Jeffrey E. Johnston

September 2018 Archives

Help protect your college-aged child avoid substance abuse

Many college students, as they experience less parental control, act rashly and dangerously. Drugs and alcohol have proven to significantly alter the performance and emotional health of college students across the United States. Yet students continue to abuse substances on a regular basis while parents watch helplessly.

5 steps to take after a car accident

Car accidents happen frequently, and the outcomes are oftentimes tragic. Everyone is bound to experience a crash – major or minor – at least once in their lifetime. Whether it’s your first incident, or a repeat, there are certain steps to take to protect yourself down the road, which includes:

Report links mobile phone use to rise in traffic accidents

Practically every motorist in Georgia has either seen another driver using a smartphone or is guilty of the behavior themselves. The increase in smartphone ownership has produced a rise in traffic accidents, according to a study from the vehicle management company Motus. The company's research about distracted driving examined the mobile workforce. These workers either use company vehicles for their jobs or drive their personal vehicles while working.

Humans may be more dangerous than autonomous vehicles

At some point, it is likely that self-driving cars will be prevalent on Georgia roads. However, research has found that humans will still pose a risk even when they are available for use. According to a study, there were 38 incidents involving vehicles driving themselves in California between 2014 and 2018. A human was responsible for causing 37 of them to happen. Another 24 incidents occurred while an autonomous vehicle was operational but not moving.

Prescription drugs account for large number of Georgia arrests

When people think of drug charges, many people assume illegal drugs like marijuana. However, many possession of drug charges deal with prescription drugs that were legally issued by a medical professional. In Georgia, prescription drugs are involved in many substance seizures by law enforcement.

Study looks at teen drivers' risk education program in Texas

Georgia residents with teenage children who are unsafe drivers may be looking into a drivers' risk education program. A Baylor University study shows that those programs with realistic, interactive elements are much more effective at making teens more aware of the dangers of certain driving behaviors. Researchers came to their conclusion after analyzing the Texas Reality Education for Drivers program.

Roundabouts can help reduce serious injury crashes

People in Georgia who drive on rural roads may encounter surprisingly dangerous circumstances at certain intersections. Because more rural roads have less traffic than urban or suburban streets, speed limits may be higher, and intersections have fewer controls. For example, some rural streets come together with only a stop sign despite having speed limits of up to 55 mph. The likelihood of a car accident can be increased when visibility is lowered at night, in poor weather or when vegetation is overgrown.

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