Tag Archives: traffic safety

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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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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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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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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School’s open: tips to avoid pedestrian-car accidents this fall

According to the American Automobile Association, more than 55 million children will be heading back to school over the next couple of weeks, and around 13 percent of them will be walking or biking. Others, will be riding school buses or getting rides in cars, which means that school zones can be choked with cars…

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After a 14-year fight, truck driver fatigue rule is finally final

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy truck drivers are a serious and growing problem. Their data shows that injury accidents involving large commercial trucks rose 10 percent in 2011, and truck accidents causing fatalities were up by 2 percent. How many of those were caused…

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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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