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April 2012 Archives

Motorcycle crashes: statistics, ironies, sound training strategies

Here's a central irony pointed out by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety as regards motorcycle riding: Not only might a bike training course not reduce a driver's risk of getting into a motorcycle accident, but it might actually increase the possibility.

Ohio company fined by OSHA for safety violations, fire outbreak

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently fined and cited an auto parts manufacturing company in Ohio and a Texas-based chemical company for multiple safety violations at their workplaces that exposed workers to a multitude of safety hazards and risks, including electrical and burn injuries.

Govt. agency: New sleep apnea standards will reduce truck crashes

Overweight truck drivers will be under pressure to address their sleep apnea issues once new sleep apnea practices are implemented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). On the recommendation of two medical advisory boards, the FMCSA is reshaping its current policies and opening the doors to wholesale reform of its rules and regulations.

Ohio parents might want to note report on child safety seats

A recent study of more than 98 different vehicle models from 2010 and 2011 has found that the vast majority are not designed in a manner that optimally accommodates child safety seats, underscoring the risks many young children may face in the event t of a car crash.

Lively debate ensues over Ohio House texting-while-driving bill

A number of comments from Ohio legislators, traffic safety lobbyists, law enforcement officials and municipal administrators indicate that many people in the state see a close nexus between texting while driving and car accidents and want to do something about it.

Study: Speed-limiting technology reduces commercial truck crashes

Given that Ohio is a major conduit through which the nation's goods flow in commercial trucks plying the state's interstates and freeways, Ohio truck drivers and other truckers who frequently drive through the state are intensely interested participants in any debate focused on truck accident matters and related safety issues.

Pro sports teams, eyeing vehicle crash risks, tighten alcohol rules

As mainstream society is becoming less tolerant of drinking and driving, professional baseball executives, along with officials from several other pro sports leagues, have taken notice. League administrators have certainly noted the many high-profile car accidents -- sometimes fatal -- of pro players over the past several years that have involved alcohol, and the league now says that it wants to set a good example for young fans and athletes by prominently advocating safety and responsibility.