Drivers in South Carolina and around the country often react angrily when municipalities announce plans to install red light cameras despite clear evidence showing that the devices save lives. Many motorists believe red light cameras are used to generate revenue and not prevent accidents, and fierce opposition to the devices has led to them being removed in many parts of the country. In 2012, 533 cities and towns in the United States used red light cameras. That number has since fallen to 421.
Systems that have been designed to make driving easier and safer may actually be putting drivers at risk. Touchscreens, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control can lull South Carolina drivers into letting their guard down, which can lead to serious accidents. The solution is not necessarily getting rid of these systems: It is teaching drivers how to use them properly.
South Carolina residents may know about how some car safety devices can prevent distracted driving and even keep drunk drivers from starting their car. The benefits of alcohol detection tech are becoming so clear that a bill has been proposed to mandate such tech on all new vehicles by 2024.
Drivers in South Carolina and across the U.S. aren't talking on their cellphones as much as they used to, according to a recent study. On the other hand, the research found that drivers are increasingly using their phones to text, send emails and browse the internet while behind the wheel.
Every day, people in South Carolina face serious risks on the road due to distracted driving. According to the National Safety Council, nine people are killed across the country and 100 more injured on a daily basis. Technology has contributed to the threat of distraction behind the wheel with smartphones, tablets and other devices keeping drivers' attention away from the road. In addition, some built-in technologies have contributed to distracted driving, including touchscreens that allow drivers to control GPS and entertainment systems inside the vehicle.
The vast majority of the drivers recently polled by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety said that running through a red light is extremely dangerous. However, almost one in three of them admitted to doing just that in the previous 30 days. This kind of cognitive dissonance is not uncommon in traffic safety studies. In fact, analysts suspect that it's one of the reasons why the number of fatal accidents involving red-light runners has recently surged in South Carolina and across the U.S.
Using a database of more than 1.6 million insurance quotes, Insurify has been able to identify 10 newer vehicles that are involved in the most at-fault crashes in South Carolina and across the U.S. The auto insurance comparison site found that accidents affect 13.64% of these 10 models altogether. At number one, with a percentage of 25.81%, was the Subaru Crosstrek.
South Carolina requires all passenger vehicle occupants to remain properly restrained at all times, but a recent study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests that seat belts may not provide adequate protection for rear-seat passengers. The road safety advocacy group says that auto makers should install the same kind of safety features in the rear of their vehicles as they do in the front, and the organization also wants federal crash tests to be revised so that more attention is paid to the injuries suffered by rear-seat passengers.
South Carolina residents who plan to celebrate the upcoming Independence Day holiday by visiting friends or family members should drive with extreme caution. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration makes data about deadly car accidents available to researchers through its Fatality Analysis Reporting System, and the figures reveal that more fatal drunk driving crashes take place on the Fourth of July than on any other federal holiday.
A recently released study from an auto insurance company reveals that motorists in South Carolina and around the country who routinely use their cellphones while driving are quick to criticize others for doing the same thing. The study, which was conducted by a research firm in Virginia on behalf of Root Insurance, discovered that American drivers use their smartphones while behind the wheel for approximately 13 minutes each day. However, 89% of the motorists polled claimed that they would give an Uber or Lyft driver a poor rating for behaving in the same way.