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December 2011 Archives

Spurred by truck crash data, feds issue new sleep rules for drivers

Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration had said it might limit trucking hours of service to a 10-hour daily driving limit, the FMCSA instead let stand in a new rule the existing limit of 11 hours per shift. A fatigued driver is more likely to be involved in a truck accident, so driving at least 3 hours beyond a driver's shift is considered an egregious violation that triggers the maximum civil penalties under the new rule.

NHTSA: Car accident risks from distracted drivers increasing

If you think more and more people are using their cell phones while driving, you're right: They are. A recent federal study reported that one in every 20 drivers on the road is holding a cell phone to his or her ear while operating a motor vehicle, and one in every 100 drivers can be seen using a text-messaging or other digital device.

'Tis the season to be wary: Ohio's winter weather, holidays

This time of year in Ohio, weather and winter driving are invariably in the news in some fashion. Stories range from reports on driving conditions that are especially conducive to car accidents and other motor vehicle mishaps to the roll out of annual drunk driving campaigns, and from safety reminders concerning winter vehicle maintenance to the need for motorists to watch for deer.

Older driver population to surge in Ohio and rest of country: AAA

The American Automobile Association (AAA) is cautioning all drivers to prepare for a sharp increase in the number of elderly drivers on the roads over the course of the next couple of decades.

New road-embedded technology could benefit Ohio drivers

Engineers and scientists at Vaisala, a Finland company that produces environmental measurement products, recently announced the development of a sensor system for roadways that could reduce the number of car accidents each year.

Court: Injury at workplace doesn't always qualify for comp benefits

A recent judicial outcome in a workers' compensation case in Arizona has many critics across the country questioning the court's ruling. The case has been noted for undercutting the time-honored expectation that an employee injured in the scope of employment at the worksite and during normal work hours will be awarded workers' comp benefits.

Car accident, safety focus: Massive teen-driver campaign underway

"Today's teenagers make no secret about the fact that they want to stay connected to their social networks and enjoy text messaging," notes David Strickland, Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).