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CHP partners with feds for anti-drunk driving campaign

Driving while intoxicated is one of the most common causes of serious and fatal car accidents in California. Sadly, it is also one of the most preventable. Hundreds of lives could be saved in California every year if drivers would take responsibility and refuse to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. This summer, California…

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Aging drivers pose safety hazard on California roads

With over 24 million licensed drivers in the state, the California Department of Motor Vehicles has been working hard to identify ways to reduce car accident rates. In part, they are doing this by taking steps to address the risks that come with a large population of aging drivers. Napa County’s older population actually ranks…

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California to relax ban on texting while driving

Texting while driving is a major cause of distracted-driving accidents. Indeed, sending text messages while driving leads to so many car accidents that the practice has been completely banned in the state of California. Starting next year, though, there will be an exception to this rule. The California Legislature recently passed a law that would…

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Study: drowsy driving just as bad as drunk driving

Drowsy driving is just as bad as drunk driving, according to a recent study. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, concludes that both drunk and sleepy drivers are twice as likely to be involved in vehicle accidents. The study used driver questionnaires, police reports and other data to determine the state of…

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Federal distracted driving crackdown coming to California

Most California drivers have probably heard of the “Click it or Ticket” campaign designed to reduce fatal accident rates by getting motorists to wear their seatbelts. The program is widely regarded as having had a huge impact on highway safety. Now, the U.S. Department of Transportation is working with California officials to implement a similar…

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Should California ban hands-free cellphone use?

In 2008, the state of California banned drivers from making calls with handheld cellphones. Recently, researchers at the California Office of Traffic Safety conducted a study into the law’s effectiveness. The results were striking – while overall traffic deaths have fallen by 22 percent since the law was enacted, fatal accidents involving hand-held cellphones have…

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Top 5 tips for rainy weather driving safety

Once again, April showers have made their way to San Francisco. While the wet weather does wonders in bringing those May flowers to life, it can present safety risks for Bay Area drivers. Rainstorms, especially big ones, have the propensity to create slippery roads, low-visibility conditions and other hazards that could lead to San Francisco…

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NHTSA proposes new rules to curb distracted driving

Last year, more than 3,000 Americans were killed in distracted driving accidents. Much of the discussion around distracted driving car accidents has focused on the role of cellphones and other handheld devices. In response, many states have passed laws either banning or restricting the use of handheld mobile devices. California, for its part, prohibits texting…

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