A distracted teenage driver apparently caused the death of a 56-year-old man in the Massachusetts town of Mendon recently. Authorities say the fatal car accident occurred shortly after 12:15 p.m. on a Wednesday in mid-June. The victim had been towing a boat and stopped at a local marine store. Thereafter, the man was apparently inspecting the boat with the owner of the store when tragedy struck.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) recently published a study about the dangers of driving while using a cellphone. Their findings raise questions about the effectiveness of criminalizing cellphone use behind the wheel. The MIT study suggests the real problem may be drivers who engage in risky driving behavior with or without using cellphones. The study does not dispute the well-established facts linking cellphone use while driving with higher accident rates. Peer-reviewed psychological studies have found that even talking on a hands-free phone while driving can impair reaction time as much as drinking can-though talking with people present in the vehicle does not.
The nation just got through the first few weeks of school this fall and with it came the usual added stress on drivers and kids to stay safe. The reasons are obvious for an increase in the risk of motor vehicle accidents near schools, with or around school buses and in neighborhoods with children.
Interstate 495 near Wareham, Massachusetts, is a divided freeway. There are few ways to end up driving on the interstate going the wrong way -- and yet that is what happened.
New studies have shown that texting while driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. In Massachusetts, a law made texting while driving a criminal offense as of September 30, 2010, if it results in an injury.
The Center for Disease Prevention and Control monitors not only diseases, but also accidents with injuries and many other topics. According to the CDC, distracted driving is on the rise and it is leading to more accidents. In 2009, 5,400 people died and about 448,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. Of that number, 1,000 fatalities and 24,000 injuries were due to cell phone use. Many of them could have been in Massachusetts.
A new study by Texas A&M University's Texas Transportation Institute confirms a growing consensus regarding a major problem on our nation's roads: texting while driving.
According to a WBZTV report, five Massachusetts state troopers have been involved in car accidents while on the job in June and July. The most tragic accident involved Trooper Douglas Weddleton, who was killed when he was struck by drunk driver after pulling over another vehicle.
Massachusetts' drivers can expect to see more patrols on the streets this summer -- 1,000 more to be exact. After a fifth police officer was struck by a drunk driver in the past two weeks, officers got fed up and launched the Operation Lighting initiative.