A West Virginia man accused of driving drunk and fleeing the scene of a deadly January 2016 accident has pleaded guilty to two charges, reports indicate. Sentencing is set for February, and the man faces up to two decades in prison after admitting to leaving the scene of an accident and DUI causing death, both felonies.
Motorists who travel the roadways of West Virginia and other states across the nation may want to know about the possible dangers of using the Snapchat speed filter while behind the wheel. Following a number of incidents involving excessive speed, catastrophic injuries and loss of life, news reports suggest that the appealing, what-I-am-doing-in-the-moment application may actually encourage dangerous driving.
Every year, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance mounts the Operation Safe Driver Week to help encourage safer driving practices on the roads throughout West Virginia and across the U.S. The enforcement program is designed to lower the number of injuries and fatalities that involve commercial vehicles. This involves issuing citations to both commercial and private passenger motorists.
West Virginia residents have probably heard many warnings about the dangers of drunk or distracted driving. Though drowsy driving gets less attention, it can be just as dangerous. On Dec. 6, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a study on the dangers of driving while exhausted. According to the study, crash rates go up significantly among drivers who get less than seven hours of sleep.
The truck driving industry in West Virginia and the rest of the nation is likely to see major changes, according to the American Transportation Research Institute. The advent of autonomous trucks will spur major regulatory changes, infrastructure updates and better safety and efficiency.