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May 2017 Archives

Pedestrian fatalities are increasing

Minnesota pedestrians who are walking in low-income neighborhoods may be more likely to be hit by a car. This was one of the findings in both a white paper released by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center in 2016 and a report by the nonprofit Smart Growth America in 2017. Hispanics have a 50 percent higher fatality rate compared to whites, and the rate is almost twice as high for African-Americans.

Statistics in from NHTSA on 2015 motorcycle crashes

It is clear that helmets save lives during a motorcycle crash. A report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reveals that 1,772 lives were saved because of motorcycle helmet usage in 2015. Unfortunately, 4,976 people lost their lives in motorcycle crashes. While laws vary somewhat throughout the country, the helmet law in Minnesota is rather lenient because it only applies to riders 17 and younger. The state law extends to motorcycle operators with a learner's permit.

New technology to identify cell usage before a crash

As traffic accidents rise, legislators have begun looking at ways to identify the factors involved in them. Minnesota drivers are likely aware that one of the recurring factors in fatal traffic collisions is illegal cellphone usage, which is very difficult to prove. However, there is technology being developed, which, if adopted, might make this much easier on authorities.

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