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Front crash prevention a good idea

Maryland residents who are getting ready to buy a new vehicle should opt to get one with front crash prevention. An available option, front crash prevention systems include collision alerts or automatic braking, both of which have been shown to significantly reduce the incidence of rear-end collisions and injuries.

Fatal car accidents on the rise in 2015

Based on statistics from the first nine months of 2015, Maryland drivers may be more likely to be in a fatal car accident than in previous years. From 2000 to 2014, fatal motor vehicle accidents declined over 22 percent around the country. There were 23,796 in the first nine months of 2014, but in the first nine months of 2015, that number rose to over 26,000.

NHTSA weighs in on driverless cars

Maryland residents have likely read about the autonomous vehicles being developed by technology companies like Google and car makers like Volvo and Tesla. Gaining regulatory approval for self-driving cars in all 50 states has been seen as one of the chief challenges facing these companies, but a letter sent to Google by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Feb. 4 indicates that the federal government at least seems ready to embrace the technology.

2 dead in Maryland crash

On Feb. 5, an accident involving a van and a tractor trailer resulted in the deaths of two people in Maryland. State Police reported that the crash occurred at the Route 113 and Bishopville Road intersection in Bishopville.

Volvo's "death-proof" car promise

Swedish automaker Volvo has made a promise that could make the roads safer for drivers in Maryland and around the world. By 2020, Volvo promises that there will be no serious injuries or fatalities in its cars and SUVs. This comes after a history of research into the injury and fatality rates among Volvo's drivers and passengers. While Volvo is a leader in autonomous driving technology, the automaker is joined by Google, Ford and Tesla in its pursuit of safer driverless technology.

Tests reveal flaws in law-abiding self-driving cars

Maryland residents who are waiting for self-driving cars to become commonplace may wait a little longer as engineers deal with a conundrum that tests have revealed. By driving as safely as possible and obeying traffic laws, self-driving cars are twice as likely to be involved in accidents than cars driven by humans. The self-driving cars are not at fault. Instead, they are hit by human drivers after failing to make intuitive adjustments in their driving. The crashes have been minor.

How drowsy driving impacts Maryland drivers

Speaking at a recently-held forum in Washington, D.C., a representative of the NHTSA said that 5,000 to 7,000 deaths occur each year because of drowsy driving. The forum was part of National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, which aims to educate drivers in Maryland and around the country about the dangers of getting behind the wheel while tired. The NHTSA representative was a former National Transportation Safety Board member who shared data collected by that agency over the past several years at the forum.

The new NHTSA drunk driving campaign

Maryland parents may have seen the October 2015 campaign on 'party fouls," aimed at reducing the prevalence of teenagers getting behind the wheel while drunk. The campaign is a partnership between the Ad Council and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that has continued since the 1980s. Between the debut of the famous 'Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving" campaign in 2005 and 2013, the number of young male drivers who said they would seek transportation as opposed to driving while buzzed increased from 38 to 47 percent.

Running red lights leads to serious consequences

Red-light running remains a serious concern in Maryland and around the country. An estimated 165,000 people are injured by red-light runners each year. In 2008, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 762 fatalities resulted from people who had broken the law and ran red lights at intersections causing crashes, and approximately half of those victims were not the violators, but pedestrians, drivers or passengers hit by the person running the red light.

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