In Los Angles, a city known for its freeways and traffic congestion, finding an easy way to get from one place to another is key. While some people may rely on public transportation, or specific driving routes, other people prefer to use their own body as transportation. These walkers and bikers have become more and more numerous as gas prices have soared and congestion has thickened.
According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 48,000 people suffered injuries from bike accidents in 2013. Furthermore, 743 people died from bicycle accidents during the same year. These numbers are largely unchanged since 2001 when 45,000 biking injuries occurred and 732 people died in riding accidents. Given that biking is a popular means of exercise and transportation amongst people in Orange County, what can they do to make it safer?
New products constantly make their way into the marketplace, where consumers ultimately determine their success by either buying the new products or leaving them on the shelf. Many products that Orange County residents buy are commercially successful because they make life easier or solve some kind of common problem. A refrigerator, for example, keeps food cold and prevents spoilage. On the other hand, some products merely satisfy consumer desire.
Many people know that drinking and driving is not a good mix. They understand that it is against the law to have a few too many drinks and then get behind the wheel of a car. However, many drivers in Orange County probably don't really understand the physiological effects of drinking. It is these effects that can make it so dangerous to drive after having just a few alcoholic beverages.