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Study: Distracted drivers are a threat to first responders

Another distracted driving study, this time conducted by the National Safety Council in association with the Emergency Responder Safety Institute, has revealed that drivers in New Jersey and around the country are quick to criticize others for behavior they regularly engage in themselves. While 89 percent of the motorists surveyed said distracted drivers pose a major threat to the safety of first responders, a worrying 71 percent of them admitted to researchers that they slow down to take photographs or shoot videos of traffic stops and accident scenes.

New bill may allow police to use controversial "textalyzer"

New Jersey residents may remember that in 2017, the New York legislature proposed a bill that would have allowed the use of "textalyzers," devices that scan a person's phone to check for activity. That bill was dropped, but the Nevada legislature has proposed a similar measure for its police.

Crash risk rises as drivers use phones less for talking

While drivers in New Jersey and across the U.S. continue to use their phones behind the wheel, what they use them for is changing. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety studied observational surveys in 2014 and 2018 of drivers who approached or were stopped at red lights in four Northern Virginia communities, and the results of that study are as follows.

Winter holidays may be accompanied by serious injuries

The winter holidays often accompany significant legal issues for many people in New Jersey. Every year, the winter season sparks a number of disputes, many of which end up in court or at an attorney's office. There are many factors that contribute to the upsurge in legal issues around the end of the year, and one of the most prominent is the drinking associated with holiday revelry. New Year's Eve events are often accompanied by substantial alcohol consumption and may give rise to personal injury complaints, even for people who are not involved in partying themselves.

How drivers in New Jersey can prepare for winter

To prepare for the challenges that winter brings, drivers should consider the following tips. The first is to have a properly winterized car. Mechanics could check the tires for wear and bring them to the right pressure. They could also check antifreeze levels as well as the most important vehicle components, including the battery, brakes, ignition, spark plugs and filters. Next, drivers should be aware of their car's safety features.

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