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Legal Marijuana Forcing States to Examine Impaired Driving Laws

Concern growing about the problem of smoking and driving.

by on Dec.29, 2014

An increasing number of Americans are concerned about driving while under the influence of marijuana.

How much pot can a person smoke and then drive safely? It’s a question more and more states are grappling with as the legalization of marijuana becomes more widespread.

Those states are not alone as nearly half of Americans express similar concerns and report feeling that drug-impaired drivers are a bigger problem today compared to three years ago, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

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While 85% of Americans support marijuana-impairment laws, according to its latest survey, the definition of “impairment” is a tough one to nail down when it comes to John Q. Public as well as the law enforcement community. (more…)

Parents Modeling Bad Driving Habits to Teens

Distracted driving practices influence kids’ behaviors.

by on Aug.08, 2014

Teens mimic the behavior of their parents, especially when it comes to distracted driving.

While many parents often concentrate on what kind of vehicle will keep their teen drivers the safest, it’s poor behaviors they exhibit behind the wheel that make the biggest difference in safety and teens learn many of those habits from their parents.

While parents may think they’re setting a good example for their teens, these findings suggest that some parents engage in unsafe driving habits more often than they might admit,” said Dave Melton, driving safety expert with Liberty Mutual Insurance and managing director of global safety.

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“Research shows that teens often replicate their parents’ poor driving behaviors, so it’s critical for the safety of everyone on the road that parents be a model for responsible driving whenever they are behind the wheel.” (more…)

Americans Admit to Dangerous Behaviors While Driving

Poll shows more people recognizing distracted driving.

by on Jun.20, 2014

Americans appear to be taking a harsher view of what constitutes distracted driving, although they're not as stringent with their own behavior.

The increase in what Americans define as dangerous behavior while driving continues to become more stringent, but their resolve to stop these behaviors isn’t growing at the same rate.

A recent Harris Poll shows that people are taking a harsher view on drinking while driving and distracted driving. In fact, 94% of Americans believe that driving after having three or more drinks is dangerous, while 68% feel the same way about having one or two drinks.

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However, knowing what’s wrong and doing something about it are two different things. (more…)