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Latest Distracted Driving Study: Risk Highest for Novice Drivers

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…

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Reminder: Christmas to New Year’s Among Riskiest Driving Periods

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…

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Motorcycle Wrecks a Top Cause of Non-War Deaths Among US Military

Part of the job of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center, or AFHSC, is to keep track of illnesses and injuries suffered by members of the U.S. military. In a study just published in its peer-reviewed journal, the group noted an alarming new trend. Between 1999 and 2012, military service members were increasingly dying in…

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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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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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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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