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National Stop on Red Week


 

N-Stop-on-red-weekIn 1995, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) created the Stop Red-Light Running Program to help educate the public on the dangers of red-light running and increase enforcement at a grassroots, community level. A key platform of this effort is National Stop on Red Week, which takes place annually the first week of August, and during which communities across the country bring national visibility to this deadly traffic problem and step up enforcement efforts. This year National Stop on Red Week is August 2 to August 8, 2015.

Top 10 Reasons to Stop on Red:

1. Red-light running is dangerous.

2. Between 2004-2013, an estimated 7,799 people were killed from red-light running incidents.

3. The cost to society of all crashes exceeds $230 billion annually.

4. One in three Americans know someone who has been injured or killed in a red-light running crash.

5. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 4 and the second leading cause of death for children age 3 and 5-14.

6. About half of the deaths in red-light running crashes are pedestrians, bicyclists and occupants in other vehicles that are hit by the red-light runners.

7. In 2013, more than 697 people were killed and an estimated 127,000 were injured in crashes that involved red-light running.

8. Motorists in urban areas are more likely to be injured in crashes involving red-light running than in any other type of crash.

9. Red-light runners are more than three times as likely as other drivers to have multiple speeding convictions on their driver records.

10. More than 36 percent of drivers continue to run red-lights and take risks, despite the fact that 55 percent of the participants said it is a very serious threat and 73 percent acknowledged that running red-lights is unacceptable.

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Michigan drivers beware of deer


 

New data shows odds Michigan drivers will collide with a deer are declining

 

Michigan drivers are more than two percent less likely to collide with a deer in the next 12 months than they were last year, according to new claims data from State Farm. However, the odds that drivers will hit a deer in Michigan in the coming year are 1 out of 94—still above the national odds of 1 in 169.

Using its claims data and state licensed driver counts from the Federal Highway Administration, State Farm, the nation’s leading auto insurer, calculates the chances of any single American motorist striking a deer over the next 12 months state by state.

More 2014 State Farm deer collisions facts:

  • Michigan is ranked 11th in the country for the most deer collisions
  • The national cost per claim average is $3,888, up 13.9 percent from 2013 when the average was $3,414.
  • The months a driver is most likely to collide with a deer in Michigan, mostly due to mating and hunting seasons, are:
  1. November
  2. October
  3. December
  • For the eighth year in a row, West Virginia tops the list of states where a collision is most likely with 1 in 39 odds. Hawaii rounds out the bottom of the list, also for the eighth year in a row, with 1 in 10,281 odds.

“Whether you live in Pennsylvania or Hawaii, it’s important that drivers are practicing safe driving habits and watching out for animals on the road. Wearing your seat belt and practicing defensive driving tactics could make a significant difference,” says State Farm Spokesperson Angie Rinock.

Avoid becoming a statistic

Injuries, vehicle damage and fatalities all can result from vehicle collisions with deer. In 2012, 175 deaths were the result of collisions with animals, with deer being the animal most often struck, according to the Insurance Information Institute and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. These tips could help drivers avoid a collision:

  •  Use extra caution in known deer zones
  •  Always wear your seatbelt
  •  At night, when there is no oncoming traffic, use high beams
  •  Avoid swerving when you see a deer
  •  Scan the road for deer and other danger signs
  •  Do not rely on devices such as deer whistles

And here are some deer facts that all drivers should know:

  • Deer are on all roads
  • Deer are unpredictable
  • Deer often move in groups
  • Deer movement is most prevalent in the fall
  • Dusk and dawn are high risk times

 

 

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