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January 2013 Archives

Transportation czar Ray LaHood to step down; known for safety focus

Some day in the future when people who pay close attention to the government bureaucracy and high-placed regulators within it are asked to think of a high-ranking official who was consumer-friendly and unabashedly activist, the name of Ray LaHood might come to mind for many of them.

Evolving anti-crash technology: Double-edged sword?

The widely accepted notion about new safety features and vehicle enhancements is that they are drastically improving driver and passenger safety. And there's plenty of evidence to suggest that: Safety advancements such as anti-lane drift technology, rear-view cameras, emergency brake assists and others have been designed in hopes of preventing thousands of car accidents every year.

OSHA fines Cleveland company for safety violations

Manufacturing and industrial worksites can be flatly dangerous places in which to work, as evidenced by safety-related numbers and statistics issuing from diverse federal and state organizations tasked with oversight of worker safety.

In ranking states' car safety laws, Ohio is about a "C"

A recent release of data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows that 2012 brought the largest increase in traffic fatalities seen since 1975. This alarming trend brings an abrupt end to a decade-long decline in deaths resulting from car accidents and leads some to wonder whether lawmakers have put traffic safety programs on auto-pilot.State and local governments regulate traffic safety for the most part, so fatality statistics vary by state. The non-profit Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety recommends that all states adopt, at a minimum, 15 standard laws that have been proven to reduce motor vehicle crashes.

ATA progress report on trucking safety: Mixed bag, but good overall

Ohio is a major hub of interstate commercial truck traffic, with a heavy volume of trucks busily on the move at all times, and state and federal policy makers and transportation regulators are always closely tuned in to safety-related policies, debates and initiatives.

CDC: Drowsy driving is truly dangerous and commonplace

A new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that one in 24 American drivers admits to having fallen asleep behind the wheel within the past month of being surveyed. Drowsy driving is a dangerous driving behavior that can significantly increase a person's risk of being involved in a car accident.

Gaining traction: DUI court programs for repeat offenders

Ohio and a host of other states have DUI courts, and that instrument for addressing problem drinking and the heavy toll that drunk drivers exact in serious and often fatal car accidents is a growing phenomenon that is steadily gaining traction in jurisdictions across the country.