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October 2019 Archives

Safe driving week includes the issuance of thousands of citations

Operation Safe Driver Week is a program organized by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance to highlight the importance of truck drivers as well as passenger car operators following the rules of the road. From July 14 through 20, police gave out nearly 47,000 tickets as part of the week of action. Most of the citations were related to speeding. In addition to the 46,752 traffic tickets, drivers received 87,624 warnings for different types of traffic violations, including failing to wear a seat belt or minor maintenance issues that were not severe enough to pull a vehicle off the road.

Newer pickups neglect passenger safety, says IIHS report

West Virginia drivers who own modern two-row pickup trucks should know about some crash tests done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The IIHS performed both driver-side and passenger-side small overlap frontal collision tests to see how the two sides can withstand a collision with a vehicle or other object. The results were uneven, with passengers seeing an increased chance of injury/death than drivers.

NTSB: limos should require lap and shoulder belts for all

If they intend to take a limousine somewhere in West Virginia, people should know what the current safety standards are like for these vehicles. Many limousines are modified to the point that they can be considered mid-sized trucks. As a result, they are exempt from the seating and seat belt standards that apply to traditional vehicles.

What happens when a prescription medicine causes you harm?

When you go to a West Virginia doctor, you probably assume that he or she has your best interests in mind and will do everything possible to help you achieve your best level of health possible. This includes getting the right diagnosis, planning the right kind of treatment and giving you right type of medication. You probably trust that the medication you are getting is right for you, but what if it actually causes you harm?

Tips for preventing car crashes in West Virginia

Some 40,000 people died in car crashes in 2018. While this represented a 1% decrease from the previous year, the number is still high. Car crashes also led to 4.5 million cases of injury last year. With one person being injured in an auto accident every seven seconds, it's more important than ever to practice safe driving. Below are five simple tips to consider.

Parents are concerned about teenage distracted driving

West Virginia residents may be interested in learning what a recent study revealed about distracted teen drivers. Most parents know that when a teenager gets their license, they are excited to be behind the wheel, but parents are concerned about their child using safe driving practices. This is why recent research has caught the eyes of some parents.

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