Drivers who choose to operate their vehicles while sleep deprived or under the influence of alcohol create hazardous conditions on roads throughout Oklahoma and the nation. A recent study from “down under” reveals the combination of the two types of impairments can be even more dangerous and deadly.
Long ago, very few people owned cars. Oklahoma residents and others traveled by different means, including horseback, boat or on foot. You probably can barely imagine living that way nowadays, as the majority of people travel by car. If you live and drive in a high traffic area, you may be keenly aware of the problems distracted drivers cause. When you share the road with someone who is preoccupied in their thoughts or otherwise distracted behind the wheel, your life and all other drivers nearby are at risk.
The driverless “technology creep” continues to move along towards the inevitable use of fully autonomous motor vehicles. The transition to operating a car to having a car operate completely on its own is now measured in years.
While driving while under the influence or operating a vehicle while distracted will never gain acceptance, driving while drowsy, if not sleeping, could be the restful wave of the future.
The long summer vacation is over, and the new school year has arrived. Howeverr, it also brings the dangers of children traveling to and from schools. Schools in the central Oklahoma school district are all reopening at different dates throughout August, with the public schools in Oklahoma City being the first ones to start the new year. Children of all ages are at risk -- from the youngest pedestrians to those traveling by bicycle and the seniors who drive automobiles.
If asked to identify some of the most frustrating behaviors on the part of fellow motorists, chances are good, most people would list things like tailgating, cutting others off, weaving between lanes and, of course, blocking the left lane.
Hailing it as a "first of its kind look at promising practices in reducing preventable deaths" state by state, the National Safety Council released results that were actually not so promising. In fact, the NSC found that not one state has gone far enough to protect drivers nationwide from preventable deaths on the road.
In May, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a nonprofit research organization funded by auto insurers, released their list of the most dangerous cars on the road. Researchers measured over 200 models (2014 or equivalent) between 2012 and 2015. The only vehicles considered were those with at least 100,000 registrations between 2012 and 2015.
Laws in every state require carrying auto insurance of a minimum amount. Howeverr, a significant number of motorists nationwide are either uninsured or underinsured. In fact, Oklahoma reportedly has the highest number of uninsured drivers.
Most people in Oklahoma have a tendency to feel fatigued at some point during the day. While the feeling may come as nothing more than a minor inconvenience in most cases, it could cause serious problems if the drowsiness becomes overwhelming, especially when driving is involved.