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The benefits of ADAS-based features

With Tesla testing its Autopilot program and tech suppliers like Harman International creating prototypes for futuristic cars, fully autonomous driving seems to be just around the corner. However, these developments will take years to be refined and made available to the public. In the meantime, several new safety features are already saving lives. Drivers in New Jersey may want to know more about assisted driving technologies in particular.

NHTSA wants to stop drugged driving

The opioid crisis and increased legalization of marijuana have led to increased concern over drugged driving in New Jersey and throughout the U.S. That's why the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is trying to combat the issue. As part of its effort, the agency is hosting a summit that starts on March 15.

Keep timelines in mind after a car crash

Car accidents happen all too frequently to New Jersey drivers; keeping safe behind the wheel is a major priority every time one sets out to drive. However, when a driver does experience a collision, whether due to a drunk driver, distracted driver or other roadway situation, he or she may be concerned about next steps even while handling medical emergencies and the immediate problems with their vehicles. There are some timelines for drivers to keep in mind for reporting their accidents to car insurance and following up with any necessary legal actions.

Seasonal safety campaign highlights dangers of drunk driving

As residents of New Jersey and other states relax in front of their televisions during the holiday season, their attention might be drawn to the issue of drunk driving. A sign of the season, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has commenced its Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign. As part of the annual NHTSA safety program, a TV commercial designed to remind motorists about the risks and consequences of drunk driving is running nationwide.

Many accidents caused by drivers that fall asleep or lose control

Approximately 6 million motor vehicle accidents take place each year in New Jersey and around the country, and government data suggests that the vast majority of these crashes involve human error of one type or another. Even more alarming are the figures revealing that fatal accidents surged in the United States in 2015 and 2016 despite significant advances in automobile safety systems and improvements to the nation's roads.

Road safety advocates fear surge in marijuana impairment

New Jersey is among several states that have legalized marijuana for medical purposes, but some road safety advocates believe that laws like the one passed in the Garden State could lead to a sharp increase in impaired driving accidents. They point to crash data from Colorado, Oregon and Washington revealing that traffic collisions rose after marijuana was approved for recreational use, but experts say that the data is inconclusive and does not link the rise in accidents with increased consumption of the drug.

Study shows 'Pokémon Go' may have caused traffic crashes, deaths

While many New Jersey residents may love to play "Pokémon Go," a new study shows that the popular smartphone-based game may have led to a surge in traffic injuries and deaths after its July 2016 launch. The study was conducted by researchers at Purdue University and released online in November.

With shorter daylight hours, wildlife collision risk increases

With the end of daylight savings time come shorter days and more wildlife activity. As more drivers find themselves out between dusk and dawn, the period when wildlife is most active, they increase their risk of colliding with the animals. Autumn is an especially busy time for deer and bears. This is why experts recommend that drivers in and around New Jersey take several precautions to avoid such accidents. This advice is good year-round.

Collision avoidance systems prevent accidents, study shows

New Jersey drivers with collision avoidance systems in their vehicles may be less likely to have an accident than those who do not. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducted a study using data from 2015 that looked at accidents involving blind spots and moving into other lanes. After examining 5,000 accidents, it found that those involving head-on crashes or sideswipes were lower by 11 percent for vehicles with the warning system. Furthermore, the same type of injury accidents were lower by 21 percent.

Tesla Model S struggles in IIHS crash safety tests.

New Jersey residents may know that many experts believe that autonomous vehicle technology could one day considerably reduce the frequency of automobile accidents caused by human error. Tesla has included many of the latest autonomous safety systems on its luxury Model S sedan, and its CEO Elon Musk is on record as saying that his company's flagship model is the safest car ever built. However, the Model S has struggled to live up to Musk's comments in tests designed to determine how cars, SUVs and pickup trucks perform in real-world accident situations.

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