People living in the San Diego area, especially those who frequently ride bikes or have friends or loved ones who do, should take note of the statistics. A recent report shows that California is the worst state in the country when it comes to bicycle deaths caused by collisions with other vehicles In California, from 2010 to 2012, 338 cyclists lost their lives in motor vehicle accidents. Across the U.S., there was an increase of 16 percent of bicycle accidents from 2010 to 2012. Bicycle fatalities accounted for 4 percent of all traffic fatalities in the state of California.
Traffic accidents happen in the blink of an eye, which is why every California driver needs to be able to devote their full attention to the task of arriving at their destination safely and without incident. Unfortunately, the distractions posed by cell phones and handheld devices can distract drivers from the task at hand, increasing the likelihood of car crashes, property damage, injuries and even death. Because of the risks involved in such actions - and the devastating consequences that go along with them - regulations and penalties have been put into place to discourage distracted driving.
People in the San Diego area may have heard about a tragic car accident that claimed the life of a 16-year-old high school junior at Steele Canyon High School. The accident occurred during a recent morning as the young student made his way to school along Steele Canyon Road.
People in San Diego may have heard about the recent arrest of a 50-year-old man who seriously injured a cyclist in a car accident back in October of last year. According to police, the man was wanted for reckless driving causing serious injury, which is a felony under California law. If convicted, he could face up to three years in prison.
People in San Diego know that the new year means plenty of changes for people's personal lives and aspirations, but they might fail to realize that there are also new laws that go into effect on a statewide and federal level. Some of these laws, such as the Affordable Care Act, draw loads of attention, but drivers in California should also be aware of some subtle changes in state law that could have serious repercussions.
People in San Diego may have heard about a California teenager who was recently charged with murder after hitting and killing a cyclist on a road in Dublin, east of San Francisco, last month. The teenager was charged with vehicular manslaughter after the bicycle accident, but once police discovered his chilling twitter posts, including phrases like "live fast die young," upped the charge to murder.
People in California know the dangers caused by distracted drivers but, for some drivers, common knowledge can't make up for a lack of common sense. This was the unfortunate case for one newly-licensed teenager in Ramona last month, who ended up badly injuring a police officer on a motorcycle in a wreck caused by texting and driving.
Drivers in San Diego, especially those who have received a ticket, are probably not going to mourn the removal of red light cameras at 15 different high-volume intersections across the city. The controversial cameras snapped photos of drivers at intersections after the light had turned red and issued tickets costing drivers up to nearly $500 if they were unlucky enough to get caught in the act.
We've all seen the stats about traffic fatalities, and the figures can be sobering, if not staggering, especially in the congested southern California transit system. Last year in the United States, traffic accidents claimed more than 32,000 lives. Vehicle-to-vehicle communication, or V2V, is the next new technology that seeks to lower that number, and may be the one that takes us into the next generation of safety and auto accident avoidance.