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New report ranks cities that see most car accidents

The nonprofit Go Safe Labs has identified the 10 most car accident-prone cities in the U.S. Minnesota residents won't be surprised to hear that Los Angeles is on the list with 19,660 accidents occurring in 2019. The city with the highest number of accidents, though, was Houston with a total of 22,188. This was followed by Charlotte with 21,818. Texas had three cities in the top 10 -- Houston, Austin and Dallas.

Do red-light cameras improve roadway safety?

Red-light cameras popped up widely in Minnesota and across the country in the last decade, providing a way for cities and municipalities to ticket traffic violators without direct police stops. The cameras take photos of cars going through red lights, focusing on their license plates. In many cases, violators will receive a ticket in the mail. However, while the systems are generally effective in increasing revenue and catching red-light runners, they have also drawn criticism. Some say that the cameras do not decrease fatalities and serious injuries due to car accidents, while others criticized them as a revenue mechanism that does not focus on safety.

AI may be the answer to distracted driving

Minnesota residents should know that distracted driving is on the rise. While this trend is mostly due to the increasing use of smartphones and dashboard touchscreens, the truth is that anything that takes a driver's attention from the road is distracting. That includes talking with passengers, eating and changing radio stations. Distracted driving is behind nine crash-related deaths and 100 crash-related injuries every day in the U.S.

End of DST means more drowsy driving, night driving

The end of daylight saving time means an extra hour to sleep, but Minnesota residents who have to drive that day or the following day should prepare for drowsiness. The fact is that any change in one's sleep patterns can cause drowsiness, so the best thing is to go to bed at the time one normally does and then be as alert as possible the following day. Drowsiness can impair concentration and reaction times.

How can I keep kids safe on Halloween?

Halloween is a fun time for kids, but it can also be dangerous walking the streets after dark. That's why drivers must take extra precautions when driving on Halloween, as children are prone to unpredictable behavior as pedestrians. Consumer Reports offers the following advice to both drivers and trick-or-treaters to reduce the risk of a serious accident. 

Pedestrian accidents involving young children

Pedestrians of all ages face numerous threats when they walk alongside the road or try to cross the street. However, some pedestrians are especially vulnerable, such as those who are very young. From toddlers to young children, there are a number of reasons why younger pedestrians may be especially likely to be involved in an accident. Not only do some have less experience with regard to walking near traffic, but they may also spend a great deal of time near the road (especially when school is out in the summer), thereby increasing their chances of being struck by a vehicle.

How can I prepare my teen for driving?

According to Esurance, teen drivers have a 3 times higher risk of crashing when compared to adult motorists. As a result, most parents experience a bit of trepidation when their children receive their license for the first time. While you can't always prevent an accident from occurring, there are steps you can take to ensure your child is driving with safety in mind. 

What are some summer driving hazards to avoid?

While summer doesn't entail the same road hazards as winter, Minnesota motorists will still encounter quite a few risks. Knowing how to anticipate these risks, and ultimately avoid them, is the key to keeping you and other drivers safe. Travelers explains the steps you can take to stay safe on the road this summer. 

What is road rage?

Many accidents in Minnesota happen because people get impatient or upset when behind the wheel. In some cases, these incidents are due to more than just an aggravated person. They are a result of road rage. How Stuff Works defines road rage as extremely aggressive behavior that results from driving.

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