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Pilot Distraction: A Simple Error That Results In Airplane Crashes

Distraction: It’s a word we hear a lot when reading about highway accidents and incidents involving heavy machinery, but distraction is also a major safety issue concerning pilots in the general aviation community. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), 247 people were killed in 209 general aviation accidents from October 2016 through September 2017. Loss of control was the No. 1 cause of these deadly airplane crashes. The FAA defines loss of control as an unintended departure of an aircraft from controlled flight. Once a pilot loses control of the aircraft, the problem quickly develops into a stall or ... Read More

Traffic Fatalities Rise Again in 2016

Traffic fatalities in the U.S., already at a 50-year high, leaped again last year dramatically, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Traffic data collected from all 50 states and the District of Columbia show that 37,461 people were killed on U.S. highways and roads in 2016, an increase of 5.6 percent from 2015, NHTSA reported. Part of the rise in traffic fatalities can be attributed to a corresponding leap in the number of vehicle miles traveled on U.S. roads in 2016. According to NHTSA, vehicle miles traveled increased by 2.2 percent last year, resulting in about 1.18 deaths per ... Read More

Tractor-trailer drivers, other motorists under closer police observation Oct. 15-21

Drivers of tractor-trailer s, commercial buses, passenger cars, and other vehicles will fall under closer scrutiny by law enforcement next week as part of Operation Safe Driver Week – an annual safety effort organized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. From October 15-21, law enforcement agencies across North America will ramp up traffic safety enforcement and educational efforts targeting unsafe driving behaviors by both commercial motor vehicle and passenger-vehicle drivers. The effort will be held not just across the United States, but in Canada and Mexico as well. Law enforcement authorities will be on the lookout for speeding, distracted driving, texting ... Read More

New Technology Helps Teen Drivers Become Safe Drivers

It’s a day parents around the country face with at least a little trepidation and anxiety: the day your teenager is licensed to drive. But thanks to a new app called Family Link offered by General Motors and Ford, parents can monitor, restrict, and control some aspects of their teen driver’s behavior behind the wheel.  It’s like having driving tutor accompany your teen driver. Maybe even better. According to ABC7 Chicago, the new technology allows parents to communicate remotely with the specially equipped vehicles to program seat belt use, speed and radio volume. Parents can set boundaries for their teen ... Read More

Texting Behind the Wheel Now Illegal in Texas

Texas, long a holdout in adopting anti-distraction laws that have been the rule of law in most other states, now has a texting and driving ban. As of Friday, Sept. 1, anyone caught texting behind the wheel in Texas could be hit with a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of at least $25 but no more than $99, the Waxahachie Daily Light reported. Drivers whose texting behind the wheel caused a crash resulting in serious bodily injury or death will be charged with a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by fines up to $4,000 and one year ... Read More

‘Textalyzer’ Could Help Cops Confirm Texting and Driving Violations

Texting and driving has often been compared to drinking and driving, and now law enforcement authorities could soon be equipped with a “textalyzer” to gauge whether a driver was texting in the moments before a crash, similar to the way a breathalyzer can determine how much a motorist has been drinking. In April, a technology company called Cellebrite demonstrated a textalyzer device for lawmakers in New York, where legislation is being considered that would require motorists to turn their phones over to police to determine whether there was any texting activity or other form of distraction in play at the ... Read More

Deadly Car Crashes Leave Nine Dead in Blount County, Alabama

Another deadly car crash in north-central Alabama claimed the lives of a Locust Fork woman and two children Wednesday, May 24 – the latest car crash victims in a series of collisions that have occurred in Blount County in a span of 10 days. According to AL.com, Alabama State Troopers said that a 2007 Jeep Cherokee driven by a 16-year-old Blountsville teenage boy left its lane on Alabama 79 at 9:33 a.m. and veered into the path of a Cadillac SRX. The head-on collision killed 47-year-old Locust Fork resident Deanna Whitfield and two of her granddaughters. One of the granddaughters, ... Read More

Tractor-trailer Crash Kills Four on Indiana Highway

Indiana State Police say four people are dead after a tractor-trailer failed to slow for traffic and struck a passenger vehicle and another truck near Terre Haute Saturday, May 13. Terre Haute’s Tribune-Star reports that the tractor-trailer was traveling east on Interstate 70 west of Terre Haute when traffic in the eastbound lanes started to slow because of an active fire, reportedly from a tractor-trailer brake fire, along the highway. Just before 5 p.m., the tractor-trailer failed to slow down and slammed into the back of a Toyota car, pushing it into the back of a flatbed trailer and causing ... Read More

Distracted Driver Numbers ‘Overwhelming,’ Idaho Deputy Says

Sheriff’s deputies in Kootenai County, Idaho, told a local paper that the number of distracted drivers on the road is “overwhelming” and expressed their frustration over the difficulties of nabbing drivers who text, apply makeup, look at maps, and do other things that steal their attention from the road. Like other law enforcement authorities throughout the U.S., Kootenai Sheriff’s deputies use an unmarked car to patrol for distracted drivers. When a suspected violator is spotted, the deputy radios the information to deputies in marked cruisers to make a traffic stop. Using this method, the deputies pulled over more than 25 ... Read More

Driver In Deadly Texas Church Bus Crash Left Lane At Least 56 Times

A new report on the church bus crash that killed 13 people on a Texas highway March 29 found the pickup truck driver who caused the crash crossed the center line 19 times and veered off onto the shoulder 37 times. In a preliminary report on the crash published May 4, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) cites a 14-minute video taken by witnesses prior to the crash in establishing the pickup truck driver’s reckless driving. The report says the video shows the pickup driver, who was previously identified by other sources as 20-year-old Jack Dillon Young, cross completely over ... Read More