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New traffic safety research targets wrong-way driving crashes

A Florida State University psychology professor has been researching how to prevent wrong-way driver crashes for the Florida Department of Transportation. His research indicates that advanced-technology pavement markers and "smarter" signs could help prevent wrong-way driving, especially among drivers who have been drinking.

Do seasonal time changes make roads more dangerous?

Shifting into or away from Daylight Savings Time is an adjustment, regardless of whether the hour is falling back or springing forward. It's natural to be a little tired with any change. Unfortunately, too many drivers get behind the wheel when fatigued and the results are often fatal.

Could a tour of the ER, ICU and morgue improve teens' driving?

Motor vehicle wrecks are the No. 1 cause of accidental deaths among American teens, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in every three accidental teen deaths in the U.S. involves a traffic crash. What kinds of interventions are effective at reducing the risky behaviors often seen in teen drivers such as texting, using cellphones, speeding, and riding with an intoxicated driver?

Survey documents driving dangers in Tennessee

A recent survey by the personal finance site SmartAsset comparing drivers by state has ranked Tennessee drivers as the second worst in the country. The ranking was based on four factors: the percentage of drivers with insurance, the number of DUIs per thousand drivers, the average number of fatalities per 100 million miles driven, and the frequency with which state residents Google search terms like "traffic ticket" or "speeding ticket."

What parents should know about the new car seat recommendations

Every three years, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reviews recent crash data and their recommendations for car seats. According to the academy, proper use and installation of car and booster seats can reduce the chances of injury or death by 70 percent or more.

Automated driving technology's next target: motorcycles

Everyone has heard the news regarding the automation of passenger vehicles, delivery vehicles and even large trucks to make them less prone to driver error. These so-called "driverless" vehicles (somewhat of a misnomer, since a driver can still operate the vehicle when it isn't in automated mode) are being piloted in cities across the country by such big names as Uber, Tesla and Google/Alphabet.

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