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Study: Distraction-Related Bike and Pedestrian Fatalities Rising

A peek into the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System may shed light on how pervasive distracted driving is in the U.S. As we discussed on this blog in March, a survey of typical American motorists by the Centers for Disease Control found that nearly 1 in 3 drivers reported talking on…

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What Realistic Steps Can Parents Take to Curb Distracted Driving?

If you’re the parent of a teen driver, you’re probably under a lot of pressure. Teens lack experience driving, texting is an ingrained habit they consider indispensible and, well, they’re teens.  The fact that they’re teens is actually important for parents to understand. It’s not just that teens sometimes seem dead-set on doing just the…

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Forget Texting, Behind-the-Wheel ‘Selfies’ Are Even More Unsafe

While safety groups and law enforcement have been spending their time trying to convince teens not to text while they’re driving, a new and even more dangerous trend seems to be emerging: teens and young adults are apparently taking “selfies” — smart-phone self-portraits — while they’re behind the wheel. According to a recent CNN report,…

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Study: Women Text More, but Men Do It While Driving Just as Often

A couple of marketing professors at Kings College in Pennsylvania recently decided to find out how effectively the word is getting out on the dangers of texting while driving. In particular, they wanted to know whether young people were taking warnings about those dangers seriously enough to stop and, if not, whether it was resistance…

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Short sleepers may not realize they’re dangerous drowsy drivers

A new study published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention found that people who routinely sleep fewer than 8 hours a night are more likely to experience drowsiness while driving. That may not come as much of a surprise to you, but it might actually be something they themselves do not realize. Many drowsy…

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Teen driving deaths still grim but down in California, nationally

Working with the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, one insurance company just issued its second-annual analysis of fatal motor vehicle accidents among teen drivers. The new report covers the five-year period between 2007 and 2011, while last year’s report covered the five years between 2006 and 2010. The report…

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7,795 US bridges both structurally deficient and fracture critical

The Associated Press recently looked into the most recent National Bridge Inventory performed by the Federal Highway Administration and found some shocking information. Of the 607,380 bridges across the U.S. that are subject to uniform bridge inspection standards, 65,605 were categorized as “structurally deficient,” and 20,808 were considered “fracture critical.” Even more alarming, 7,795 were…

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Are you confident about your child safety seat in a car accident?

Parents go to great lengths to protect their children’s safety, and one step every parent should take is to make sure their kids are tucked away in a child safety seat whenever they’re in the car. The somewhat alarming truth, however, is that four out of five car seats are installed incorrectly or aren’t appropriate…

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Teens, listen up: 27 pct of all traffic fatalities occur in July

That’s right: a review of National Highway Traffic Safety Administration traffic fatality data from 2005 to 2011 showed that more than 27 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents happen in July. That means this month is the most dangerous time of year to be on the road, and that’s particularly true for teen drivers….

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AAA study: hands-free texting still dangerous

In a landmark research study, the American Automobile Association (AAA) proved right the fears of safety experts around the country: using hands-free technology to compose and respond to texts and emails wirelessly is just as distracting as typing them in by hand. The study used a number of different data collection methods, including interior mounted…

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