Common Autumn Road Hazards For Maine Drivers

The month of November brings shorter days, colder temperatures and slippery road conditions. All are seasonal hazards for Maine drivers. According to a 2016 report by the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT), November had the third highest percentage of traffic accidents (9%) between 2006 and 2015. December had the highest percentage at 12 percent. November...

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Distracted Walking Remains Dangerous, But Less Prevalent Than Once Thought

On the surface, distracted pedestrians appear to be their own worst enemies. We think we know them: the guy who regularly walks against the red light. The woman who steps off the curb and never looks up from her phone. The texting teen who thinks crosswalks are simply a suggestion.   After all, the number of pedestrians...

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Bicyclists Wearing Their Helmets Still Face Injury Risk

If you’re riding a bicycle, you should wear your helmet. It’s the one thing protecting your head in the case of an accident. However, not all helmets are created equal. In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers from Virginia Tech and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety teamed up to examine the effects of various styles. While...

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The Road to Zero Traffic Fatalities

Every year, millions of drivers are involved in car crashes and tens of thousands are killed as a result. In 2016, there were 161,374 preventable deaths and 44.5 million injuries from accidents that cost an estimated $967.9 billion in damages. In Maine, on average there are over 30,000 motor vehicle accidents and nearly 150 fatalities...

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10 Ways to Improve Your Driving

From 2011 to 2016, there were 30,482 traffic accidents on Maine’s roads. That averages out to a crash happening once every 17 minutes, though actually the majority of crashes happen during the bustling rush hour. However, drivers must always be alert, as over a fifth of all crashes happen between 9 PM and 2 AM....

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MDOT’s New Traffic Safety Plan

The last three years have shown an upswing in auto accidents throughout Maine. Because of this, the Department of Transportation has started a Strategic Highway Safety Plan. This plan examines traffic accident data and fatality statistics to determine where additional traffic safety measures can be put in place to reduce the risk of an accident....

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