Car Seat Safety Tips Not to Be Ignored

An article appeared recently on the website caremom.com  titled, “9 Lifesaving Car Seat Rules You’re Probably Ignoring. The article reminded that car seats are installed and used correctly to avoid unnecessary personal injuries and even death of children in motor vehicle accidents. The article strongly recommends that the following rules be observed for the child’s safety when a car seat … Read the rest

National Teen Driver Safety Week Provides High Schools With Chance to Win Private Kelly Clarkson Concert and Cash

This week, October 18 – 26, is National Teen Driver Safety Week, which was established by Congress in 2007 after a series of tragic motor vehicle accidents involving Pennsylvania high school students.  As part of the event, State Farm sponsors a competition called “Celebrate My Drive,” where teens are encouraged to practice safe habits on the roadways.  All residents, whether … Read the rest

Safety Advocates Sue to Stop Government Foot-Dragging Over Backup Camera Requirement

Each year, more than 200 individuals are killed and 18,000 injured in motor vehicle “backover” crashes. Each week, on average, 50 children are injured, two fatally, by backover crashes.  Drivers using all three mirrors cannot see a blind zone several feet high directly behind their vehicles. Forty-four percent of those killed in backover incidents are children under 5 years old.  … Read the rest

This Year’s Click It Or Ticket Campaign Runs Through June 5

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood last week announced the 2011 Click It or Ticket mobilization with a reminder to motorists about the severe risks of driving unbelted, day or night. In a surprising statistic, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) research shows that fewer people buckle their seat belts at night, making evening hours especially dangerous. In 2009, 62 percent … Read the rest

Red Light Cameras Reduces Rate of Fatal Red Light Running Crashes By 24 Percent in 14 Large Cities

We’ve written previously about whether red light cameras are primarily intended to raise revenue. A new analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows red light cameras saved 159 lives in 2004-08 in 14 of the biggest US cities. Extrapolating this data to all large cities, a total of 815 deaths would have been prevented. The results shows that … Read the rest

Move Over Act Requires Drivers On The Road To Make Room For Ambulances, Police Cars And Other Emergency Vehicles

Hoping to protect emergency responders on highways from themselves becoming involved in a motor vehicle accident, effective January 1, 2011, a new law in New York State, the Ambrose-Searles Move Over Act requires drivers to exercise due care to avoid colliding with an authorized emergency vehicle which is parked, stopped or standing on the shoulder of a road or highway … Read the rest

Car Roofs Getting Much Safer According to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Tests

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s TOP SAFETY PICK award recognizes vehicles that do the best job of protecting people in front, side, rollover, and rear crashes based on good ratings in Institute tests. The winners offer a higher level of protection than federal safety standards require.

Last year the Institute toughened criteria for TOP SAFETY PICK by adding a … Read the rest

Less Daylight Hours Brings Consumer Advisory From NHTSA Cautioning Drivers on Increased Risks to Pedestrians

In 2009, 4,092 pedestrians were killed and 59,000 were injured in traffic crashes. Of those killed, 25 percent died between 4 P.M. and 8 P.M. and another 13 percent between 4 A.M. and 8 A.M. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) warns drivers that adjusting to the new low-light environment can take time, and that driving while distracted puts … Read the rest

New York Drivers Dissed in 2010 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test

New York drivers ranked last in the 2010 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test. The test found that nearly 1 in 5 licensed drivers roughly 38 million Americans would not pass a written drivers test exam if taken today. Kansas drivers ranked first in the nation (82.3 percent average score); New York drivers ranked last (70 percent average score). The national … Read the rest

Using Hands-Free Cell Phone While Driving No Less a Danger Than Using Hand-Held Phone

The congressionally chartered National Safety Council is advocating for the first time a total ban on cell phone use while driving, including hands-free use, saying the practice is clearly dangerous and leads to fatalities. States should ban drivers from using hand-held and hands-free cell phones, and businesses should prohibit employees from using cell phones while driving on the job. The … Read the rest