Driving Hazards

The importance of road safety at home and abroad is underscored by two new reports. In its first global status report on road safety, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that only 15 percent of countries have the comprehensive laws needed to address five key risk factors: speeding, drink-driving, seatbelt use, child restraints and the use of helmets. Where laws on these risk factors are in place, they are often inadequately enforced, particularly in low-income countries. WHO noted that enacting and enforcing legislation is critical in influencing exposure to the risk of a crash, crash occurrence and injury severity. Road traffic fatalities are predicted to rise to the fifth leading cause of death by 2030, resulting in an estimated 2.4 million fatalities per year, according to WHO. Check out I.I.I. info on U.S. highway safety.


Meanwhile, New York has jumped from third to first ranking to claim the title as the worst city in the U.S. for road rage. According to the fourth annual In the Driver’s Seat Road Rage Survey, commissioned by auto club AutoVantage, New York is joined by Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Atlanta and Minneapolis/St. Paul as the five worst cities for road rage. This year’s survey sought to define road rage and responses pointed to two key attributes: angry drivers, including drivers who overreact and lose their tempers, and aggressive driving, including cutting into lanes, tailgating, speeding and honking. Behaviors by other drivers that cause stress for commuters and can lead to road rage include: drivers who talk on their cell phones (84 percent see this every day); driving too fast (58 percent); tailgating (53 percent); drivers eating or drinking while driving (48 percent); and texting or emailing while driving (37 percent). Check out this I.I.I. video on road rage.

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