Driver Safety

Impaired Driving: What Does .08 Look Like?

Impaired Driving: What Does .08 Look Like?

Thanksgiving weekend is the most traveled holiday period of the year and DUI arrests are at their highest between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Impaired drivers make it a dangerous time to be on the road. Why? Because alcohol and drugs decrease your ability to drive a motor vehicle safely. The more you consume, the more you are impaired. Impaired driving alters your judgment, response time and other driving abilities so when you decide to get behind the wheel to drive, there is a higher likelihood that you will be involved in a car accident.

This general overview may help you gain a better understanding of how alcohol and drugs can affect your driving abilities.

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New Missouri Law Bans Hand-held Cell Phone Use, All Ages

New Missouri Law Bans Hand-held Cell Phone Use, All Ages

Missouri Governor Mike Parson signed a Missouri bill which bans hand-held cell phone use for all drivers while behind the wheel. That now makes Missouri the 49th state to ban texting while driving for all ages, and the 28th state to pass a hands-free law. The “Siddens Benning Hands Free Law” passed through the Missouri Legislature as part of Senate Bill 398.

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Missouri to Ban Texting and Driving for all Drivers?

Missouri to Ban Texting and Driving for all Drivers?

Missouri is one of only two states that does not ban texting and driving for all drivers. Right now, it is legal for drivers over 21 to text and drive but not for those aged 21 and younger. (Montana is the other state without a state law against texting and driving.) However, texting while driving may not be allowed much longer in Missouri.

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Safe Biking & Driving Practices

Safe Biking & Driving Practices

Biking is a popular activity in many areas, especially the Kansas City area. However, when a bicycle and a vehicle collide, the cyclist is typically the one seriously injured. We hope these bicycle safety tips will help prevent bicycle injuries.

According to the NHTSA, 1,105 bicyclists were killed in traffic crashes in 2022.

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Be a Responsible Driver This Holiday Season

Be a Responsible Driver This Holiday Season

December is a  time when many engage in drinking alcohol during the holidays. It also makes it a good time for alcohol awareness campaigns such as Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over to remind people that drinking and driving do not mix. Alcohol use impairs judgment, delays reaction times, and drunk driving can be deadly. Be a responsible driver, use these tips and drive sober.

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Five Risks for Teen Drivers

Five Risks for Teen Drivers

Five of the greatest driving dangers for teen drivers to contend with are: driving impaired, not using a seat belt, distracted driving, speeding and driving with passengers in the vehicle. What do you see wrong in the picture above?

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Road Rage Impairs Driver’s Ability to Focus on Safe Driving

Road Rage Impairs Driver’s Ability to Focus on Safe Driving

Have you ever been driving on a two-lane road, come up behind a car that is going at a slow speed and you are not able to pass? Maybe someone is driving erratically or an accident on the road has caused you unavoidable delays. These can be maddening situations. Some drivers might yell, honk the horn, or beat on the steering wheel to vent their anger. Others may escalate to road rage or aggressive driving behaviors where driving safely is no longer top of mind.

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Dangers of Fatigued Driving

Dangers of Fatigued Driving

Drowsy driving, also known as fatigued driving or driver fatigue, is a dangerous driving behavior that can result in very serious consequences.

  • Drowsy driving accounts for about 100,000 crashes annually on the roadway, 71,000 injuries, and 1,550 fatalities per year [NSC]
  • Drowsy driving contributes to an estimated 9.5% of all crashes, and 10.8% of those that involved airbag deployment [AAA]
  • Drowsy driving mimics alcohol-impaired driving -18 hours without sleep is similar to a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .05% [CDC]
  • 633 deaths from drowsy-driving related crashes in 2020 (NHTSA)

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Reduce Cell Phone Use While Driving

Reduce Cell Phone Use While Driving

Cell phones have become our go-to device while in the car. We use them to get directions, play audio, connect with others and get information. They can also be your most important device in an emergency, too. However, using a cell phone while driving takes your eyes off the road. Minimize any unnecessary usage and use your phone as safely as possible.

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Driving Safely as You Age

Driving Safely as You Age

One of the things that helps older adults retain a feeling of independence is the ability to drive a car. However, it can be challenging. As you age, you may notice physical changes that may make doing certain actions harder, slower mental reactions, or loss of vision or hearing. While it is true that many can drive safely well into their 80s and beyond, some cannot so it is important to understand how aging can affect your driving and how you can continue driving safely as you age.

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