It’s Child Abuse Prevention Month—How You Can Take Part

It’s Child Abuse Prevention Month—How You Can Take Part

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, sponsored by the National Office of Prevent Child Abuse America. But even though 87 percent of American adults believe that child abuse and neglect are a serious and preventable problem, only one in four reported helping with child abuse prevention. The good news is that many more Americans help prevent child abuse without realizing it. This can include monetary support for organizations that prevent child abuse, volunteering, mentoring, or even babysitting for overburdened families. This year, Prevent Child Abuse America is working on its “Help Great Childhoods Happen” campaign. This article will help you find just a few ways you can help out. Help Great Childhoods Happen Digital Campaign The Help Great Childhoods Happen Campaign is intended to keep…

The Uber Pedestrian Fatality Tells Us That Self-Driving Tech Is Not Ready for Roads

The Uber Pedestrian Fatality Tells Us That Self-Driving Tech Is Not Ready for Roads

On March 18, 2018, there was an Uber pedestrian fatality. The vehicle, which was going 40 miles per hour in a 35 mile per hour zone, gave no signs of slowing down before hitting and killing the 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg. Herzberg was walking her bike across the street at the time. Uber test driver Rafael Vasquez was behind the wheel of the Uber Volvo XC90 SUV at the time of the accident to monitoring the vehicle as a safeguard, but when the accident occurred the vehicle was in fully autonomous mode – meaning the car was driving itself, with no control on the part of the test driver. Uber has been testing its autonomous vehicles in Arizona, Pittsburgh, and Toronto for some time. This accident…

What Would Truck-Only Lanes Mean for Georgia’s Road Safety?

The Georgia Department of Transportation wants to introduce truck-only lanes along a 40-mile stretch of I-75. If the proposal goes through, lanes dedicated exclusively to the use of heavy trucks will be built on the northbound lanes between Macon and McDonough. The $2 billion project would reduce truck traffic in those lanes, which may be extremely important, considering that truck traffic is expected to double by 2040. Although Gov. Nathan Deal says the new highway project is “an important part of what our future transportation system should and will look like,” the project’s detractors claim that $2 billion is too great a price for a new lane system that may not produce the intended results. If you or a loved one has been injured in…

More US Deaths Being Caused by Unintentional Injuries

The year 2016 saw an all-time high in deaths from unintentional injuries—accidental deaths, in other words. According to the National Safety Council (NSC), unintentional injuries rank as the number three cause of death in the United States as of 2016. The NSC is dedicated to reducing the rates of accidental death and has a goal of ultimately reducing unintentional injury deaths to zero. The overall increase in accidental deaths is part of a major spike that occurred between 2014 and 2016, in which these fatalities increased by 18.6 percent. Further, 14,803 more people died in 2016 than in 2015, for a one-year increase of 10 percent. Accidental injuries are a constant threat for people of all ages. If you or a loved one has been…

Smyrna Leads Way in Georgia Texting-While-Driving Laws

Will the Rest of the State Follow? A bill recently passed in Smyrna will institute a $150 fine for distracted driving. This is in response to a spike in highway deaths in Georgia over the last few years, in which deaths have risen by a third from 2014 to 2016. Early stats indicate that 1,531 people died on Georgia’s highways in 2017, a slight dip from 1,561 the year before. Distracted driving—particularly in the form of cell phone use—has been blamed for most of the increase in deaths. As smartphone use increases, drivers are paying more attention to their phones and less attention to the roads. While this trend is present nationwide, it’s particularly bad here in Georgia. The state led the nation in increases…

These Meds Impair Your Driving Ability

Medicines are meant to help you stay healthy when you’re feeling good and get better when you’re feeling bad. But as we all know, meds can have side effects, and one of the most common medical side effects is drowsiness. Drowsiness can reduce your ability to drive effectively, leading to an increased risk of accidents. There are many medications out there that can impair a driver’s ability to operate a vehicle, so we’ve gathered a list of a few of the most common types. Take care to plan ahead when using any of the medications mentioned in this post. Types of Medications that Impair Driving A variety of over the counter (OTC) medications are generally known to impair driving ability. Three types in particular can…

What Does High Turnover Mean About the Trucking Industry?

Driver turnover with big trucking companies increased to 95 percent in the third quarter of 2017. This is a significant increase from the 81 percent turnover rate from third quarter 2016. Good commercial drivers are in high demand. According to Bob Costello, chief economist at the American Trucking Association (ATA), the increased turnover rate is “a function of an improving economy, rising demand for freight transportation and fierce competition for drivers.” But these new developments in the trucking industry will have serious effects on the situation all drivers will be facing on America’s roads. With more trucks on the road and stiffer competition among trucking companies for the best drivers, more and more inexperienced commercial drivers are going to be taking to the roads. These…

40 Percent of Drivers Might Be Using Phones Behind the Wheel

The youngest drivers on today’s roads have never known life without cell phones. While the earliest models were intended for conversation, technology now allows users to check email, surf the internet, take pictures, send text messages, check social media, and more. These mobile devices have become so ingrained in our every day that few people can resist their allure no matter the situation – at the dinner table, the movie theatre, behind the wheel. The thing is, using a mobile phone is as cognitively complicated as operating a vehicle. There are limits to what the human brain can handle, and any interference with driving ability can lead to serious, even deadly, consequences. Not only do these two tasks draw on similar mental resources, they also…

How the US is Falling Behind on Road Safety

Since 1990, the U.S. has fallen behind other countries in road safety standards. America is now an outlier in the developed world when it comes to death on the roadways. Traffic deaths have dropped worldwide in the last few decades, and they’ve dropped here as well, as a result of improved vehicle safety features. But other countries have further increased their road safety through tighter regulation, cutting road deaths to an even greater degree. In 2015, the U.S. had a road death rate of 7 deaths per billion vehicle miles traveled. That total is about 40 percent higher than the two most comparable countries, Australia (4.9 deaths per billion miles) and Canada (5.1 deaths). These countries are the most comparable because they have similar levels…

Uptick in Bike-Related Injuries Alarms Cyclists

There are good reasons for the growing popularity of bicycling. It is an affordable mode of transportation; it is a healthy activity; and, in congested communities, it is an easy way to get around. Cyclists, however, are facing dangers on the roadways.  In fact, over the last few years, bicycle-related accidents are increasing. Who is Bicycling Today A report prepared for the Governors Highway Safety Association says that over a third of Americans rode a bicycle in the past year. According to the report, about 75% of cyclists are male, and 39% of all bike trips are made by those under 16 years of age. Millennials between the ages of 21 and 38 have embraced biking. Many in this age group have entirely foregone automobile ownership. Only…