Life-Saving Solutions to Potentially Fatal Traffic HazardsOctober 16, 2018
Despite the latest advances in safety technology in today’s vehicles, too many motorists continue to lose their lives in car accidents. Some, if not all, of these fatalities could have been prevented according to the Director of Transportation Safety for DKS, a transportation planning and engineering firm.
By applying certain traffic safety methods, future accidents can be avoided, and thousands of lives saved.
Traffic Safety Solutions
The Director and his associates developed the following list of safety solutions, in an effort to keep motorists safe and prevent fatal injuries:
Use the ignition interlock for alcohol and seat belts. The ignition interlock is a device that measures the driver’s Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) when he or she blows into the breathalyzer portion of the device. If the motorist’s BAC is anything above 0.0, the vehicle will not start.
This technology can be applied to seat belts as well. Since close to half of the people killed in car accidents were not wearing a seat belt, this technology could prevent a significant number of traffic fatalities.
Reduce speed. The Director noted that over 10,000 traffic fatalities are caused by motorists who are exceeding the speed limit. While most cars are capable of hitting speeds up to 100 mph, the highest posted speed limit in the United States is 80 mph.
Speed enforcement cameras, combined with a zero-tolerance policy for offenders, can be extremely effective at preventing motorists from driving at excessive speeds.
Consider alternate modes of transportation. More and more motorists are making an effort to walk or ride their bike, instead of relying on their cars as their only transportation option. Pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists must be aware of their surroundings at all times, and use caution when sharing the road.
Ultimately, the Director says, when there are fewer cars involved, accidents involving only pedestrians and cyclists result in considerably less injuries and fatalities.
Use of connected/automated vehicles. Today’s automated vehicles are safer than ever and can respond to potential accidents almost instantly. If the driver fails to do so because they are drowsy, distracted, impaired, or slow to react to a potentially dangerous traffic incident, the vehicles can autonomously act on their behalf.
By following the rules of the road at all times, and keeping the above solutions in mind, motorists can avoid serious, even fatal injuries that car accidents can cause.
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