For nearly four decades, residents in Connecticut have been exposed to a strong increase in education about the dangers of drunk driving. Mothers Against Drunk Driving was founded in 1980 and, since then, many other groups and law enforcement agencies have worked together to get the message out that drinking and driving really do not mix.
People who live in Connecticut know that the time between the middle of November and the start of January tends to be filled with a myriad of parties, family gatherings and other holiday celebrations. Alcohol tends to be served at a large portion of these activities which can increase the number of drivers on the roads who had consumed alcohol prior to getting behind the wheel. It appears anymore that alcohol may not be the only problem people should be aware of.
Roadway accidents in Connecticut involving both cars and trucks sometimes result in lost lives. This could also have been true in the case of a collision in California between a sedan and an 18-wheeler that had lost control. Nevertheless, the driver of the sedan is alive today thanks to the heroic actions of two homeless men who pulled him from the flaming wreckage of his vehicle.
Many drivers may already be intimidated by the many large semi-trucks and tractor-trailers that they encounter on Bridgeport's roads; the last thing they want to even consider is that those operating such vehicles might literally be asleep at the wheel. Some might try to argue that the potential threat posed by drowsy drivers is overblown, and statistics may seem to even back up this point. Indeed, research information shared by the National Center for Biotechnology Information shows that fatigue was listed as the primary cause in only 1.5 percent of fatal truck accidents in 2013. Yet those compiling this same information recognize that there are potentially huge gaps in data collection accuracy in these incidents. Thus, the actual numbers may be quite higher.
There are one's legal obligations in Bridgeport, and then there is general decorum. Most believe that there is a marked difference between the two, yet there are cases where the lines between them may be blurred. An example might be that of a car accident. Say that you are involved in a car accident caused by another. It is common knowledge that the all parties involved (yet especially the driver responsible for the incident) are to remain at the scene until law enforcement arrives, accounts and information are shared, and everyone is given permission to leave. Yet what if you also happen to be injured?
People in Connecticut may well have a stereotype in their minds about the type of person who is arrested for drunk driving. While certainly, anyone who consumes alcohol and then drives a vehicle may theoretically be a drunk driver, there is a standard view of this person and sometimes a case comes along that only reinforces that stereotype. In fact, it often makes people feel there is a reason that such a stereotype exists in the first place.
For some time now, residents in Connecticut have heard reports about the dangers of distracted driving. Similar to campaigns created that were designed to combat drunk driving, today efforts are often targeted at the new kid on the risk block - distracted driving.
Residents in Connecticut know that a single motor vehicle accident may be caused or influenced by a wide variety of factors. These may include things that drivers have little control over like inclement weather, obstructions in the roadway or even faulty vehicle parts. Other factors are completely within the control of at least one driver or person involved. One example of this is a drunk driving accident where the impaired driver could have made other choices.
Connecticut residents know that car accidents may be caused by a variety of things. An unfortunate number of crashes can be attributed to the negligence or poor decision-making on the part of drivers. In some situations, environmental factors such as ice or fog may contribute to a wreck. In still other incidents, a root cause might be something that nobody could have either predicted or prevented.
For many people in Connecticut and around the nation, dealing with traffic jams has become just something that must be done on a regular basis. Like many things that become routine, it can be easy to forget that there may be dangers lurking in these seemingly mundane experiences. Even while vehicle speeds may be slow, an accident that occurs during a traffic slowdown can still end up causing great tragedies.