Not surprisingly, the American Automobile Association, or AAA, is predicting another blockbuster year when it comes to the number of people who will be traveling more than 50 miles this Thanksgiving. AAA is predicting that 49.3 million people will take to the highways and roads this Thanksgiving holiday. This is almost 3 percent higher than last year's number and will be the most people on the road since 2005.
Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, released its final report on the number of traffic fatalities across the country in 2018. Although, this report included some encouraging news, it highlighted the fact that pedestrian deaths have continued to climb. At this point, the number of people dying due to pedestrian accidents as it is highest since 1990.
While many people in the Longview area may intuitively think that drunk driving is a problem that happens in the evening and overnight hours, statistics tell a slightly different and surprising story. Across the country, and between 2013 and 2017, there were over 3,900 fatalities related to drunk driving that happened during the so-called brunch hours, that is, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., a time when most do not think drunk driving is a problem.
Anecdotally, Millennials, that is, those born in the 1980s through the mid-1990s, are more adept at using technology.
Texas has the unhappy distinction of leading the nation in motor vehicle accident fatalities. The Texas Department of Transportation reported 3,721 traffic deaths in 2017, the most recent year for which final statistics are available.
Many things can have impacts on accident and injury likelihood out on the roads. This includes what traffic safety rules a state has. One class of traffic safety laws that many states have been adding in recent years are rules against distracted driving.