For many people, New Year's Eve is a fun, exciting night. It is the culmination not only of the holiday season but of the year, and the start of a new year and a clean slate. Therefore, it is understandable that many celebrate New Year's Eve by partying with friends, raising a glass of champagne at midnight to toast the new year.
Earlier this year, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that state lawmakers enact bans of cell phone use in semi trucks, buses, and other commercial vehicles. Now, the NTSB has expanded its previous recommendation, asking for a universal ban of cell phone use of any kind in every vehicle on the road. This will hopefully reduce and ultimately eliminate car accidents caused by distracted driving, officials say.
Later this week, the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee is scheduled to hear a bill which, if passed, will significantly increase the potential fines to automakers who delay automobile recalls for any reason. The bill also aims to toughen safety requirements for car manufacturers and commercial bus companies in the wake of several fatal car and bus accidents that have taken place in recent months.
As winter approaches in Bergen County, it likely won't be long before the roads are covered with snow and ice. Traffic safety agencies do all they can to warn motorists of unsafe driving conditions on New Jersey roads, but there is only so much they can do to prevent winter weather-related car accidents, injuries, and fatalities.
Numerous recent studies have concluded that car accidents are one of the leading causes of death for teenagers. As a result, state and federal traffic safety agencies have been working to lower the risk of car accident injuries and fatalities to teenage drivers by increasing the driving experience and skill that is required to get a driver's license.
According to a recent report from the American Automobile Association, the average financial cost of motor vehicle accidents has significantly increased in recent years. Despite the increase, however, most families who have lost loved ones in car accidents would likely agree that the true cost of a fatal car accident is immeasurable.
New Jersey law dictates that children aged 7 years or younger and weighing less than 80 pounds must be in appropriate child restraints and in rear seat while riding in a motor vehicle. Although the law was created to keep small children safe from injuries in car accidents, its effectiveness is often undermined by the insufficiency of booster seats, according to a recent release from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).
If you have been to a government building today, you may be wondering why the flag in front of it is flying at half staff. Earlier this week, Gov. Chris Christie ordered that all state institutions to lower their flags to half staff in honor of a New Jersey police officer who was killed during a car accident involving a driver who was under the influence of a controlled substance.
In recent years, state and local governments have worked to decrease the occurrence of distracted driving with safety campaigns that were primarily aimed at teenage drivers. However, a recent study indicates that the parents of those teen drivers may need to pay closer attention to those campaigns.
According to a recent report from the New Jersey State Police, there were 556 deaths on New Jersey roads in 2010. While this is an inexcusably high number, there is one bright spot: the number of car accident fatalities in 2010 was the lowest since the 1940s.