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Preventing fatal motor vehicle accidents during the holidays

For many motorists in Tennessee, the holiday season is the perfect time to travel and go see friends and relatives. It is also the time of year when fatal motor vehicle accidents are at their highest. According to USA Today, the number of victims who died from car crashes around Thanksgiving was 436 in 2013. Almost 15 percent of the total fatalities that occurred during the month of November from 2006-2011 occurred around Thanksgiving.

Avoid speeding

Semi-truck drivers and the holidays

With the arrival of the holiday season in Tennessee comes an increase in road activity. More semi-truck drivers are on the roads than usual. Many of these vehicle operators are putting in longer hours so they can meet shipment deadlines and earn extra pay. However, there is a downside that many motorists are not aware of. The longer truck drivers spend on the roads, the greater their risk of car crashes and injuries. According to Safer America, there were 3,906 fatalities that occurred out of 338,000 truck crashes in 2013.

Many truck drivers are tired

When truckers eat while driving

When truckers in Tennessee drive while they are hungry, they are more likely to engage in distracted driving. This often creates many dangers for other motorists who are sharing the roads with them. Many of them work many hours and may not take many rest or food stops in an effort to meet their shipment deadlines. According to CDL Life, accidents are more likely to occur for truck drivers than it is for other motorists. Government officials and local law enforcement agencies have ramped up their efforts to catch truckers who engage in distracted driving behaviors to reduce the number of accidents, injuries and casualties that occur.

“Eating and drinking while behind the wheel are distracting activities that many drivers, including truckers engage in”, states Napa. By taking their meals on the road with them, they can travel faster. However, doing so also increases the risk of them not paying attention to the roads like they should.

Holiday driving dangers

The holiday season in Tennessee is a time that is often filled with joy and happiness for many. However, according to EHS, it is also a time where driving dangers are at their highest. More drivers are on the roads than usual. With higher traffic volumes comes a greater risk of accidents. Motorists who decide to travel during this time of year should make themselves familiar with these dangers so they can take measures to keep themselves safe.

Intoxicated driving

Study shows many designated drivers are not sober

In Tennessee, designated drivers have long been perceived as people who do not drink and drive. However, recent research shows that many designated drivers are not always sober when they are behind the wheel. According to a study from NPR Science Desk, as long as their BAC was below the legal limit of 0.08 percent, many people who act as designated drivers think it is okay for them to consume a few alcoholic beverages. 20 percent of the 41 percent of designated drivers in this study drank to the point of impairment.

Many drivers are not aware that they are affected by alcohol until they feel slightly off or buzzed, states CBS News online. However, when buzzed designated drivers are in a car full of intoxicated people, they are more likely to become distracted from all of the loud talking, roughhousing and drunken behaviors that are going on. This increases the risk of accident and injury to everyone significantly.

Motorcycle safety

Motorcycle crashes are on the rise in Tennessee. Bikers should practice caution and appropriate safety protocols when they are out riding. According to Consumer Reports, the number of bikers who died in 2015 from vehicle wrecks was 5,000. With the number of motorists on the roads this holiday season approaching an all-time high, priority should be given to motorcycle safety.

Pay attention to road conditions

Injury accident in Tennessee attributed to impaired driver

Motorists who decide to drive while they are intoxicated or under the influence of a substance in Tennessee are a danger to everyone who is on the road. Their actions are hard to ignore and in some cases to avoid. These people may not fully understand the consequences of their actions. Along with the chances of being involved in car wrecks increasing, their risk of injuries and death skyrockets tremendously. Drivers who operate their vehicles while they are drunk also face many consequences, including fines, criminal charges and more.

Recently, warrants were issued for reckless endangerment, vehicular assault and driving under the influence for a Rockwood man after he crashed his vehicle. He is now in custody at the McMinn County Justice Center after voluntarily turning himself in. According to a law enforcement official who was on the scene of the accident was led to suspect that the 30-year-old driver was impaired because of prescription bottles in the vehicle, as well as the man’s inability to speak clearly and redness in the eyes. His injuries were treated at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Teen drivers grow careless over time

Many teen motorists in Tennessee are not being as careful with their driving behaviors as they were when they first started driving. Many of them are growing careless over time. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, teen drivers are more at risk for car accidents because of certain risk factors, including a lack of experience, an inability to focus on the roads and the inability to make good driving judgments and maneuvers in hazardous driving situations.

Distracted-driving stemming from cellphone use is a major reason why students are becoming more careless with their driving behaviors, states Salon. For every 10 car wrecks that are medium to severe in nature, six teenage motorists were distracted. Many teenagers find it hard to ignore using their cellphones while they are behind the wheel.

Technology and DUI

Motorists who drive while they are under the influence in Tennessee are a major hazard for other drivers. New technology is being developed to prevent people from operating their cars and motorcycles while they are intoxicated. There are other ways motorists can deter themselves and others from operating their vehicles while they are inebriated. However, some people still insist on engaging in this dangerous behavior, regardless of how much it puts them and others at risk for accidents, injuries and even death.

According to USA Today, the number of DUI-related deaths that occur each year is 10,000. Using technology, researchers are working to equip vehicles with safety features that will accurately, precisely and quickly monitor the blood alcohol content of drivers from their skin surfaces and through their breath without them being aware.

When truckers are distracted

With the arrival of the holiday season comes the need for truck drivers in Tennessee to spend longer hours on the road than usual. In an effort to make their shipment quotas and deadlines, many large vehicle operators are using distractions to keep themselves awake when they are behind the wheel. Distracted driving is an easily correctable behavior, states American Trucking Associations. When truck drivers are distracted, their driving performance suffers and puts everyone in danger on the streets.

Common methods of distraction

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