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February 2018 Archives

U.S. road safety, and what role state governors play

Governors in Texas and around the country have a key role to play in the upgrading of road safety guidelines. Traffic fatalities increased in 39 states in 2016, with a total of 37,461 people dying on America's roads that year. The trend shows no sign of changing, showing that current guidelines are not on a par with those of other developed nations.

Brake failure the reason for Harley recall

Harley-Davidson has announced a voluntary recall of over 250,000 motorcycles, out of which approximately 175,000 were sold in the U.S. If bikers in Texas realize that their motorcycle is among those recalled, they can take it to the dealers, which started providing the necessary repairs on Feb. 12.

AAA study concludes nearly 10% of wrecks involve drowsy drivers

Sleepiness makes drivers in Texas nearly as dangerous as drunk drivers. Attributing crashes to tired drivers has been difficult, but the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety used a unique approach to gather data. Over 3,500 people participated in the study, which required the installation of cameras and other equipment in their vehicles. Researchers monitored data from each subject for several months, and when crashes occurred, they looked at the surveillance footage to see what the drivers had been doing.

Texas train travelers may be leery following major Amtrak crash

You may be one of many Texas residents who have been closely following news updates regarding a recent Amtrak tragedy that occurred in another state. Whether you work on one of the nation's railway systems or simply enjoy traveling by train, the recent collision has likely upped your concerns regarding railroad safety. Sadly, two workers' lives were lost in the early February crash and at least 100 passengers had to go to area hospitals for treatment of their injuries.

Suggestions to help cut down on distracted driving

People in Texas getting behind the wheel may be highly concerned about the dangers posed by distracted drivers who are engaged in texting while driving or other app usage. This kind of distracted driving is known as a major threat to roadway safety and a contributor to many serious car accidents. Many researchers attribute an ongoing upswing in the number of fatal collisions to the widespread popularity of smartphone usage.

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