Driving all by themselves is a privilege and a mark of independence for Americans. Older parents will not be happy over giving their car keys and rely upon others to commute. Family members may keep them away from driving, fearing an accident or crash but parents often become reluctant with the interference of their children.
Older Drivers on Road
As per the survey conducted by Federal Highway Administration, there will be about 21 million drivers who are licensed yet old in United States. However, old is not defined by age. Drivers of age 60 can also become too old to drive on North Dakota roads. There can be certain physical limitations in every person getting old which makes driving difficult. But few senior citizens will be capable enough to drive even at their 80s and 90s. A survey by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said that older drivers have become very cautious with their driving. They are driving more carefully and hence less number of accidents or collisions involving them. Count on fatal accidents have gradually reduced when compared to the earlier survey made.
As per the National Safety Commission, there are certain signs which can be followed by the loved ones of old people in order to gauge their driving ability:
- They are having trouble in paying attention to road signs and traffic signals.
- If getting more tickets for violating traffic rules
- Driving slow than the traffic flow
- An increase in number of collisions or small crashes
- Difficulty in navigation or remembering their destination
- More number of dents on vehicle
Telling your beloved parent to stop getting behind the wheels all by themselves would be difficult. But you need to discuss their medical conditions with them which is troubling their drive. If convincing them becomes impossible then advice them to take the vehicle during day time and to travel short distances.
A worst crash which ever happened between a car and a bicyclist occurred in U.S, since then both are at odds. When any car collides with the bicycle, the consequences of it is always worst for the bicycle rider. As per the records of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 750 cyclists were killed in road accidents and nearly 50,000 were injured badly in the year 2008. The accident rate was high majorly in urban areas usually in day time by evening. Sadly, most of the accidents occurred killed a child between age group of 10 to 15 years.
Looking at the rate at which bicyclists accident was happening, Wisconsin state government rolled out few rules and regulations in order to avoid such incidents.
- Maintain a distance of 3 foot between you and the bicyclist. Give them clearance.
- When you take turns while driving, give yield to bicyclists the way you give it to a car.
- Be very careful specially when driving by neighbor hoods or near by schools. Pave way for kids.
- When moving your car from parking lot or while opening car doors, look behind for cyclists.
- When you are driving behind a bicycle, slow down while taking turns at any intersection. Do not try to over take them. This might lead to a collision.
Measures to be Taken by Cyclists
- Even the cyclists have to follow the same traffic rules as any vehicles. Ride in the same lane, check for signals, yield in a right way for other vehicles or bicycles and follow the traffic accordingly.
- While cycling at night or in dark, wear reflectors or headlights. Ensure the headlights are clearly visible till certain distance for other vehicles nearing you.
- Ride with a helmet.
- Do always signal before you take turns.
In most of the countries driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated / driving is a criminal offense. The only reasons for most of the auto accidents and injuries in highway are due to fatalities related to alcohol, a number exaggerated, or due to any of the participants is suspected of consuming alcohol beverages in an accident, even the smallest amount, regardless of whether the the cause for the accident was that person or not. Each and every death and single injury is totally preventable which is caused by drink and drive. In the recent decades the proportion alcohol-related crashes has dropped drastically, and such preventable accidents are still many. Unfortunately, this driving with alcohol-impaired is still a serious national problem in spite of great progress, which affects many victims annually.
DUI/DWI Mandate Laws
In most of the states during a suspension driving privileges can be restored, the restored privileges usually comes out with limitations, but the special hardship must be shown by the drivers. Interlock devices tries to analyze through the driver’s breath and may disable the ignition if the driver has found to be drunk. Most of the states in U.S require DWI and DUI offenders to set up the interlocks on all the vehicles for a safe drive during a suspension of license and the devices are required for a specified time limits even before fully re-licensing the offenders. License revocation or suspension usually follows conviction for alcohol-impaired driving. Administrative license suspension is a procedure under which licenses can be taken before conviction. Since the occurrence of administrative suspension license occurs immediately, sanctions for post -conviction are found less effective.
- Impounding or confiscating license plates to indicate that the driver’s license is revoked or suspended for offenses due to alcohol.
- Young to restrict themselves from night driving
- Electronically monitoring repeated DWI offenders.
- By dialing 911 on your cell phones you can report the drunken drivers and drivers involving in it to the law enforcement authorities.
- Mandating education about alcohol and driving prospective to drivers in every state and adequately testing them in their driver’s exams.