Earlier this month we started to talk about ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft and California’s efforts to regulate them. (Read the post here.) Cab companies objected loudly to the state’s seemingly casual treatment of the industry’s new lower-cost competitor. One reason transportation network companies could charge their customers less is that they were not required […]read more
There are just 22 more shopping days until Christmas. It’s hard to believe, but Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, and we have now officially entered the Winter Holiday Season. For many of us, the next few weeks will be hectic, and between finding just the right gifts and office parties and holiday gatherings […]read more
Last week, we discussed how texting while driving continues to be a problem on California roads despite the state’s strict laws against it. We discussed that texting is just one of the many distractions that cause drivers to get into car accidents when their eyes and attention is focused on something other than the road. […]read more
Thanksgiving is just a little more than a week away. This is the time of year that people drive to a family member’s house, eat a large meal, socialize and drive home. Even if you don’t spend the day playing touch football or hours-long games of Risk and even if you just loll on the […]read more
A recent op-ed in the Huffington Post asked what is now an age-old question: How many times have you texted while driving in the last month? That includes the times you even looked at your messages while at a stop light or stuck in traffic on the Bay Bridge. Really, how many times? We’re not […]read more
Another sad truth for baby boomers: We just can’t hold our liquor the way we used to. A recent study showed that adults age 55 and over are more susceptible to the negative effects of alcohol than their younger counterparts, and the news poses some interesting public policy questions. The study involved 72 drivers. Half […]read more
A new study shows that the number of fatal motor vehicle crashes involving marijuana and other drugs increased dramatically during the 2000s. The results are particularly timely, considering that the movement to legalize recreational marijuana use has gained momentum in the past couple of years. However, the study is based on data from just six […]read more
Barron H. Lerner, M.D., is a professor of medicine and population health who published a book in 2011 on the history of efforts to curb drunk driving. He knows very well how difficult it was to get police and prosecutors to take drunk driving accidents seriously at first. Until the 1970s, he says, law enforcement […]read more
For a major new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from two major safety groups followed 150 drivers for 12 to 18 months using unobtrusive cameras and sensors in their vehicles. A quarter of those drivers were teens who, at the beginning of the study, had only just earned their driver’s […]read more
Happy New Year! On this last night of 2013, we all need to keep in mind how dangerous New Year’s Eve can be on California’s roads. As we discussed in our last post, the New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day period is considered the fourth most dangerous night holiday for drivers, and drunk drivers were involved […]read more
Just in time for the holidays, the international safety nonprofit the National Safety Council has issued a reminder that Christmas, New Year’s Eve and the period surrounding them make up one of the most dangerous times of year for drivers. Statistics have routinely shown a jump in serious and fatal traffic accidents around a number […]read more
Tire-manufacturer Michelin has announced a major tire recall. Approximately 1.2 million tires manufactured over a two-year period and distributed in the U.S. may have a defect that causes the tire treads to separate, resulting in rapid tire deflation. This tread separation can cause the vehicle to swerve out of control and crash. Unfortunately, these tires […]read more
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