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February 2014 Archives

Report: Child safety recalls are currently ineffective

New parents tend to be overly cautious. They are understandably concerned about germs that might get their babies sick, food that might cause allergic reactions and anything around the house that might cause their babies injury. However, one of the most pressing hazards affecting infants and young children today is not being effectively communicated to parents, nor are parents effectively responding to this hazard.

FMCSA aims to create an alcohol and drug testing database

Most Americans are well-aware of the fact that drunk driving is both a prevalent hazard on U.S. roadways and that drunk driving crashes claim far too many lives annually, despite numerous public safety campaigns and laws that aim to keep individuals from drinking and driving. However, many Americans may not be aware that drunk, drugged and otherwise impaired driving is not just a problem among everyday drivers but it is also a problem among professional drivers.

Do commercial truck driving simulators improve road safety?

We frequently write about the fact that the approaches that federal regulators and the trucking industry take are vital to ensuring that American highways remain as safe as possible for all motorists. One of the great challenges that commercial drivers face in preventing trucking accidents is gaining valuable operating experience as novices without having to endanger other motorists as they are learning how to drive big trucks safely.

Marijuana-related fatal car accident rates are spiking

Numerous states have now legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes. Both Colorado and Washington have legalized marijuana for recreational uses, provided that consumers only possess a certain amount at a time and adhere to other restrictions. Many states do not explicitly prohibit the use of marijuana before getting behind the wheel. However, no state permits drivers to drive while impaired (DWI), no matter what substance has led to a driver’s impairment.

Disputes over the CSA continue between the FMCSA and the ATA

For years, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) has resisted the efforts of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to advance the initiatives contained within its Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) enforcement program. The FMCSA recently announced that a new study confirms that the CSA is more effective than the compliance-related program it replaced back in 2010. However, the ATA is not convinced that this conclusion is anything to brag about.

Group releases study rating Montana's highway safety laws

For several years, the influential alliance known as the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) has released an annual report on the status of state highway safety laws. This alliance of medical, public health, consumer and safety experts chooses to collaborate in order to advance an agenda of preventing car accidents and making highways all across the nation safer than they have ever been before.

Thinking about the comparative safety of electric cars

Americans who are concerned about the state of the environment are increasingly opting to purchase electric cars and electric-gas hybrid models. These cars run on little to no gasoline and therefore are better for the planet than more traditional models are. However, many people have questioned whether electric models are more likely to be involved in car accidents.

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