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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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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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2 bus accidents in 10 days in Southern California

Mass transit systems are among some of the safest modes of transportation in California. While crashes involving buses and trains may happen less frequently than crashes involving cars, the damage that can be done if and when these large vehicles are involved in an accident can be catastrophic.  One accident involving a bus and multiple…

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In national event, CHP focusing on faulty truck brakes this week

The California Highway Patrol is taking part in a focused enforcement and education event this week aimed at finding commercial vehicles with faulty or poorly maintained braking systems. The nationwide event, “Brake Safety Awareness Week,” runs through Saturday. “Our goal is to reduce the number and severity of highway collisions caused by faulty brake systems…

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What can we do to prevent bicycle accidents in SoMa neighborhood?

This year, there have already been three fatal bicycle accidents in San Francisco — all in or near the city’s South of Market neighborhood, and all involving large commercial trucks. In each case, according to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, the driver faced neither criminal charges nor traffic citations. In response — and in anticipation…

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Facebook grieves loss of beloved chef in motorcycle accident

A longtime executive chef for the Facebook organization was killed in a motorcycle accident on Monday, July 22. Facebook staff and executives, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg, remembered the 44-year-old man as an institution on the company’s Menlo Park campus who loved live and gave much of his time to volunteering. On his own Facebook page,…

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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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