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Addressing impaired driving during December 2017

Impaired driving not only can affect the lives of drivers but also those of passengers and innocent bystanders. Throughout California and the rest of the country, traffic accidents due to alcohol are on the rise, leading to one casualty about every 50 minutes. In 2016, more than 10,000 people died in alcohol-related crashes, which accounted for 28 percent of that year's total number of traffic fatalities. While this number may pale in comparison to 40 years ago when alcohol played a part in two-thirds of traffic fatalities, the fact remains that impaired driving can and should be prevented.

How Pokémon Go raised auto accident numbers

Pokémon Go may have waned in popularity, but it still claims the attention of millions of players across California and the rest of the U.S. This means that the risk for personal injuries and even deaths among players is still high, as the game can prove addictive to the point that they forget their surroundings. A study by two professors at Purdue University has shown that distracted driving was one particular consequence of the game's release.

How people perceive texting and driving

According to a poll conducted for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, residents and drivers in California and across the rest of the country believe that texting while driving is a bigger problem than operating a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. Specifically, it found that even though many Americans considered driving while under the influence of marijuana can be dangerous, only 40 percent thought that it contributed to a person getting into an accident.

Study finds ADHD medication could lower crash risk

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is often characterized by short attention spans as well as impulsiveness, excessive talking, tapping and fidgeting. When people with ADHD get behind the wheel, they are more prone to talk on the phone, text, eat, play with the radio and engage in other activities while driving. Drivers in California should be aware that this condition factors into many car accidents.

Thanksgiving can be a deadly day on the road

Every year, families and friends in California and across the United States gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving, commemorating togetherness, gratitude and the start of the winter holiday season. At the same time, however, Thanksgiving is also accompanied annually by a spiking death rate across the country. It remains elevated throughout the winter before decreasing again in the spring.

Wildlife-related car accidents increase in the autumn

California readers will set their clocks back on Nov. 5, bringing daylight saving time to an end. While this annual fall tradition gives Americans an extra hour of sleep, it also takes away an hour of daylight. This means that the risk of wildlife-related crashes could increase for motorists.

Vehicle accidents and night shift workers

California residents who work during the night shift are more likely than other drivers to get into a motor vehicle accident. This is even if they commute home during daylight hours. According to researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital, interruptions in sleep-wake cycles and inadequate sleep at night are common in people who have to drive home after working during the night. This increases their chances in getting in accidents.

Smartphones and traffic fatalities

California residents who own smartphones should know that these devices are playing a major role in the rise in traffic fatalities. The number of deaths resulting from motor vehicle accidents has risen sharply by 14.4 percent over the last two years. This is coming after a period of decades during which the number of road deaths had been dropping.

Accident death rates continue to climb

California drivers might find it sobering to hear that the number of people killed in traffic accidents around the country increased for the second year in a row according to a report released on Oct. 6 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agencyrevealed that fatal motor vehicle crashes claimed 37,461 lives in 2016. The figure represents a 5.6 percent year-over-year increase and is the highest highway death toll in nine years.