A three-vehicle crash that occurred in Moreno Valley on April 14 left one man dead and three injured. Officials with California Highway Patrol say that a 47-year-old Hemet man driving a 1998 Ford Taurus eastward on Gilman Spring Road was fatally struck by the driver of a 2017 BMW 431i, a 27-year-old Santa Ana man, heading west.
In-car cameras and monitors could soon make the roads safer for California motorists. This is one of the goals of new technology that will be included in a leading European carmaker's vehicles starting in the early 2020s. The company announced plans to use the high-tech monitoring system to determine if drivers are intoxicated or distracted. If an inebriated driver fails to respond to warnings, the system would go a step further and take certain actions to avert an accident.
In coordination with Distracted Driving Awareness Month (every April, as designated by the National Safety Council), the Risk Institute at The Ohio State University has put forward some new research on the epidemic of distracted driving. California should know that distracted driving crashes kill about nine people and injure 100 more every day in the U.S., according to the NSC.
A crash occurred on Highway 46 in Cholame near the "Y" intersection on March 23, leaving one dead and three with serious injuries. At 6:30 a.m., the driver of a 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer was getting ready to make a left turn onto Highway 46 eastbound when a 2000 Toyota Sienna approached from a westbound lane. The driver of the Lancer failed to see the other and pulled out directly in its path.
Around 6:30 pm on March 15, the driver of a 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck crashed into a tree just off Highway 101 south of San Luis Obispo. Two were critically injured in the crash.
A California woman was killed in a one-vehicle accident near Cloverdale on March 3. Two other people were seriously injured as well.
On Feb. 17, four people lost their lives in a two-vehicle accident in California. One of the drivers was taken into custody and charged with drunk driving.
Early in the morning of February 8, 2019, a car crash at an intersection in north Stockton, California, resulted in one person dying and three people being injured. It all began when California Highway Patrol officers tried to pull over a speeding Chevrolet Silverado on Interstate 5 northbound. The driver, a 17-year-old boy and Oakland resident, did not stop but continued driving, exiting at March Lane and heading eastbound through city streets.
According to a report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers are using their phones less often to make calls. However, this doesn't mean that drivers in California have put their phones away completely. Instead, individuals are more likely to send an email or a text message while a car is in motion. Specifically, research shows that a driver is 57 percent more likely to be seen texting or emailing as opposed to making a call.
Sleep deprivation can affect drivers in a way similar to alcohol. The National Sleep Foundation says that a driver who is awake for 24 hours will act like one with a blood alcohol content of .10; a person is legally drunk at .08. Yet a AAA survey found that nearly one person in three had at least once in the previous month driven in so drowsy a state that their eyelids were drooping.