The winter holiday season has one of the highest incidences of drunk driving fatalities, so AskPatty joins with the Ad Council and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind our readers about the cost of drunk or buzzed driving.
Click to watch our video about the dangers of #BuzzedDriving
U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and NHTSA Administrator David Strickland have kicked off the annual "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" winter holiday crackdown on drunk and drugged driving. The annual campaign was launched last week with support from local law enforcement, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA). The crackdown runs from now until January 1, 2014, and is supported by $7.5 million in national advertising in TV and radio advertising featuring NHTSA's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.
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It’s that time of year: late fall and early winter are the peak times to beware of deer in the roadway, and we know you don’t want to hit one.
Deer are abundant in the fall and winter because it's both hunting and mating seasons when deer are more likely to roam outside their normal territory. Pay attention to "deer crossing" signs--they’re usually installed in areas where deer are already known to be abundant. Scan down the road and off to each side and pay particular attention at dusk and dawn, when such animals as deer, elk, and moose usually venture out to eat. If you’re driving at night, watch for pairs of small glowing lights on the side of the road that could be animal eyeballs reflecting the light from your headlights.
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As Teen Driver Safety Week comes to a close, I remember
clearly how afraid I was the first time I handed my newly licensed teenaged son
the keys to the car for his first solo drive.
I wasn’t afraid because I thought he was an unsafe driver;
in fact, he was a careful driver who had received good instruction and lots of
practice time behind the wheel. I was afraid because so much of being a “good”
driver comes with experience -- which then teaches how to pay attention and be
prepared for all the things that can be caused by other drivers -- and he didn’t have that experience yet. During
their first months of licensure, teens have a particularly high risk of accidents. Five
years later, much to my relief, he remains ticket- and crash-free.
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For 364 days each year, we teach our children not to take
candy from strangers. But on Halloween, collecting candy from strangers is the
number one goal. While most parents are careful to inspect the sweet hoard for signs
of malevolent tampering, many public servants and safety organizations agree
that it’s more important to make safe lighting the primary concern on
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Most of us love to score a good Groupon deal, and now
there's a great reason to love Groupon even more: Make a donation to
KidsAndCars.org through the Groupon website before Wednesday September 26,
2013, and for every $10 tax-deductible donation, KidsAndCars.org will receive
an additional $20 from matching sponsors.
That means each $10 Groupon
purchased actually equals a $30 donation to KidsAndCars.org!!
Donate now at: groupon.com/deals/kidsandcars-org
Every year, thousands of children are hurt or die because a
driver moving very slowly in reverse did not see them. The dollars raised
by KidsAndCars.org will be used to provide safety professionals with BlindZone Education Kits that help drivers become aware of exactly
how large and dangerous the blindzone behind their vehicle is and what they can
do to eliminate this danger.
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It’s National Child Passenger Safety Week (September 15-21),
and Safe Kids Worldwide has revealed that one in four parents have driven
without buckling up their children.
WHAT? The national survey, funded as part of a $2 million
grant from the General Motors Foundation, asked more than a thousand parents
and caregivers of children ages 10 and under if it was acceptable for a child
to ride unrestrained in a vehicle in certain circumstances.
Examples given included driving a short distance, if the car or booster seat
was missing, during overnight travel, as a reward for the child, or if they
chose to hold the child in their lap.
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It happened to me, and I remember the feeling: “I could
swear this is where I parked it, but it’s not here… Uh, oh! That broken glass
can only mean one thing….”
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s
theft rate data, more than 9 million model year 2010 vehicles were produced in
calendar year 2010—and 10,568 were stolen. Of those stolen, 8,736 were
passenger cars, 1,689 were multipurpose passenger vehicles, and 143 were
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It might seem obvious, but locking your car doors and taking
your keys with you when you leave your vehicle are the first two tips offered
by the Department of Transportation to help reduce your chances of vehicle
Every 44 seconds a motor vehicle is stolen in the United
States, and more than 40% of those thefts involve mistakes made by the drivers.
With agency trend data showing that July and August are the worst months for
vehicle thefts, the Department of Transportation is offering the following tips
to help avoid thefts and increase the chance that vehicles are recovered:
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More than 8000 votes have been tallied, the judges
conferred, and thanks to Bridgestone, college just got a little cheaper (okay, not just a little
cheaper, thousands cheaper) for three students. Did you vote for your favorite
“Teens Drive Smart” video? Be sure to check out the following winners.
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Because 24 children have already died in hot cars this year,
KidsAndCars.org and the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration are relaunching its annual “Be Safe”
and "Look Before You Lock" heatstroke awareness campaigns. The NHTSA says heatstroke in vehicles is the leading cause of all
non-crash-related fatalities involving children 14 and younger, representing 61
percent of total non-crash fatalities in this age group.
Starting with Heat Stroke Prevention Day on July 31, KidsandCars.org, along with other child-safety
advocacy groups and the NHTSA, have increased their summertime efforts to raise
awareness and educate parents and caregivers about ways to prevent children
from being unknowingly left alone in a hot vehicle.
On Heat Stroke
Prevention Day, July 31, KidsAndCars.org volunteers visited birthing
centers in cities across the country to distribute “Look Before You Lock™”
safety education cards for new and expectant parents. KidsAndCars.org, the only
and leading national nonprofit group dedicated solely to preventing injuries
and deaths of children in and around motor vehicles, to date has distributed
over 320,000 of the safety information cards to birthing centers and hospitals
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