According to a recent report, Missouri ranks as one of the worst states for teen drivers.
The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, or NHTSA, recently announced that they are estimating when all is said and done, there will be 36,750 traffic-related fatalities over 2018. If this estimate holds, then it will be a 1% drop from 2017 and the second year in which the number dropped.
When people think of a semi-truck accident, they may think of a large truck smashing a smaller passenger car. However, collisions between two semi-trucks can also be deadly. Such was the case recently when two trucks collided in the Kansas City area in an overnight incident. The accident left one of the drivers dead.
Many times, the serious and fatal traffic accidents in this area that get the attention of Kansas City's news media happen on major highways or, at least, on principal roadways where motorists travel at higher speeds. However, as a recent tragic case illustrated, deadly auto accidents can happen anywhere, even on the neighborhood streets.
Although most Americans do not see it as a holiday despite it being around for about a generation, many people will observe April 20 as High Day by ingesting marijuana. Young people in particular tend to use this drug with greater frequency around April 20.
By now, most Kansas City residents have probably been warned in some way that distracted driving, particularly texting and driving, is a very dangerous behavior. There are many ongoing public awareness campaigns that caution drivers not to try to use their phones while driving.
Some insurance companies are taking advantage of modern technology to keep a closer eye on their customers' driving habits. Even though such business initiatives are voluntary right now, some complain that this technology still has too much of a Big Brother feel to it. On the other hand, many proponents say that drivers operate their cars safer when they know that their insurance companies are watching their driving via the customers' mobile devices.
People in the Kansas City area have probably heard many times, from many different sources, about how dangerous drunk driving is. One need only pay attention to the news, and they will likely hear a story about a family losing a loved one to an auto accident because of drunk driving.
According to a recent analysis, it seems that drivers in the Kansas City area, whether they live on the Missouri or Kansas side of the city, have some trouble staying off of their cell phones while driving.