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Can Denver Fight Off a Traffic Fatality Trend?

Last year was a tough year for traffic fatalities all across Colorado. At least 605 people died on roadways in our state, but did you know that 61 of those deaths happened in Denver? This shocking number has city officials scrambling, and the mayor is ready to take measures to bring this number down to zero. How Will Denver Stop Its Traffic Fatality Trend? So far, in 2017, another 41 people have died in traffic accidents all over Denver. According to the mayor’s office, around 50 percent of the traffic deaths in the city happened on 5 percent of Denver’s streets. Officials also claim that a significant portion of these fatalities were pedestrians. Colorado State Patrol is focusing on the recent spike in distracted driving to take control of traffic fatalities around the state. But in Denver, Mayor Michael Hancock has set his sights on other emergent problems. The mayor…
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Who Is Responsible for a Road Debris Accident?

Road debris is a serious safety threat found on highways and interstates throughout the country. Furniture, old tires, car parts, electronics and other objects routinely cause car accidents. In fact, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety claims more than 200,000 accidents were caused by road debris between 2011 and 2014. More than 39,000 people suffered injuries and another 500 died as a result of these road debris accident accidents. In a majority of the fatal accidents, motorists lost control of their vehicles while swerving to avoid debris. It is important to understand that many of these accidents are caused by negligent commercial drivers or regular motorists who are hauling objects. For example, a commercial driver hauling equipment may fail to properly tie down his or her load. This could cause the equipment to come loose and hit other motorists. Depending on the circumstances, the driver and his or her employer…
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Can the Textalyzer Prevent Distracted Driving Accidents?

In the mid-1950s, Robert F. Borkenstein invented the breathalyzer, a tool that became used by law enforcement across the country to measure the blood alcohol content (BAC) of motorists. If motorists are pulled over and they test above a certain threshold while using the breathalyzer, they face arrest. The breathalyzer became an important asset in reducing the number of drunk driving crashes. A similar solution is being used to prevent distracted driving accidents. The “textalyzer” is sort of like a breathalyzer for your phone. Police could connect the textalyzer to the smart phones of motorists to determine if they were texting and driving. However, police would not have access to individual text messages. They would simply be able to see if drivers were texting before crashing or being pulled over. New York could become the first state to adopt the textalyzer as a solution for preventing distracted driving. Lawmakers in…
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