It is fairly obvious that teen drivers do not have as much experience as those, say, 10 to 20 years older. Even if a teenager is responsible and mature, they simply do not have the same level of experience that is often needed to handle traffic emergencies and the like. Moreover, for a number of reasons, many teens do not always have the best judgment, and they are more prone to distractions.
A recent study found that the vast majority of drivers, around nine out of 10, admitted to engaging in at least one bad driving habit which the study classified as a "driving fail." Among the top 10 fails, the most common one was eating while driving. It seems intuitive enough that a person cannot use both hands to steer when the person is holding lunch or even a warm cup of coffee in one hand. Additionally, like any other distraction, eating takes a driver's eyes and mind off of the road.
According to a recent study, the efforts of lawmakers, police and safety advocates are paying off when it comes to reducing the number of deaths related to drunk driving in Pennsylvania. In 2000, 533 people died on Pennsylvania's roads because of a drunk driver. By 2017, that number had dropped to 314. Overall, the fatality rate in this state has declined by over 41% during those 17 years.
Like other major holidays, many people will take the upcoming long Labor Day weekend as an opportunity to have fun and relax with family and friends.
As this blog has reported on previous occasions, distracted driving, especially texting and driving, is an ongoing problem in this state. However, according to at least some recent data, Pennsylvania drivers are actually doing relatively well when it comes to keeping their eyes on the road.
In the Altoona area, many people may choose to celebrate St. Patrick's Day by having an Irish meal and sharing a few drinks with friends and family.
According to a recent preliminary analysis that was reported by a Pennsylvania media outlet, the number of pedestrian deaths in this state went up by about 30 to 40 percent in 2018. In 2018, Pennsylvania had 90 pedestrian fatalities related to car accidents, whereas the number in 2017 was 64.
A man who caused a fatal accident in a Pennsylvania town about 45 miles from Altoona will spend at least 6 years and up to 15 years in prison for his role in the crash. After the accident, police determined that the man was high on methamphetamine and a prescription medicine at the time of the collision.
Like the vast majority of its sister states, Pennsylvania uses .08 blood alcohol content, or BAC, as its legal limit for the purpose of deciding whether a driver can face criminal drunk driving charges.
Not surprisingly, this time of year is a popular time to travel, which means the roads in and around Altoona, Pennsylvania, are going to be particularly crowded.