Breaking down on the side of the road can be a colossal inconvenience for Maryland residents. It can also be dangerous. There are too many media reports of a pedestrian on the side of the road because of engine trouble being killed in a motor vehicle accident.
Some stretches of road here in Maryland see more crashes than others do. For some reason, there seems to be an increase in wrong-way crashes on a certain stretch of Route 50. Two people died in the most recent motor vehicle accident, which took place on a Wednesday morning.
There is no disputing the toll that drunk driving accidents take on U.S. roads and highways. Indeed, statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that 2015 alone saw over 1.1 million DUI arrests and, more significantly, a staggering 10,265 lives lost in DUI-related crashes. As if this wasn't shocking enough, the CDC puts the price tag of these crashes at over $44 billion per year.
While motorists can now rely on everything from GPS systems and in-dash navigation programs to smartphones to provide them with directions, many nevertheless still rely on such tried-and-true techniques as consulting paper maps, asking strangers for directions and, of course, following friends.
For teens, the period running from Memorial Day through Labor Day ranks as one of the best of the year. That's because school is officially out, meaning they are free from homework, able to earn much-needed income at summer jobs and, of course, hang out with their friends far more often.
Without question, one of the most stressful moments in the life of any parent is when their child is old enough to start driving. Indeed, this stress has only been exacerbated in recent years, as moms and dads not only have to worry about things like speeders and impaired drivers, but also distracted drivers.
In our post last week, our blog began discussing the topic of aggressive driving, namely how it's defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, who is the most susceptible to engaging this behavior, and why it's so exceedingly dangerous.
As you made your way to work this morning, chances are good that you noticed the usual assortment of questionable driving practices from those more interested in their phones than surrounding traffic to those who simply failed to notice the posted traffic signs.
Mix excitable children with a glut of candy, low light, low-visibility masks, dark costumes and a high number of drunk drivers on the road and you have a real witch's brew of factors that can end in a pedestrian getting hit or killed by a car.