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Highway fatalities may stem from old crash test dummies

In recent years, auto manufacturers and safety experts have seen a gap between crash test results and the number of fatalities caused by motor vehicle accidents. Automakers face constantly improving standards for safety equipment that should lead to safer roads, but 35,000 people are still killed in auto accidents every year.

Ohio bill to protect student athletes from brain injury

The Ohio state Senate recently passed a bill that would take measures to protect student athletes who are at risk of concussions. The legislation, which passed the Senate with unanimous approval, would require that any student showing signs of concussion during a sports game or practice be removed immediately.

Distracted driver sentenced after Ohio crash

Earlier this week we discussed the findings of a recent study that distracted driving is more prevalent among teens than their parents may think. Distractions such as text messaging or talking on hand-held cellphones are major contributors to motor vehicle accidents.

Talk to your teen about distracted driving

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States; in 2010, seven drivers aged 16 to 19 years died every day as a result of accidents. A recent study of teen driving behavior attempts to identify some of the risk factors that lead to these fatal crashes, which may be helpful in preventing future accidents.

New DOT regs strengthen medical exam rules for truckers

We recently discussed the link between trucker health and safety and it looks like federal regulators have taken notice as well. New federal Department of Transportation regulations, which go into effect in May of 2014, will require many commercial drivers, including bus and commercial truck drivers, to get their biennial physical exam from a certified medical provider.

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