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November 2016 Archives

Texas ranks first for poor driving

Holiday driving can create traffic snarls and cause emotions to get out of control, especially as winter weather moves in. While Texas residents might take to the road to visit family members in other states, they actually face some of the worst driving conditions at home. The state climbed from fourth to first place in an analysis of bad driving in 2015 completed by a car insurance comparison website. The company used information from the NHTSA to complete its study.

Heart attacks and car crashes spike during the holidays

The feasting and travel associated with Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season do not always lead to good times. Big helpings of food and alcohol are linked to an annual jump in coronary disease deaths that starts on Thanksgiving. The rush to get to holiday destinations could also cause some people in Texas to forget safe driving habits.

Car accidents more likely on Thanksgiving day

People in Texas may be interested to learn that death rates spike during Thanksgiving and continue to be high during the winter months. One reason for the increased mortality rates is flu season. However, the two causes of death specifically connected to Thanksgiving are motor vehicle accidents and heart attacks.

Trucks pulled out of service for brake violations

Drivers in Texas and throughout the country may be safer after a Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance initiative pulled around 3,900 trucks out of service. Around 2,350 of the trucks taken out of service had brake violations while around 1,100 had both brake and other violations.

FMCSA say federal action necessary to change marijuana policy

Marijuana remains illegal in Texas, but voters in several other states approved ballot measures dealing with the recreational or medical use of the drug on Nov. 8. Voters in California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada chose to approve the drug for recreational use, and the 25 states that already allow marijuana consumption for medical purposes were joined by North Dakota, Florida and Arkansas.

Texas officials examining hazards of distracted driving

On November 3, researchers from the Texas Department of Transportation (TDOT) held a seminar in Austin to examine and explore the hazards inherent with something many of us see every day or might have even done ourselves: distracted driving. There is plenty of evidence to prove that this practice is dangerous, as evidenced by TDOT statistics showing more than 100,000 car crashes, nearly 500 deaths and more than 3,100 injuries caused by distracted drivers in 2015 alone.

21.5 percent of trucks ordered out of service in inspection blitz

In June, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducted its annual road check campaign to inspect trucks in Texas and throughout the country. In October, the organization released a report of the inspections, showing areas where improvements are needed in the trucking industry.

FMCSA electronic logging rule survives court challenge

Most truck drivers in Texas and around the country will no longer be allowed to use paper log books to track their working hours after Dec. 18, 2017. That is the day when a new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rule goes into effect that calls for electronic logging devices to be fitted to commercial vehicles with model years starting with 2000. The rule, which was first proposed by the FMCSA in 2010, has had a difficult history, and it has been challenged in federal court on two occasions by truck drivers and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

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