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Distracted Driving Epidemic Prompts Law Enforcement Crackdowns

Spurred by an epidemic of distracted driving making U.S. roads and highways increasingly deadly, Michigan State Police are implementing a special crackdown on drivers who aren’t paying attention to the road. According to Flint, Michigan’s WJRT ABC 12, State Police have are testing a method of catching drivers using their smartphones or other portable electronic devices behind the wheel or engaging in any other form of distraction, such as eating, grooming, or tending to a child or pet. “Operation Ghost Rider” puts two officers in an unmarked car. One officer drives while the other officer keeps an eye out for ... Read More

Police Say Driver Lost Control of Tractor-Trailer Before Fatal Crash on Louisiana Highway

Louisiana authorities are investigating the crash of a tractor-trailer that killed the driver and another man early in the morning of Sunday, April 2. Louisiana State Troopers responded to the single-vehicle crash around 3:30 a.m. on the southbound lanes of I-49 near Washington, Louisiana, about 30 miles north of Lafayette. Troopers say the crash killed the driver John Boyd, 83, and passenger Charles Hogan, 36, both of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Neither of the men were wearing seat belts. According to WAFB Channel 9 Baton Rouge, State Police said the initial investigation led troopers to find that for reasons not yet ... Read More

Distracted walking Deaths Rising Sharply

With traffic fatalities soaring to levels not seen in more than 50 years, distracted drivers – mainly motorists with smartphones – have grabbed many of the traffic safety headlines lately. But another threat that all people should be aware of is the correlating rise in distracted pedestrian fatalities. A 2013 study published in the Journal of Safety Research, “Ambulatory cellphone injuries in the United States: An emerging national concern” found that the number of distracted-pedestrian accidents increased gradually from 2000 to 2011. The study did not focus on how many of those distracted walking accidents involved motor vehicles, but Ken ... Read More

Tractor Trailer Veers Out of Lane, Kills Three Virginia Motorists

Virginia State Police are investigating a deadly crash between a tractor trailer and a car near Charlottesville Monday morning that killed three people. State Police investigators said that Franklin Rowe, 51, was driving a tractor trailer loaded with sand down Route 15 South in Fluvanna County, Virginia, when he crossed the center line of the two-lane highway and collided with a 2005 Honda sedan traveling in the northbound lane. Mr. Rowe’s truck was traveling downhill and around a curve when the collision occurred. The impact killed Roderick V. Manifold, 69, of Lake Monticello, Virginia, his wife, Demetria B. Manifold, 69, ... Read More

NHTSA Releases Guidelines For Electronics Manufacturers Addressing Driver Distraction

Addressing an historic surge in deadly traffic crashes nationwide, federal transportation regulators have proposed guidelines for developers of portable and aftermarket electronics that aim to reduce driver distraction and promote better safety on roads. The proposed voluntary guidelines encourage electronics manufacturers and developers to implement features such as pairing, where a portable device is automatically linked to a vehicle’s infotainment system, and Driver Mode – a simplified user interface. Both pairing and a Driver Mode interface would reduce the potential for unsafe driver distraction by reducing the time a driver’s eyes are off the road while at the same time ... Read More

Judge Sends Chattanooga School Bus Crash Case To Grand Jury

Chattanooga, TN school bus crashes into tree

The driver of a Chattanooga school bus that crashed in November, killing six students and injuring 20 others, was driving up to 22 mph over the speed limit off his designated route and may have been using his cellphone at the time, a police officer investigating the accident testified in court Dec. 15. School bus driver Johnthony Walker, 24, has been charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment, and reckless driving. Authorities will also add a sixth charge of vehicular homicide for a student who later died from crash injuries. In last Thursday morning’s hearing, Hamilton County General ... Read More

Amtrak Reaches $165 Million Settlement In Deadly Philly Derailment Case

Amtrak has agreed to pay $265 million to settle claims filed by victims of high-speed derailment in Philadelphia last year that killed eight passengers and injured more than 200 others. Federal judge Legrome Davis, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, approved the agreement Thursday morning. Although it is one of the largest settlements resulting from a rail disaster, it is $30 million less than Amtrak’s $295-million liability cap for such damages. Amtrak Train 188 crashed May 12, 2015, as it entered a notoriously sharp curve with a 50-mph speed limit going 106 mph, causing several of its cars to jump the tracks ... Read More

DHL Delivery Truck Crash Injures Four Hayneville Football Players

HAYNEVILLE, ALA. – Four Lowndes Academy football players were injured Thursday afternoon when the pickup truck they were traveling in was broadsided by a delivery truck near downtown Hayneville in what may be a case of distracted driving. According to WSFA Montgomery, Lowndes Academy was not able to begin its new football season Friday because of the injured players, identified as Trevor Johnson, Zig Cannon, Christian Barkley, and Wesley Barber. Their school was scheduled to play Macon-East Friday evening. Johnson was airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, where he remains in critical condition with a traumatic brain injury. Lowndes Academy ... Read More

Truck Driver Sentenced To 20 Years For Florida School Bus Crash

The driver of an 18-wheel logging truck that slammed into the back of a school bus in Florida two years ago, injuring seven school students, was sentenced Wednesday to 20 years in prison. Shannon Ford, 37, pleaded no contest Monday to four counts of reckless driving with bodily injury. The judge gave Mr. Ford five years for each count and credit for 500 days already served. Moments before the September 2014 crash, 911 operators in Bradford County, Fla., received calls about a logging truck owned by Mo’s Trucking of Palatka, Fla., driving erratically on U.S. 441 near the town of ... Read More

Passenger Carrier Service Shut Down After Deadly Fatigue-Related Crash

A father and son who have been operating as a commercial passenger transportation team have been ordered to cease all interstate and intrastate commercial driver after federal safety regulators declared them to be an “imminent hazard to public safety.” The federal order follows a June 18 crash that left six passengers dead. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), Wenceslao Cruz Marquez and his son, Hugo Cruz operated a passenger carrier service although neither of the men possessed a commercial driver’s license. On the day of the accident, Mr. Cruz was driving a pickup truck loaded with passenger ... Read More