious honor of being the third most dangerous state for motorists to drive in.
Earning their driver's license is a rite of passage for many teenagers in Louisiana. Teenagers may be eager to hit the open road with their newfound independence. However, inexperience, combined with other factors, can result in car accidents involving teenagers.