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Driving the wrong way with Snapchat

Snapchat has garnered attention among social media users in Michigan and around the country. However, its speed filter app has attracted more attention when it was mentioned in several news reports. Two young people died in a fatal car crash after using the Snapchat speed filter to showcase their escapade. Unfortunately, what was planned to be a display of their race with time, turned out to be their final performance. The video that was posted online showed how the driver navigated the vehicle beyond the speed limit. The vehicle charged down the highway accelerating quickly from 82.6 mph to 115.6 mph.

Crash rates increase when drivers are drowsy

Sleep deprivation appears to correlate to an increased risk of crashing a car, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Michigan residents may be aware that getting an insufficient number of hours of sleep each day has been previously linked to depression and weight gain, but following a report released on Dec. 6, traffic safety officials are warning that motorists are not yet fully cognizant of the dangers that are inherent in drowsy driving.

Some states are more dangerous for motorists than others

Michigan residents may know that the number of traffic fatalities decreased in 2014 in the United States. This may be due to the fact that designs for roads have been improved and safety measures added to help avoid accidents. However, in some states, the numbers of traffic fatalities are still considerably higher than in others.

How to Stay Safe on the Road this Winter

There's no doubt about it: winter driving can be stressful. Between frozen windshield wipers, impaired visibility, and icy road conditions, even the most skilled road warrior must confront weather-related elements beyond their control-each of which increases the risk of a serious car accident or fatality. Believe it or not, however, messy winter driving conditions don't present the most dangerous driving situation when it comes to serious and fatal car accidents.

Fatal car accidents spike on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a joyful holiday for many families in Michigan. However, it can also be a dangerous day of the year that kicks off a season full of heart attacks, flu outbreaks and car accidents. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the death rate in the U.S. rises significantly during the holiday and remains high throughout the rest of the winter.

Teen girl killed in possible drunk driving accident

A 17-year-old girl in Michigan was killed in a three-car collision on Nov. 13. The crash took place at 3:40 p.m. in Alpine Township. A 39-year-old man was driving a Ford Taurus westbound on 6 Mile Road when he failed to stop at a stop sign and hit a Pontiac Montana that was traveling northbound on Fruit Ridge Avenue. The initial collision pushed the Pontiac into the path of a southbound Chevrolet Silverado.

Behaviors associated with aggressive driving

Michigan officials may find it difficult to track aggressive driving clearly because there are so many scenarios in which it could be an issue in a subsequent accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration monitors details related to accidents on the nation's roadways, and the agency notes this difficulty in quantifying aggression-related incidents. However, the agency also estimates that more than 55 percent of fatality accidents between 2003 and 2007 involved aggressive driving.

Reducing the risk of car accidents for teens

Teeenagers die in traffic accidents far too frequently in Michigan and around the country. As the most inexperienced drivers, they are three times likelier to be killed in motor vehicle collisions than are people of other age groups. Parents can take steps to encourage safe driving practices and to help their teenagers to avoid accident involvement.

Transportation Department plans to reduce vehicle crashes

Deaths from motor vehicle accidents are on the rise throughout the country. In 2015, there was a traffic fatality increase of 7.2 percent compared to the previous year. Preliminary estimates for the first half of 2016 show another increase of 9 percent compared to the same period in 2015. This surge in fatalities has prompted the Department of Transportation to release a traffic safety plan that's designed to make the roads safer in Michigan and throughout the country.

Fatal car accidents on the rise for the first time in years

Drivers, passengers, pedestrians and others on the roads in Michigan and throughout the country might be more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than in previous years. According to experts, more jobs and lower fuel prices mean more people driving. This increased road use has resulted in the largest one-year hike in fatalities since 1966.

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