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June 2016 Archives

Driverless cars pose some questions

What should happen if three pedestrians dash in front of an autonomous car and the vehicle has no place to swerve except into a brick wall? That question and other serious "social dilemma" questions were posed to consumers in a survey designed to gauge opinions about driverless vehicles before they hit the market in Texas and across the U.S.

Texas woman admits to driving drunk

A 25-year-old Texas woman is facing vehicular assault and manslaughter charges after a crash in the early morning hours of June 18 that left one of her passengers dead and two others injured. Police say that the woman admitted to smoking marijuana and drinking heavily before getting behind the wheel. The accident took place in El Paso at the intersection of George Dieter Drive and Zaragoza Road at approximately 2:00 a.m.

Growth in tracking technology in motor vehicles

Texas residents may be interested to learn that increasingly, car manufacturers are installing technology that tracks what drivers are doing. Most newer cars have data recorders similar to the black boxes on planes, and the use of the Internet to send that information is becoming more common as well. While only about 25 percent of cars have that capability, it is expected that by 2020, 9 out of 10 cars will be so equipped.

Former NASA astronaut facing murder charges after accident

Media outlets in Texas and around the country have reported that a former Air Force test pilot and NASA astronaut is facing murder charges after being involved in a deadly crash in Alabama on June 6. The 59-year-old man, who piloted or commanded the space shuttle on five occasions, is accused of causing the death of girls aged 11 and 13. The girls lost their lives after being ejected from the car that they were passengers in. Responding police officers say that excess speed and alcohol consumption may have been contributory factors.

Summer months particularly dangerous for teen drivers

Teen drivers in Texas and around the country are more apt to be involved in motor vehicle accidents during the summer months than during other periods of the year, according to research conducted by the AAA. The findings were released as the Memorial Day weekend heralded the beginning of the busy summer driving season, and it was the increased number of teen drivers on the road that the AAA cited as the main reason for the increased accident rate.

Motor vehicle accidents may be on the rise

While Texas is one of the states that did see a small drop in motor vehicle accidents in the first half of 2015 compared to the first half of 2014, nationwide, this was not the case. Safety advocates voiced concern in light of the figures showing that roads are becoming more dangerous. The total increase in accidents that resulted in injuries requiring medical care was 14 percent. In addition to the human cost, these accidents cost around $152 billion including such things loss of productivity, medical expenses and property damage.

Fatal wrong-way crash claims Texas woman's life

In Texas, a New Braunfels woman died after the car that she was driving was struck almost head on by a hit-and-run driver who was fleeing the scene of an unrelated crash on May 21. Both accidents were under investigation by local police, and criminal charges may be pending.

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