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Garbage truck hits, kills pedestrian

Oklahoma has some of the most beautiful scenery in country, scenery that is best enjoyed on a nice walk. And many Oklahomans love to take a nice stroll through the neighborhood, get some exercise or run errands. Unfortunately, that can often mean crossing busy streets and dealing with distracted drivers, people who are driving drunk and others who just aren't paying attention. Here's the problem: when it's a one and a half ton vehicle versus a pedestrian, the one and a half ton vehicle always wins and the pedestrian always loses.

One man, one night, two drunk driving arrests

Sometimes we ride with a driver who does not practice defensive driving and indeed we have probably all been guilty of relaxing our guard just enough while driving, assuming other drivers were practicing the same caution as we were. And then you come across a story like this and it erases any shadow of a doubt.

Oklahoma motorcycle accident claims one life

Riding a motorcycle can be one of the most exhilarating, freeing experiences that life can offer. But that openness is also what makes riding a motorcycle so dangerous. In an accident, the motorcyclist has almost no protection whatsoever and can be thrown violently to the pavement, often resulting in catastrophic injuries and even death. That's why it's important for other drivers to keep a special eye out for motorcyclists with whom they share the road.

The ‘100 deadliest days of summer’ are here

AAA refers to the stretch of days between Memorial Day and Labor Day as the “100 deadliest days of summer” because fatal car accidents tend to increase, especially involving teens.

AAA Oklahoma reported that improvements to the state’s Graduated Driver License (GDL) laws and other factors have resulted in fewer fatalities involving teens on the state’s roadways, but car accidents are still the leading cause of death for this demographic.

The aftermath of a drunk driving accident

There are certain things that can cause a person's life to be turned completely upside-down in an instant. One such thing is being the victim of a drunk driving crash.

When a person, while driving, cycling or walking, is struck by a drunk driver, their life can be changed in vast range of ways.  

Will this summer be particularly deadly on the roads?

A recent study by the National Safety Council indicates that the U.S. has been experiencing a worrisome traffic safety trend as of recent. This trend is an increase in traffic fatalities.

According to the study, the country's traffic fatality total for the period going from October 2014 to March 2015 was 17,820. This a fair degree higher than the total from October 2013 to March 2014, which was 16,531.

How safe are Oklahoma's rural roads?

A recent report on rural roads in America issued by the organization TRIP raises some serious questions when it comes to some important matters regarding rural roads here in Oklahoma.

One such matter is how safe rural roads are in the state. There are a couple of alarming things the report found when it comes to the fatality rate on rural roads here in Oklahoma. For one, it found that this rate was nearly three times larger than the fatality rate for other roads in the state. It also found that, when compared with other states, Oklahoma's rural road fatality rate was the 10th highest in the nation.

In many states, rain deadlier than snow out on the roads

Weather conditions can sometimes pose some very serious hazards out on the roads for drivers. In some instances, adverse weather conditions contribute to auto crashes. Sadly, sometimes, weather-related traffic crashes end up taking lives. It is estimated that weather-related auto accidents are responsible for around 7,000 deaths a year here in the United States. 

When it comes to hazardous weather conditions, a lot of attention is often focused on snow. However, a recent report indicates that, in most of the country, rain actually takes more lives out on the roads than snow does. 

Texting-while-driving bill signed into law in Oklahoma

There are many types of conduct that Oklahoma law expressly bans drivers from engaging in when they are driving in the state. Later this year, texting while driving will be among these types of conduct.

This is due to something that happened this week. Yesterday, the state's governor signed a bill containing a texting-while-driving ban (House Bill 1965) into law. The ban will go into effect on Nov. 1 of this year.

Drunk driving and the economy

Reductions in drunk driving crashes are pretty much always an incredibly encouraging trend. Such reductions can have many benefits. Some of the benefits are pretty obvious, such as that reductions in such accidents could mean that less people are being exposed to the possibility of suffering life-changing injuries at the hands of a drunk driver. Such reductions can also have some less apparent potential benefits. For example, a recent study indicates that reductions in drunk driving crashes may have some very positive economic effects.

The study looked at alcohol-involved crashes in the U.S. in the period between 1984 and 2010. The study found that such accidents trended significantly downward during this period.

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