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Government speeds research on systems to prevent drunk drivers from operating cars

Government speeds research on systems to prevent drunk drivers from operating cars | Atlanta Trial Attorney  Road SafetyNews; | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON - The government is speeding up research on safety systems that automatically prevent drivers from operating their cars if they are drunk or aren't buckled properly.
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New operating systems will prevent drunk drivers from operating vehicles.  No seat belt=no gas.

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Law enforcement agencies take to streets to encourage pedestrian, bicycle safety

Law enforcement agencies take to streets to encourage pedestrian, bicycle safety | Atlanta Trial Attorney  Road SafetyNews; | Scoop.it
Law enforcement agencies throughout Broward County are rallying to help reduce the number of traffic crashes and fatalities involving pedestrians and bicyclists through the "Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow" initiative
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Roadblocks remain for autonomous cars

Roadblocks remain for autonomous cars | Atlanta Trial Attorney  Road SafetyNews; | Scoop.it
Ninety percent of car crashes are preventable. As it stands, about 30,000 people die in car crashes every year in the United States, said Mark Kopko of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation [PennDOT]. “If you could reduce that by 90 percent, that’s huge.” Autonomous cars have the capacity to do that. In Allegheny County, that could mean a vast reduction in the roughly 12,000 crashes in 2014 — especially of those attributed to driver error, like drunk or distracted driving and speeding.
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'Distracted Driving' Enforcement Operation | Patch

'Distracted Driving' Enforcement Operation | Patch | Atlanta Trial Attorney  Road SafetyNews; | Scoop.it
Mill Valley, CA - On Friday, expect to see extra officers on the streets.
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Victims identified in I-75 triple fatal accident

Victims identified in I-75 triple fatal accident | Atlanta Trial Attorney  Road SafetyNews; | Scoop.it
ATLANTA --  The names of the victims killed in an early-morning triple fatal accident in the northbound lanes of Interstate 75 North have been released.
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Tough roads ahead: Tragic wrecks highlight highway dangers

Tough roads ahead: Tragic wrecks highlight highway dangers | Atlanta Trial Attorney  Road SafetyNews; | Scoop.it
Warren Buckley has felt pain, physically and emotionally, since a May 24 wreck changed his life forever.
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City out green-striped, buffered bike lanes to create a safe cycling environment

City out green-striped, buffered bike lanes to create a safe cycling environment | Atlanta Trial Attorney  Road SafetyNews; | Scoop.it
Greeley has joined the growing national trend of green-marked bike lanes, bringing increased visibility and safety to municipal traffic systems.Last week, crews painted new, buffered bike lanes, bearing the
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Tanker to remain on side of GA 400 following crash with... | www.wsbtv.com

Tanker to remain on side of GA 400 following crash with... | www.wsbtv.com | Atlanta Trial Attorney  Road SafetyNews; | Scoop.it
Emergency crews have removed a tanker truck to the side of GA.
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Eagle firefighter recovering from traumatic head injury

Eagle firefighter recovering from traumatic head injury | Atlanta Trial Attorney  Road SafetyNews; | Scoop.it
EAGLE -- An Eagle firefighter is struggling to overcome a traumatic brain injury from a car accident. It happened in late August in Owyhee County.
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Larger Fines Curb Distracted Driving Accidents, Deaths

Larger Fines Curb Distracted Driving Accidents, Deaths | Atlanta Trial Attorney  Road SafetyNews; | Scoop.it
To let drivers know that the authorities are serious in dealing with distracted driving, a legislation was set in place as of September 1. It includes heavier sanctions and penalties for law-breakers.
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Two children killed in Clayton County wreck

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Clayton County police are investigating a wreck that left two children dead Tuesday, Officer Hal Weiner told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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Ask a trooper: Increased fine for texting and driving

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Q: Can you talk about the new increased fine for texting and driving?

A: Drivers who repeatedly choose texting over safety while behind the wheel risk a higher fine for violating the law. Under the new enhanced law, drivers face a $225 fine for second and subsequent violations of the texting whil...
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Average US vehicle age hits record 11.5 years

Average US vehicle age hits record 11.5 years | Atlanta Trial Attorney  Road SafetyNews; | Scoop.it
DETROIT (AP) — In the age of Apple's CarPlay, a lot of cars on the road still have tape decks.The average vehicle in the U.S. is now a record 11.5 years old, according to consulting firm IHS Automotive, a sign of the increased reliability of today's vehicles and the lingering impact of the sharp drop in new car sales during the recession.Drivers behind the wheel of older cars aren't enjoying some of the latest advanced safety features or infotainment systems that effectively turn cars into cellphones on wheels. Then again, they don't have to worry about hackers finding their way in to the car's computer network through the cassette or CD player.IHS said U.S. registrations grew to a record 257.9 million cars and trucks, up 2 percent from a year earlier.The average age of vehicles has been climbing steadily since IHS began tracking the number in 2002. As quality and reliability have improved, people have been holding on to their cars and trucks for longer. The average length of ownership for a new vehicle is now almost 6.5 years, IHS said. For a used vehicle, it's five years.Cars and trucks now have the same average age, says Mark Seng, IHS Automotive's global aftermarket practice leader. For many years, cars had shorter lifespans than trucks, but their quality has now caught up.Experts say there's no rule for how long to hold on to an old car or truck. A car with good reliability can go for 200,000 miles or more, which can easily last a decade for some motorists, says Doug Love, a spokesman for Consumer Reports.The magazine doesn't recommend driving older cars without two key safety features introduced more than a decade ago: electronic stability control and side curtain air bags.The aging car population could mean that Americans will be slow to adapt safety and semi-autonomous features that have car company executives and experts heralding a new age of the automobile. Adaptive cruise control arrived in the U.S. market in 2006, for example, but nine years later only 6 percent of all cars have it, according to a recent report from Boston Consulting Group. It will also take longer for much-hyped advances like CarPlay — which gives drivers access to their apps through the dashboard — to become commonplace.But Seng says the auto industry should take heart. Even though the average vehicle age shows no sign of reversing, it is starting to plateau, since buyers have returned to the car market in big numbers. Sales of new cars rose from 12.7 million in 2011 to 16.5 million last year and are expected to reach or exceed 17 million this year. IHS thinks the average vehicle age will hit 11.6 years in 2016 but won't climb to 11.7 years until 2018.Seng says that's a more normal rate than the industry saw in the years after the recession. Vehicle age increased rapidly between 2008 and 2013, since more people were keeping older cars. In 2008, the average age of cars and trucks in the U.S. was 10 years; by 2013, it was 11.4 years, or 14 percent higher.
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1 killed in wreck on I-85 south in northeast Atlanta

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Atlanta police and the Georgia State Patrol are investigating a deadly crash involving a pedestrian.
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With driverless cars, how safe is safe enough?: Column

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The tech revolution is so important, it might make sense to let robo-drivers be less safe than humans.
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Wrong-way driving hits close to home - Distracted Driving

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It was an early Friday morning in October during commute hours when tragedy struck. A passenger vehicle was traveling southbound on Loop 303 near Happy Valley Parkway in Peoria when it veered left into the northbound land and collided head-on with a landscaping vehicle, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety. The passenger car driver …
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Ohio State Highway Patrol Looks to Bring Down Traffic Deaths in 2016

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In 2015, more than 24,000 impaired drivers were arrested on Ohio roadways. More than 600 of those drivers were arrested in the one week from Christmas to New Year’s.
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2 firefighters injured in wreck involving 2 fire vehicles

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ATLANTA -- Two firefighters were injured after an accident involving another fire department vehicle on Thursday.
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Here's some of the worst scandals in auto industry history - Fortune

Here's some of the worst scandals in auto industry history - Fortune | Atlanta Trial Attorney  Road SafetyNews; | Scoop.it
The Volkswagen scandal is not the first of its kind. Starting in the 1960s, the auto industry has been hit with multiple crises.
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Here Is How To Address Car Hacking Threats | TechCrunch

Here Is How To Address Car Hacking Threats | TechCrunch | Atlanta Trial Attorney  Road SafetyNews; | Scoop.it
When you connect a car to the Internet, it is no longer just a car: It is a computer on wheels. When a car can search Google, send tweets and be remotely..
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This augmented reality GPS shows how distracted driving is dangerous

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Heads up.
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Washington man dies in I-84 crash distracted driving apparent cause

Washington man dies in I-84 crash distracted driving apparent cause | Atlanta Trial Attorney  Road SafetyNews; | Scoop.it
Mark M. Voronkovich was pronounced dead at the scene of the Thursday morning crash after running his van into the back of a Freightliner truck, Oregon State Police reported.
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e Police encourage pedestrian safety by handing out "tickets"

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Greenville police officers were handing out free 'tickets' for food at The Scullery and Sup Dogs along 5th Street.
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cross-country bike journey to raise awareness of TBI - Health News -

cross-country bike journey to raise awareness of TBI - Health News - | Atlanta Trial Attorney  Road SafetyNews; | Scoop.it
Ringwood resident Daniel Mollino recently completed his solo cross-country bicycle journey which aimed to raise awareness of traumatic brain injury. He is celebrating his survival and dramatic recovery, after he suffered a devastating TBI 5 years ago.
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