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November 2017 Archives

Study puts Pokémon Go road accident death toll at 250

The augmented reality game 'Pokémon Go" became wildly popular in South Carolina and around the country following its July 2016 release. However, a recent study from Purdue University suggests that the nationwide passion for the free-to-play game could have led to as many as 250 additional road deaths. Purdue researchers studied crash statistics compiled in the months prior to and following the game's release, and they discovered that accidents rates soared near Pokéstop locations.

Even drivers in South Carolina should prepare for winter weather

Heavy snowfall is rare in South Carolina, but this can actually make the roads of the Palmetto State even more dangerous when temperatures do drop below freezing. Drivers in northern states must learn quickly how to cope with icy road conditions and blinding blizzards, but those who live in more temperate parts of the country often lack these crucial skills. Even modest amounts of snow can bring traffic to a halt in southern states, but there are steps that motorists can take to prepare for winter weather and reduce their chances of being involved in an accident.

Thanksgiving holiday brings higher crash fatality rates

While Thanksgiving may be one of the happiest holidays in South Carolina, it is also our nation's most dangerous for drivers. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics, 764 fatalities were reported in connection with crashes during Thanksgiving in 2012. In addition, almost 50,000 non-fatal car crashes were also noted. Only 654 fatal crashes were reported during Christmas that year.

Medication can cut accident risk for drivers with ADHD

For drivers in South Carolina with ADHD, medication can make a substantial difference in lowering the risk of auto accidents while on the road. A study published in JAMA Psychiatry shows that car crashes occur significantly less frequently among ADHD patients taking medication than among those who do not. The study included more than 2.3 million people.

How to drive safely in during the fall season

On Nov. 5, daylight saving time began in most of the United States. This means that drivers in South Carolina may need to adjust their driving habits to account for animals on the road during the morning or evening commute. Drivers are encouraged to reduce their speed and stay alert for any animals that might be on the roadways.

Phone distraction underreported as cause of traffic fatalities

Many South Carolina motorists have either used a smartphone while driving or seen others do it. Safety advocates are increasingly blaming smartphone distractions for the rise in traffic fatalities, especially the sharp jumps in deaths of pedestrians, motorcyclists and bicyclists. Putting precise figures on the number of crashes caused by distracted drivers, however, remains impossible. Safety advocates believe that inconsistent reporting from the states has undermined the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's ability to accurately calculate how many people died because of smartphone distractions.

NHTSA seeks rule changes for self-driving cars

The roadways of South Carolina and the entire nation might be very different in the near future as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking to eliminate regulations that are currently preventing the approval of some self-driving vehicles. The agency is looking in particular toward vehicles that do not allow a human to take control.

Study says shift work increases risk for car crashes

Millions of Americans work a night or rotational shift, and according to a study made by researchers at a prominent Boston health care facility, approximately 28 percent of drivers admitted that they fell asleep at the wheel at least once in the previous year. This could make some South Carolina motorists worried about their safety on the road.

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