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August 2016 Archives

Federal agencies call for speed limiters in all heavy trucks

Many of the passenger vehicles sold in California and around the country are equipped with technology that prevents them from being driven at unsafe speeds. These speed limiters generally work by cutting off the fuel supply when vehicles reach speeds that are usually far higher than any posted limit in the U.S., but a proposal by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration calls for this type of technology to restrict the speeds of all vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds to 68 mph or lower.

Report highlights dangers of driving while fatigued

Many drivers in California and throughout the country may have driven while fatigued. According to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association, around 5,000 people are killed annually due to driving while drowsy. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration added drowsy driving to its list of impaired driving behaviors that includes being under the influence of drugs or alcohol and driving while distracted.

CVSA hopes that Operation Safe Driver Week will save lives

Truck drivers in California and around the country may wish to be particularly vigilant during the week beginning Oct. 16. Operation Safe Driver Week is an awareness and enforcement campaign mounted by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, and law enforcement agencies around the country pulled over more than 20,000 vehicles and conducted more than 19,000 roadside inspections during the 2015 initiative. While attention will be paid to commercial vehicle safety features and maintenance records, the real thrust of Operation Safe Driver Week will be aimed at reckless commercial and passenger vehicle drivers.

Nintendo augmented reality game linked to car accidents

A disturbing number of drivers in California and around the country have no issue with using their cellphones while behind the wheel, and these motorists often do far more than make calls or read text messages. The National Safety Council surveyed drivers from a variety of demographic groups, and 74 percent of the 2,400 motorists polled admitted that they routinely visited Facebook while driving. Perhaps even more shocking was the revelation that 35 percent of those polled said that they sometimes watch YouTube videos while behind the wheel.