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Fatal car accident risk rises significantly even in light rain

Missouri sees all kinds of weather, and most motorists know to slow down in pouring rain or freezing rain. A light drizzle, however, tends not to alarm people too much, but a new traffic accident study concluded that light rain increases the danger of a deadly wreck by 27% compared to clear weather. The lead author of the study said that people lacked appreciation for the level of risk produced by light rain that only adds up to one-tenth of an inch per hour.

Drunk driving intervention tech planned for Volvo vehicles

Intoxicated drivers pose a threat to road users in Missouri every day. To address this problem, Volvo Cars has announced a series of safety technology upgrades for its vehicles starting in 2020. By the early 2020s, the automaker plans to use cameras to monitor operators for signs of drunk driving. When the system detects erratic behavior or operation, it could automatically reduce speed and eventually park the car in a safe place.

Distracted driving grows around emergency vehicles

Many Missouri motorists know that distracted driving is dangerous. Legal changes to outlaw texting while driving and public awareness campaigns have drawn attention to the threat of fatal accidents linked to distraction behind the wheel. Nevertheless, surveys continue to indicate that while drivers know that distraction can be deadly, they continue to engage in the process and believe that they are in control of their own behavior.

How radar data accurately links precipitation with car crash risk

In Missouri, rain and snow can put drivers in danger. Previous studies say the risk for a fatal motor vehicle accident can go up anywhere between 10 and 76 percent in precipitation, but a new study from North Carolina State University has come up with more accurate numbers.

Distracted driving habits are not easy to break

Most Missouri drivers are probably aware of the dangers of being distracted behind the wheel. Nevertheless, it's not easy for motorists to break habits that could divert their attention while driving. In fact, a survey of more than 2,000 executives and consumers found that roughly eight out of 10 people polled admitted that they talk on their cellphones while driving. More than 30 percent of respondents reported having a near-miss vehicle accident because they were distracted.

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