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Drugs and Car Accidents

A recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Administration suggests that more and more people are driving with drugs in their system. In 2016, 44% of drivers who were killed in car accidents and tested for drugs tested positive, and 58% of those who tested positive had taken marijuana, opioids, or both. By comparison, only 38% of drivers in fatal accidents in 2016 had alcohol in...

Driving Through Red Lights — Coming Soon?

The Utah legislature may soon be voting on a bill that would allow drivers to run a red light. More accurately, the bill would allow drivers to drive through a red light after stopping and safely looking in all directions to confirm no other vehicles, cyclists, or pedestrians are coming. A similar law allows bicycles to run red lights in certain circumstances. The Utah Department of...

Roads Remain Dangerous Places

The National Safety Council has stated that there were approximately 40,100 traffic-related fatalities in 2017, which was “near decade-high levels.” Although cars have gotten safer – over 20% of 2017 model year vehicles had some form of advanced driver assistance systems – traffic deaths increased sharply in 2016 and remained near that level last year. Some of the potential reasons for...