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National Campaign Against Auto Theft

This month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is working to remind motorists of the threat of vehicle theft. In 2019, nearly 750,000 vehicles were reported stolen throughout the United States. The NHTSA estimates that approximately half of those thefts could have been prevented if the owners had taken precautions. The cost of stolen vehicles that same year was around $6 billion. 

Teen Drivers Targeted in New Safety Campaign

The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) recently released a new series of videos aimed at educating teens about safe driving habits. The series is called “Did You Know?” and it can be found at: www.gosafelyca.org. The campaign seeks to decrease the number of accidents involving teen drivers throughout our state.

Coast Guard Reports on Boating Fatalities

According to the United States Coast Guard, there were 767 reported boating fatalities in the U.S. during 2020. This number represents slightly more than a 25% increase from the previous year. This information was contained within a Coast Guard report that looked at boating incidents that resulted in at least one of the following: 

Curves Ahead

Advanced driver assistance technologies such as adaptive cruise control (ACC) and other more advanced partially automated vehicle systems can be thrown off by literal curves in the road. This puts a limit on the systems’ ability to increase road safety, according to a recent study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)

CHP to Team Up With Other Agencies

Officials from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Headquarters, located in Sacramento, issued a press release that they will be partnering with 11 other agencies, including state patrols, highway patrols, and state police forces to form the Western States Traffic Safety Coalition. This safety campaign will be focused on giving drivers “a dozen reasons not to speed.” 

Give Your Bike a Pre-Ride Checkup

No matter how many years of experience they have behind the handlebars, most motorcycle riders know that there is a risk every time they embark on a road trip. There are many critical elements involved with riding safely. Before you even start a trip there are things you can do to help set the odds in your favor. These pre-ride tips also could save maintenance and repair costs in the long run. 

New IIHS Study Looks at Rising Crash Rates

A new study shows that car crash rates rise when states pass laws that legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The following states saw an increase in the number of crashes following the legalization of retail sales and recreational use of marijuana:

Neighborhood Speeding Causes Many Complaints

One of the top complaints received by city officials is that people are speeding on residential roads. Many motorists exceed the 25 mph residential speed limit. That includes all types of drivers – commuters, neighborhood residents, and young drivers. People who live in the neighborhood may exceed the speed limit because they know the roads well and find them comfortable and familiar. They also may use known shortcuts through the neighborhood, bringing them past other residents who notice their speed. While the issue of neighborhood speeding is a common problem, it does not have one easy solution. Below we will look at some ways to address speeding in residential areas. 

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