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Speeding to be the emphasis for Operation Safe Driver Week

July 14 to 20 is when the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will hold its annual Operation Safe Driver Week. This is to be a period of increased enforcement of traffic laws, so both truck and passenger vehicle drivers in Ohio will want to make sure they are being safe on the road. As a deterrent, police will be ready to issue citations.

Some of the dangerous driving behaviors that police will be looking for are distracted driving (especially calling and texting), impaired driving, aggressive driving, seat belt neglect, improper lane changing and the ignoring of traffic control devices. Speeding will be the number one focus of this year's event.

Driving in the rain can be deadly

When it rains in Ohio, many motorists continue to drive at or above the speed limit, but it is important not to. Even a little rain can greatly increase the risk of a fatal accident involvement.

According to a researcher at the North Carolina Institute of Climate Studies, a light rain, which is a drizzle that is steady enough to use an umbrella, increases the risk of fatal accidents by 27%. Moderate rain increases the risk of fatal crashes by 75%, and heavy rain increases the risk by two-and-one-half times. The study was reported in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

Volvo to install cameras, sensors to detect drunk driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that in 2017, 10,874 people died in the U.S. due to drunk driving crashes. Every day, about 30 people in the U.S. are dying in such crashes. Ohio residents who own a Volvo car should know that the automaker has announced plans to update its vehicle safety tech to address the deadly trend of drunk driving.

Specifically, Volvo will be installing in-car cameras and sensors to monitor drivers and provide warning signals if it detects any signs of intoxication or distraction. If drivers do not respond to these signals, the vehicle may intervene by limiting its speed or by slowing itself down and parking in a safe place.

CVSA to kick off International Roadcheck June 4

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance will have its annual International Roadcheck from June 4 to 6. Therefore, commercial motor vehicle drivers in Ohio will want to make sure they comply with federal regulations. The majority of inspections will be Level I, which covers both vehicle and driver compliance.

Drivers will be asked to provide documents like their CDLs, Medical Examiner's Certificates and work logs. Inspectors will also check tires, wheels, brakes, lights and cargo securement devices. Steering and suspension safety will be emphasized because of the role these components play in supporting heavy loads and maintaining control and stability during braking and acceleration. They also prevent uneven tire wear and, with it, tire failure.

Faulty vehicle components can increase your risk in a car

If you had to imagine the common causes of motor vehicle accidents, you would likely list issues like impaired driving, distracted driving and even drowsy driving. Although you wouldn't be wrong by including those items on the list, you would be overlooking an important factor that contributes to a significant number of collisions and serious vehicle issues every year.

Poorly made vehicles or vehicles that include faulty components are also a risk factor for anyone on the road. Problems with one individual part of a vehicle can increase the risk of the whole vehicle failing and causing a crash. Even more worrying is the fact that some of these product defects cause safety critical issues.

Driving while drowsy is more dangerous than many realize

A lack of sleep often leads to fatigue, a grumpy attitude and difficulty concentrating. The negative impacts that sleep deprivation has on a person are well documented. Still, some Ohio residents feel that it's okay to drive while they are drowsy. The research says otherwise. That's why Ford Motor Company used World Sleep Day on March 15, to highlight some of the dangers that drowsy drivers expose themselves to.

Fatigue plays a major role in automobile crashes. In fact, statistics show that fatigue is a factor in up to one in five automobile accidents. Experts say that if a person does not sleep for 18 hours, their reaction times are comparable to an individual who is driving while impaired from alcohol.

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