Medical marijuana may eventually be legal in all 50 states, including Kentucky, but legislative efforts to legalize marijuana in Kentucky so far have not been successful. States where marijuana is legal for recreational purposes have seen a rise in the number of car accidents according to statistics from the National Safety Transportation Safety Board.
Using funds available through the federal Highway Safety Improvement Act, Kentucky has designated a notorious section of state highway for repairs to improve the safety hazard it poses for drivers. The project will cost in excess of $1.5 million, and the road will be closed to motorists for at least four weeks. This is one of three local projects identified as in need of immediate attention, a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesperson said.
There were fewer fatal car crashes in Kentucky and across the U.S. in 2017, according to a new report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The report found that crashes involving most vehicle types decreased last year compared to 2016.
Motorists in Kentucky and throughout the country tend to rate themselves as good drivers regardless of what their history actually is. A study done 50 years ago asked a group of drivers who were responsible for significant car accidents that sent them to the hospital. Most rated themselves as excellent as opposed to very poor. The same was true of another group of people who were deemed to be good drivers.
Kentucky readers may assume that younger drivers are the most likely demographic to engage in distracted driving. However, a new study by Volvo shows that drivers of all ages have a hard time focusing on the road. The study also found that cell phones are the top cause of driver distraction.
Kentucky intersections with roundabouts may experience fewer serious accidents than those with traffic lights. While traffic lights are better at reducing the number of accidents overall, the crashes that do occur at traffic lights are more likely to lead to serious injuries. Accidents at roundabouts are more likely to result in only minor injuries and fewer fatalities.
Drivers in Kentucky and other states across the United States should consider a few safety rules that can prevent distraction and keep all drivers safe while on the road. With technology in the car and trying to multi-task while driving, it can sometimes be difficult to keep both hands on the wheel and keep both eyes on the road ahead.
A report released in 2018 indicates that teenagers have a higher risk of causing a motor vehicle accident during the first few months they hold a full driver's license. Kentucky motorists might use more caution with teenagers on the road, as teens are eight times as likely to have a collision with another car or a near miss while driving during their first three months than they are during the final three months of driving on a permit with a licensed driver present.
Drivers may be putting themselves and others in danger while on Kentucky and other state roads. For example, driving faster than the posted speed limit can increase the risk of an accident as well as the risk of a citation. Drivers should also refrain from operating a car or truck while drowsy. Those who are tired can take a nap, drink caffeine or change a radio station to stay alert.
Kentucky motorists are six times more likely to be in an accident when they are texting and driving. Furthermore, they are more than twice as likely to get into a crash while talking on a phone. This is according to a recent study published by the Society for Risk Analysis. Researchers discovered that there are four different types of people who are more likely to use their phones while operating a vehicle.