The roads in Connecticut and throughout the U.S. may be getting deadlier, according to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The cause is believed to be due to the fact that a stronger economy has encouraged more people to drive.
Beginning in 1973, the U.S. Congress required that all states adopt a maximum speed limit of 55 mph or forfeit federal highway funds. Most of the states began to increase limits when Congress relaxed the rules and later eliminated the federal 55 mph law. By 2013, the maximum speed limit in Connecticut had increased to 65 mph.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance periodically conducts brake inspections of commercial vehicles in Connecticut and across the country in Canada. While many of them are publicized, others are unannounced. Over the course of one day in May, the organization evaluated 9,524 trucks and paid special attention to their braking systems. Inspectors had to remove 1,989 trucks from service, and the majority were because of brake problems.
Drivers in Connecticut and the rest of the nation are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of marijuana. However, law enforcement officials require a device that can produce reliable results when testing for marijuana intoxication.
Congress has been asked to consider the way driverless cars are regulated in Connecticut and the whole of the United States. Advocates are urging more road testing for autonomous vehicles as well as a law that would not allow states to vary their regulations for such cars.
Connecticut residents who are deciding whether or not to reserve or purchase a Tesla electric vehicle may be interested to learn that the Model S failed the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's small overlap front test. Three other vehicles within the same class, however, were given the Top Safety Pick Plus designation by the IIHS.