Drunk-driving, reckless driving, driver error and over-speeding (as well as driving too slowly) are listed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or NHTSA as the top causes of motor vehicle accidents on US roads every day. From the five million car crashes recorded annually, more than two million individuals suffer injury, while another 35,000 lose their lives.
NHTSA reports also show that usual traffic violators, as well as usual victims of fatal car crashes, are young drivers, whose ages range between 17 and 24. Studies show that while young drivers, mostly students, are aware of traffic laws and would not want to share the road with traffic violators, they, themselves, are guilty of violating traffic rules when asked about specific road behavior, such as driving under the influence (DUI), texting while driving, speeding, and so forth. These same drivers expressed confident control of the wheel, though, despite the violation, which they said were still safe, based on their own standards.
With the intent of curbing the number of car accidents, which always cause property damages, injuries and/or death, the NHTSA has become stricter in the enforcement of road safety laws; it has also passed new laws, such as the anti-texting-while-driving. In some states ban has, likewise, been imposed on the use of any type of text-based communications on mobile devices, such as computers and phones, which are used to send text or email messages. This anti-texting-while-driving is aimed at discouraging any act that would cause distraction – a serious threat to pedestrians, other motorists and all others on the road.
Another law intended at limiting the chances of DUI among teenage drivers is the Zero Tolerance Law, which prohibits those under the age of 21 to drink and drive. Minors who will be caught violating this law are bound to have their driving privileges immediately suspended, as well as suffer the harsh punishments imposed in their state.