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Oklahoma School Bus Crash Kills 3 People, Including Middle School Girl

Oklahoma authorities investigating a school bus crash that killed a middle school student and two others Saturday night say the crash may have been caused by a drunk driver. The fatal crash occurred near the town of Bowlegs in central Oklahoma when an SUV tried to pass the school bus on Highway 377. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the SUV was traveling in the northbound lane of the two-lane highway and entered the southbound lane to pass another vehicle. The school bus, traveling in the southbound lane, swerved into the northbound lane to avoid the SUV. At the same ... Read More

AAA Report: Drowsy Driving As Bad or Worse Than Drunk Driving

Most drivers know that drinking and driving can result in serious injury or death, thanks to the work of groups such as M.A.D.D. and other public safety advocates. But very few realize that sleep deprivation, even at seemingly minimal levels, can be just as dangerous behind the wheel as drinking. According to a new report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers who miss just one to two hours of the recommended seven-hour sleep cycle in a 24-hour period nearly double at risk of crashing. The risk of crashing more than quadruples when drivers miss between two and three ... Read More

Alcohol, Distraction Blamed For Soaring rate of fatal car crashes in Texas

The number of fatal car crashes has risen in Texas for the sixth consecutive year, and authorities say alcohol and distracted driving are to blame. According to the Insurance Council of Texas, there were 3,400 fatal traffic accidents on Texas highways in 2016, and 175,000 accidents resulting in injuries. The number of fatal crashes is now more than 20 percent higher than it was just six years ago. In fact, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) shows that Texas had the highest number of traffic deaths of any state in 2015. Alarmingly, the rise in deadly traffic ... Read More

Feds Order Tennessee Truck Driver Off The Road After Deadly Crash

Federal traffic safety regulators have ordered a Tennessee commercial truck driver to cease driving after an investigation of a fatal crash in Maine turned up multiple safety violations. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) deemed driver Randall Weddle an imminent hazard to public safety – a measure the agency takes when it believes a driver is too dangerous to allow behind the wheel of a large truck. The order for him to cease operating was issued on June 22. According to the FMCSA, Mr. Weddle was driving a tractor trailer for Tennessee-based R&E Logistics Inc. on March 18. While ... Read More

Follow these tips for Spring Break road trip safety

Spring Break is, without a doubt, one of the most anticipated holidays for students and families across the country. Plans may include a vacation to the beach, a long road trip, or simply relaxing with friends. Preparation can make all the difference between your best Spring Break or your worst Spring Break. Rarely does a Spring Break occur without some sort of road trip involved. Before you and your family or friends hit the road, take a few precautions into consideration: Ensure the vehicle being taken on the trip has received routine maintenance. Have the car inspected one last time before a long ... Read More

Labor Day weekend: Law enforcement agencies partner to eliminate traffic fatalities

The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates 395 people will be killed and an additional 42,300 will be injured in car crashes during the Labor Day holiday weekend. In order to best protect the public on the roadways, the Department of Transportation’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign will help law enforcement agencies across the nation ramp up safety protocols during the Labor Day weekend. The NSC officially defines the Labor Day weekend period beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, and ending at 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 1. Deborah A.P. Hersman, President and CEO of NSC, says, ... Read More

DOT’s annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign kicks off during the end of summer

Drunk drivers are about to receive their annual crackdown from numerous law enforcement officials and safety advocates with the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) Labor Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. This year’s theme will dive deeper into the personal and economic costs of the actions of drunk drivers. New statistics in the 2014 NHTSA report indicate that alcohol-impaired accidents take the life of one individual every 51 minutes. In 2010, drunk drivers cost the United States a grand total of $47 billion in direct economic charges. If the report counts the impact to ... Read More

NHTSA’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Targets Drunk Drivers During The Holiday Season

The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood recently joined with local law enforcement officers, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the Governors Highway Safety Association to begin their annual holiday campaign in order to address the issue of drunk driving.  During this event, NHTSA released new state-by-state drunk driving statistics from 2011, revealing that 9,878 people were killed in drunk driving crashes and 395 of those crashes occurred in the second half of December alone. “The holiday season can be an especially dangerous time on our nation’s roadways due to ... Read More

Trucker blamed for fiery Chicago train crash had 50-plus traffic citations

The driver of a semi truck who allegedly caused a collision with a Chicago commuter train Friday had more than 50 traffic citations on his driving record, including a drunken-driving arrest, but still retained his commercial driver’s license, the Chicago Tribune reported. Kazimierz Karasek, 59, the self-employed owner / operator of a semi truck, was hauling a load of cement when he came to a railroad crossing in Mount Prospect. According to witnesses, Mr. Karasek ignored the illuminated no-turn sign and warning lights at the crossing rather than wait, and drove around the closed gates. The cab of his truck ... Read More

NYC police arrest tour bus driver for pedestrian’s death

A Philadelphia man is dead after being struck by a tour bus in a New York City crosswalk, and the driver of the bus has been charged with driving while intoxicated and vehicular manslaughter. The tour bus was carrying about 40 tourists on a sightseeing excursion back to their hotels in Newark, New Jersey, when the incident occurred just before 10 p.m. Saturday night. Authorities said that the bus was turning left onto Ninth Ave. from 47th Street when the rear of vehicle struck Timothy White, 29, dragging him for several yards before a witness was able to flag the ... Read More