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  • Study: Law banning cell phones while driving doesn’t reduce accident rate

    07/26/2014 11:43:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2014 | Mary Katherine Ham
    Most Americans admit to being fry-dipping, cell-phone-gossiping, mascara-applying distracted drivers. A 2011 poll, reported in USA Today, showed 86 percent of us eat or drink in the car, more than half talk on the phone, and about 40 percent admit to the offenses of setting the GPS or texting. Many Americans, even in a state as conservative as Texas, want to be saved from their bad behavior by a ban on cell phone use in the car. But are they really saving themselves? Though the laws are largely noncontroversial, they’re also hard to enforce, and increasingly look ineffective, according...
  • AP Impact: Deadly side effect to fracking boom (really tenuous)

    05/05/2014 9:30:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May. 5, 2014 12:09 PM EDT | Kevin Begos and Jonathan Fahey
    Booming production of oil and natural gas has exacted a little-known price on some of the nation’s roads, contributing to a spike in traffic fatalities in states where many streets and highways are choked with large trucks and heavy drilling equipment. An Associated Press analysis of traffic deaths and U.S. census data in six drilling states shows that in some places, fatalities have more than quadrupled since 2004—a period when most American roads have become much safer even as the population has grown. “We are just so swamped,” said Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva of Karnes County, Texas, where authorities have been...
  • Children and Fatal Gun Accidents

    03/23/2014 7:41:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 22 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Toward the end of this article on Democrat Senators' attempts to deceive their voters, John Lott has some interesting and hard to find numbers on children, guns, and accidents compared to other items.  Accidental gun deaths involving children are especially horrible, but they are fortunately rare. Take the last five years for which the Centers for Disease Control data are available, 2006 to 2010. On average there were 33 accidental gun deaths per year for children under 10. Including children under 15 raises the number to 58. Research done on cases before the CDC privacy restrictions found that most...
  • History of Hawaii Cessna accidents

    12/13/2013 4:45:39 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 57 replies
    HawaiiNewsNow.com ^ | Dec 12, 2013 8:44 PM PST | Rick Daysog
    The deadly plane crash off of Molokai was the second in less than two months involving the same model of aircraft in Hawaii. [....] According to the National Transportation Safety Board, there have been a total of six accidents involving Cessna Caravans in Hawaii since 1992. but the Makani Kai crash was the only deadly one.
  • Attention America: The New York Times Knows What You Should Know and You Need Know No More

    10/16/2013 6:21:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    nssfblog.com ^ | 8 October, 2013 | Larry Keane
    The New York Times’ recent 6,000-word major opus, “Children and Guns: The Hidden Toll ,” is the latest installment in the paper’s self-described series on “the gun industry’s influence and the wide availability of firearms in America.” In this article, it took the authors 75 paragraphs before they acknowledged that federal statistics, in fact, show a dramatic 30-year downward trend in accidental deaths involving firearms. But that’s not the impression that the Times wanted to leave with its readers. The article focused dramatically on case vignettes involving the accidental deaths of children from firearms, which we all agree are tragic...
  • No full driving license until 19: Ministers’ plan to slash deaths caused by young motorists (UK)

    10/10/2013 9:59:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17:31 EST, 10 October 2013 | Jason Groves
    The driving age could be raised to 18 in an attempt to slash the death toll on our roads. And young people could be forced to wait until they are 19 before they qualify for a full license under radical plans being considered by ministers. Currently, they can be driving independently at 17. The plans could also see all motorists aged under 30 banned from giving their friends a lift or driving at night for 12 months after they pass their test. The proposals, prepared for the Department for Transport, would also see new motorists face a lower drink-drive limit...
  • Vintage Car Wrecks

    08/08/2013 9:40:47 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 37 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 08 August 2013 | Reaganite Republican
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  • Children and Guns: The Fear and the Reality

    05/16/2013 4:00:58 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 13 May, 2013 | John Lott
    Should you ask your neighbors if they own a gun before your child plays at their house? And what do you do if they say yes? After the tragic accidental death this month of a two-year-old Kentucky girl who had been shot by her five-year-old brother, the answer may seem obvious: Do not let your child play at a gun owner’s home, at least if you are not sure he is locking up his guns. This shooting came just a couple of days after a prominent opinion piece in the Motherlode blog at the New York Times, in which a...
  • I-81 spill stinks for morning commuters, causes hours-long backup

    04/23/2013 10:57:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    PennLive.com ^ | April 22, 2013 | David Wenner
    A smelly and slippery spill involving human waste caused traffic to back up for miles along Interstate 81 in Cumberland County on Monday. It further snarled traffic in Carlisle and on other nearby road. The spill occurred before 9 a.m. and caused a motorcyclist to skid out of control and crash in the southbound lanes near the Hanover Street exit in Carlisle. A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation crew that was doing routine cleanup nearby was called to the scene and determined both southbound lanes needed to be closed, PennDOT spokesman Fritzi Schreffler said. It took several hours to clean up...
  • Guest MINDSETTER™ Steven Artigas: Time to Disable the Cellphones

    04/17/2013 10:40:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    GoLocalProv.com ^ | April 16, 2013 | Steven Artigas
    I was almost sideswiped by another driver on Interstate 95 today. He missed me by a couple of inches and I looked over with alarm as he passed to see him looking down into his lap and not out the windshield. No proof, naturally, but it's a safe bet he was texting on his cell phone. If fact, I had been watching him in my mirror as he approached from behind in the passing lane, and his directional control was marginal, to say the least. Who among us has not been witness to an inattentive driver using a cell, whether...
  • Comparing accidental gun deaths from TVs and Furniture and guns

    12/13/2012 2:57:41 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    johnrlott.blogspot.com ^ | 13 December, 2012 | John Lott
    As many children under ten die from accidental falling TVs and Furniture as from guns. New numbers show a record number of people were killed by falling televisions, furniture, and appliances in 2011. The report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows 41 people were killed in 2011, an increase from 31 in 2010, and 27 in 2009. The data shows that the majority of those killed were under the age of nine. . . . Thanks to Steve Brown for this link. Labels: accidentaldeaths, childrenguns
  • More women have driver's licenses than men in U.S.

    11/12/2012 11:49:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 12, 2012 1:30 PM EST | Joan Lowy
    Women have passed men on the nation's roads. More women than men now have driver's licenses, a reversal of a longtime gender gap behind the wheel that transportation researchers say is likely to have safety and economic implications. If current trends continue, the gap will only widen. The share of teens and young adults of both sexes with driver's licenses is declining, but the decline is greater for young men, according to a study by the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute. The study looked at gender trends in driver's licenses between 1995 and 2010. … Male drivers outnumbered women...
  • Accidental firearm deaths for those under age 15 rise back up in 2010

    09/24/2012 8:06:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    johnrlott.blogspot.com ^ | 23 September, 2012 | John Lott
    CDC data show number of accidental firearm deaths for children under age 15 has gone back up to 62, a number that it was at in 2008. The 48 accidental deaths in 2009 was unusually low. A similar pattern also held for total accidental gun deaths for all ages: 2008, 592; 2009, 554; and 2010, 606. However, over the longer term, the pattern for accidental gun deaths is similar to other accidental deaths in that is as long as we have data you see a gradual decline, though in recent years the decline in accidental firearm deaths has slowed.
  • Firearm Accident Fatalities at an All-Time Low

    12/31/2011 6:19:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Buckey Firearms Association ^ | 30 December, 2011 | NRA
    Data recently released by the National Center for Health Statistics shows that in 2008, the number and per capita rate of firearm accident deaths fell to an all-time low. There were 592 firearm accident deaths (0.19 such accidents per 100,000 population) in 2008, as compared to 613 accidents (.20 per 100,000) in 2007. In 2008, the chance of a child dying in a firearm accident was roughly one in a million. Firearm accidents accounted for 0.5% of all accidental deaths; well below the percentages accounted for by motor vehicle accidents, falls, fires, poisonings, and several other more common types of...
  • A second Iranian nuclear facility has exploded, as diplomatic tensions rise

    12/02/2011 1:11:55 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    The Australian ^ | 11/30/2011 | Sheera Frenkel
    AN IRANIAN nuclear facility has been hit by a huge explosion, the second such blast in a month, prompting speculation that Tehran's military and atomic sites are under attack. Satellite imagery seen by The Times confirmed that a blast that rocked the city of Isfahan on Monday struck the uranium enrichment facility there, despite denials by Tehran. The images clearly showed billowing smoke and destruction, negating Iranian claims yesterday that no such explosion had taken place. Israeli intelligence officials told The Times that there was "no doubt" that the blast struck the nuclear facilities at Isfahan and that it was...
  • Airport shooting last week came after passenger improperly inspected gun (New Orleans)

    08/02/2011 6:29:09 AM PDT · by jrushing · 7 replies
    The Times-Picayune, New Orleans ^ | Monday, August 01, 2011, 6:51 PM | Jeff Adelson
    A glance in the half-opened bolt was enough to convince him that the Browning A-Bolt 7mm rifle was ready for the flight. But as he placed the gun in its case and headed off to the airport, Deubler, an officer with a variety of state and national hunting organizations, seems not to have thought to remove the rifle's internal magazine. The oversight led to an accidental discharge that left a United Airlines ticket agent wounded after a second check of the rifle --
  • Was 70 mph a bad idea?

    07/20/2011 7:47:43 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 138 replies
    The Northern Virginia Daily ^ | July 20, 2011 | Preston Knight
    WOODSTOCK -- The last few days have been busy for Shenandoah County emergency personnel on Interstate 81. Or, as some people may feel, it's been like old times. Four notable crashes in a 10-mile stretch since Thursday afternoon -- there were two that day, one on Friday and a tractor-trailer overturned Tuesday morning -- may have been the most in such a short period of time since the Virginia Department of Transportation raised the posted speed limit throughout most of the jurisdiction to 70 mph last the fall. Official crash data, though, is not yet available for the past few...
  • Every Driver’s Nightmare – Meeting Another Vehicle Coming At You On The Wrong Side Of The Road…

    03/31/2011 4:46:24 AM PDT · by sussex · 36 replies
    The Aged P.com ^ | the Aged P
    In the UK we call them lorries, not trucks and, of course, we drive on the left, not on the right, but whichever country you live in it must be a terrifying moment when you are on a dual carriageway and suddenly come face to face with a vehicle driving in the wrong direction….
  • Road Crews Put Down Wrong Chemicals, Slick Roads Cause Accidents

    12/03/2010 3:23:11 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 30 replies
    MYFOXDC ^ | 03 Dec 2010 | John Henrehan
    SILVER SPRING, Md. - Traffic crews trying to get a Maryland highway ready for winter put down the wrong chemicals Friday morning. The error caused slick conditions on the road and at least 10 accidents. Dave Buck with Maryland State Highway confirms the bad mix of chemicals were applied near Georgia Avenue on I-495. Crews were supposed to apply only salt brine, but liquid magnesium was somehow mixed into one batch of the brine. Two trucks at different locations were loaded with the brine-magnesium mixture. The contractor’s trucks with the bad mixture has been identified. Maryland State Highway is investigating....
  • Airbus prepares safety warnings

    11/12/2010 4:05:35 PM PST · by tanuki · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 12 November 2010 | Christian Fraser
    Airbus is drafting a worldwide safety warning about electrical problems on some of its aircraft. The company is investigating a fault that temporarily affected primary cockpit displays and computer controls on a BMI flight from Khartoum to Beirut in August. For years, safety investigators have been concerned about electrical system glitches resulting in dangerous shutdowns of flight control computers. But such incidents are hard to understand and replicate. Airbus says it is helping both the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) and the BEA in France with the inquiry. But it has been reported that investigators have already urged Airbus to...
  • Video of Tanker Crashing Into Police Car

    09/13/2010 10:25:58 AM PDT · by OneVike · 29 replies · 1+ views
    In this video you will see an officer giving a motorist a ticket. From the police car cam you see a gasoline tanker truck coming towards the scene in the other lane. The driver loses control of the semi as it jackknifes and falls onto it's side and slides into the police car and the car the officer is ticketing. Fear not because everyone was able to get out of the way, and except for a few cuts and bruises the driver of the truck was fine also. Follow the link below to see the video of theTanker Crashing...
  • New Technology Could Help Solve Texting While Driving Problem, Tennessee Attorney Says

    09/01/2010 4:10:32 PM PDT · by Libloather · 66 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 8/04/10
    New Technology Could Help Solve Texting While Driving Problem, Tennessee Attorney Says Morristown, Tennessee (PRWEB) August 4, 2010 – New software that blocks drivers from texting, e-mailing or Web surfing when behind the wheel could play a big role in reducing distracted driving accidents, says Tennessee personal injury attorney Brack Terry. The anti-texting applications, including CellSafety, iZup, tXtBlocker and ZoomSafer, generally use a phone’s GPS to determine when a car is moving and disable a cell phone or texting device when the car is going faster than 5 or 10 mph. The programs also have opt-out features. “These emerging technologies,...
  • John McCain: Illegal immigrants are intentionally causing car accidents

    04/20/2010 2:37:34 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 105 replies · 2,801+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | 2010-04-20 | Lindsay Goldwert
    For most lawmakers, DWI stands for “driving while intoxicated.” For Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), DWI stands for “driving while illegal.” In an appearance on "The O'Reilly Factor" on Tuesday Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said that illegal immigrants were intentionally causing car accidents along state freeways. (snip) "Look, our border is not secured. Our citizens are not safe," he said.
  • Massey mines draw scrutiny 442 citations, orders issued for safety violations

    04/17/2010 3:22:23 PM PDT · by worst-case scenario · 12 replies · 470+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | April 17, 2010 | Linda J Jonson and Bill Estrip
    Inspectors have cited hundreds of safety violations at Massey Energy coal mines in Kentucky since an April 5 explosion at one of the company's mines in West Virginia killed 29 employees, federal records show. The 279 citations and orders in Kentucky, more than 80 of them alleging significant and substantial violations, were among a total of 442 issued to Massey underground mines in Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia from April 5 through Thursday. Of those 442, more than half — 222 — were issued to one Massey property in Kentucky, Freedom Energy Mining Co. in Pike County, according to a...
  • Seven greatest accidental inventions

    04/05/2010 10:12:05 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 42 replies · 1,680+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 04/04/2010 | Source: www.spike.com/blog/top-7-greatest/91870
  • Elderly drivers’ risk not clear-cut

    04/05/2010 7:30:38 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 53 replies · 1,270+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | April 3, 2010 | Erika Slife and Bonnie Miller Rubin
    Elderly drivers’ risk not clear-cut The debate about when to take the keys away from the elderly flared up again when 86-year-old driver struck three teenage Chicago cyclists on March 24 By Erika Slife and Bonnie Miller Rubin, Tribune reporters April 3, 2010 Alice Topping was in her convertible, soaking in one of fall's last nice days, when she came to a four-way stop in her Evanston neighborhood just as another car approached. Assuming the other driver would stop at the sign, she began to drive through the intersection when she felt a hard crash. "Look what you've done to...
  • Researchers at FORD are trying to protect pregnant drivers

    11/29/2009 12:44:40 PM PST · by Coleus · 11 replies · 786+ views
    USA Today | 11.29.09 | Sharon Silke Carty
    Researchers trying to protect pregnant drivers
  • Accidents up near red-light cameras

    11/11/2009 3:35:33 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 18 replies · 823+ views
    LA Observed ^ | November 10 2009 9:53 AM | Kevin Roderick
    instead of fewer accidents, the number of traffic accidents has gone up at most of the Los Angeles intersections where red-light cameras have been installed.
  • BLAM!!!

    09/29/2009 8:57:38 PM PDT · by neverhome · 23 replies · 1,374+ views
    Burkhart's Blog ^ | 09.29.09 | Alan Burkhart
    ...There was this old Buick, a big late 60’s road yacht, crammed into the back of the trailer. The man and wife inside were hurt although not terribly so. But behind them was the little Datsun pickup truck (remember those?) that had hit the Buick hard enough to shove it into my trailer. The two girls inside were badly injured. The driver’s forehead had been essentially peeled back and the flap of skin was hanging down over her face. I eased it back into place and held it there to slow her bleeding until an ambulance arrived. The other girl’s...
  • Pools more dangerous than guns for Kern County kids(CA)

    08/28/2009 5:38:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies · 451+ views
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 27 August, 2009 | David Codrea
    love the Kern River. I've probably driven there a hundred times or more over the past 20 years. But it can be a dangerous place for the young, the inexperienced, the careless, as evidenced by a sign warning of lives lost just before you enter the gorge en route to Lake Isabella from Bakersfield. Which makes this Bakersfield.com report even more sobering: Pools now claiming more victims than Kern River... So far this year there have been seven drownings in pools compared to just four in the river... So far, five local children under the age of 10 have drowned...
  • Does teaching gun safety help stop accidents? More Ohio police officers say yes.

    08/07/2009 1:30:55 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies · 1,109+ views
    Buckey Firearms Association ^ | 6 August, 2009 | Chad D. Baus
    To hear the media darlings at the anti-gun Joyce Foundation-funded International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) tell it, guns - the tools some criminals use - are responsible for violence and accidental deaths in America, rather than the criminal or the ignorant. And every police office thinks so. Or do they? In the wake of two tragic accidents in Ohio involving small children and guns, several state media outlets have addressed the issue of kids and guns. In addition to contacting Buckeye Firearms Association, several reporters interviewed area law enforcement officers. Their comments put the anti-gun front group known...
  • Data withheld on dangers of using cell phones while driving

    07/21/2009 12:41:54 PM PDT · by devane617 · 36 replies · 945+ views
    WFAA.com ^ | 07/21/2009 | CYNTHIA VEGA
    Driving and using cell phones - we all know the dangers. But now, new evidence suggests it's not only dangerous, but deadly. Federal officials have long had the evidence that shows drivers on the roads, who are talking on a cell phone, hands free or not, are running the risk of getting involved in a deadly accident. Officials recommend talking on a cell phone while driving should only be done in an emergency. However, this evidence never saw the light of day. A long-term study the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggested to fully assess the threat was never done....
  • Deaths, Injuries Increase With Higher Speed Limits

    07/16/2009 7:26:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 105 replies · 1,942+ views
    MSN Health and Fitness ^ | July 16, 2009 | Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter
    THURSDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- Deaths and injuries on America's interstates have increased since the repeal of the federal 55-mile-per-hour speed limit in 1995, a new study finds, and some believe it's time to slow down again. Researchers tracking fatalities attributed 12,545 deaths and 36,582 injuries in fatal crashes to higher speed limits implemented during the 1995-2005 study period. "Our study clearly shows that policy can directly result in more deaths as well as reducing deaths on our country's roads," said lead researcher Lee S. Friedman of the division of environmental and occupational health sciences in the School of...
  • Foam-bodied Spira set to make a soft impact on deadly Asian roads (A "Nerf" Car)

    05/30/2009 6:30:49 AM PDT · by Reaganesque · 29 replies · 2,330+ views
    Gizmag.com ^ | 05/28/09 | Loz Blain
    May 28, 2009 A good product must be perfectly adapted to its market - and the Spira looks like an excellent fit for the chaotic conditions of South-East Asian roads. This odd little three-wheel two-seater weighs only 300-odd pounds (130kg) - that's because it uses a super-lightweight reinforced foam for 90 percent of the bodywork. It gets well over 100mpg from its 110cc engine, it's light enough to lift by hand, and the foam shell has huge safety benefits, both for the occupants and for the legions of pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists that swarm the roads of Thailand. Oh, and...
  • Group: Medical Errors Still Killing 98,000 Each Year (More than guns- Ban Doctors!)

    05/20/2009 8:12:10 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 24 replies · 811+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 5/20/2009 | Staff
    Despite a decade of promises, little has been done to fix the problem of preventable medical errors that kill nearly 98,000 people in the United States each year, a consumer group said on Tuesday. Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports magazine, said lawmakers largely have failed to enact patient safety reforms recommended by a 1999 report by the Institute of Medicine or IOM that found that medical errors cost the United States $17 billion to $29 billion a year.
  • "Your Cell Phone Law Sucks" (CA State Senator Simitian Targeted on Billboard Over Law)

    02/10/2009 4:35:55 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies · 2,174+ views
    NBC11 ^ | Tue, Feb 10, 2009
    This billboard is catching people's attention as they drive on 101. California Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, is the target of a billboard advertisement attracting attention alongside Highway 101 in Palo Alto. Grant Paulson of Pleasanton spent $10,000 to post a verbose message to Simitian, criticizing him for his efforts to pass a cell phone ban for California drivers. "Your Cell Phone Law Sucks," the message reads. "Amazing how one man's bad idea can screw over and inconvenience millions of people in California." Some drivers have complained that the sign has caused them to nearly get into accidents because of...
  • Plane from Hudson Crash Comes Under Microscope

    01/20/2009 1:17:35 PM PST · by handsomefurs · 40 replies · 1,270+ views
    There is news that the plane had some problems a few days before it landed safely on the Hudson River in NYC. This article looks at the background events and some of the breaking news on this development.
  • CAR PHONE BAN GOES TOO FAR

    01/14/2009 5:17:04 AM PST · by shortstop · 207 replies · 2,877+ views
    boblonsberry.com | 01/14/09 | Bob Lonsberry
    Do you sing in the car? Or shout at the bonehead on your radio? If so, you could get pulled over. That's one of the potentical consequences of a stupid suggestion this week -- by the self-proclaimed National Safety Council -- that cell phones be banned in cars. They want them done away with. They say that the piecemeal banning of cell phones -- mostly in our most liberal states -- doesn't go far enough. They won't be happy until every cell phone in every car is turned off or broken. Specifically, they say that talking on a cell phone...
  • Gun Accidents Kill 500 Kids a Year (barf alert)

    08/02/2008 4:43:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 75 replies · 1,400+ views
    Momlogic ^ | 1 August, 2008 | NA
    This week, a toddler fatally shot himself after finding a gun in his parent's car. According to Jackson, Miss., authorities, the 3-year-old was sitting in the car at a gas station when he found the gun in the front seat and shot himself in the face. Police questioned the boy's parents, but no charges have been filed. But these aren't freak accidents. More than 500 children die annually from accidental gunshots. Some shoot themselves, while others kill friends or siblings after discovering a gun. Here are more scary stats: Americans own 200 million firearms, and 35 percent of homes contain...
  • Why do fender benders cost so much?

    07/31/2008 5:44:26 PM PDT · by mngran2 · 28 replies · 129+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 7/31/08 | Herb Weisbaum
    There’s a reason cars have bumpers. They’re designed to absorb the impact of a minor crash to prevent damage to fenders, grilles, headlights, taillights, and other expensive parts. For this to work, bumpers on both vehicles must be the same height. That’s why federal regulations require all car bumpers to be 16 to 20 inches off the ground. But federal bumper regulations do not apply to SUVs, pickups, and minivans. Without a regulatory height requirement, the bumpers on these vehicles tend to be higher than car bumpers. It makes them look more sporty and rugged. But in a crash —...
  • Punk Bear Runs Into Motorcyclist

    Bear attacks. You hear about them all the time, but this one in Vermont takes it to the new level. (BERLIN, Vt. — Motorcyclist Neale Gow struck a bear on his way home from work on Sunday and police say he’s lucky to be alive. “At one point, I noticed something appearing in my vision from the left,” Gow said, “It turned out to be a pretty good-sized bear.” Gow said he had little time to react to a large black bear running his way at full speed. He hit the animal in its side.) This makes me wonder whether...
  • Carmageddon 2008

    07/25/2008 11:42:42 AM PDT · by fings · 5 replies · 989+ views
    I’ve tried to show the world that dogs are harmless creatures, just looking to make a positive mark on this world. Then some numbskull canine, thinking he’s above it all,comes along and ruins all my good work. Who’s the dog this time? Well it’s a German Shepherd named Ranger, and get this, he’s a police dog to boot. (OGDEN, Utah — A police dog that was left in a pickup with the engine running apparently knocked the vehicle into gear and ran down a woman who was walking to her mailbox.
  • Regulating Trucks

    07/08/2008 1:50:47 PM PDT · by bs9021 · 49 replies · 117+ views
    Campus Report ^ | July 8, 2008 | Melinda Zosh
    Regulating Trucks by: Melinda Zosh, July 08, 2008 When Atlanta residents Stephen and Susan Owings ate breakfast, prayed and said good-bye to their two college-age sons after Thanksgiving, they had no idea that only one of their sons would return for Christmas. Nearly six years ago, on Dec. 1, 2002, 22-year-old Washington and Lee student Cullum Owings, a business major, died when a 70,000-pound tractor-railer driving 72 m.p.h., the equivalent of a car driving more than 300 m.p.h., slammed into his door. “My rear-view mirror has turned into a time machine,” said Stephen Owings. “Every now and then when I...
  • Accidental Gun Deaths Last Five Years of Record

    05/30/2008 6:47:23 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies · 6,010+ views
    National Safety Council ^ | 30 May, 2008 | Marktwain
    The number of fatal firearms accidents for the last five years of record are: 2002 - 762; 2003 - 730; 2004 - 649; 2005 - 630; 2006 - 680. I had to hunt a bit for this information, which I think many are interested in. The accidental firearm death rate is down 94% since 1905. You have to scroll down a bit on the link to find the figures in the source.
  • A Transportation Alternative In Texas

    04/08/2008 5:44:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies · 228+ views
    The Houstonian ^ | April 8, 2008 | Sally Abdelmottlep
    Cars have been a huge part of our lives. We use them to get around anywhere. It might have been the best invention mankind came up with, but we all hate several common things about cars, such as the cost of gas prices and traffic. We think sometimes in our imagination how awesome it would be if cars had wings, so maybe one day we will fly through terrific! We also despise accidents, high insurance and drunk driving. Sometimes, I feel that we need other alternative means of transportation, such as a subway system in the state of Texas; maybe...
  • Clinton Backers Warn Pelosi

    04/01/2008 3:28:36 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies · 122+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 29 March 2008 | John Semmens
    A group of 20 prominent Hillary Clinton donors sent a letter to House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) warning her to retract her comments that superdelegates ought to mirror the voters’ choice in the primaries. The Clinton supporters wrote Pelosi “we don’t want our investment to be undermined by your uncalled for meddling.” The letter went on to point out that Pelosi’s position could be considered risky, reminding her that “a number of others who have undertaken actions that were detrimental to the Clintons have met with unfortunate accidents. By no means are we saying that the Clintons bear...
  • Police warn gang may stage rear-end collisions, assault motorists (Buffalo NY)

    03/29/2008 5:10:37 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 58 replies · 2,262+ views
    By T.J. Pignataro - News Staff Reporter 03/26/08 A public alert was issued early this evening by Buffalo Police, warning that a gang could be staging rear-end collisions tonight on area roadways and then attacking drivers as part of an initiation ritual. Commissioner H. McCarthy Gipson called an emergency news conference at police headquarters just before 6:30 p.m. to make the announcement. He said police received "credible information" late this afternoon suggesting that the initiation ritual could involve gang member recruits intentionally causing rear-end collisions and then robbing or assaulting the other driver. Gipson suggested motorists be aware of their...
  • Vanity: Help with medical bills (from accident).

    02/20/2008 5:39:29 AM PST · by brownsfan · 9 replies · 303+ views
    2/20/08 | Me
    My daughter, who is 22 now, was in an auto accident last year. She flipped and totalled her car, and damaged her knee. All is ok, thank God. She is on my auto insurance policy. She had health care through her employer. I let her handle all the contacts and coordinate her benefits. Here is the situation. Auto insurance had $10k medical payments. They paid their obligation. Her healthcare insurance has a $2k deductible. The healthcare insurance tells her the auto insurance payments have no effect on the deductible, even though that $10k reduced what the healthcare insurance paid by...
  • Woman dies trying to rescue a dead chicken

    02/18/2008 6:38:49 AM PST · by WesternCulture · 47 replies · 186+ views
    www.thelocal.se ^ | 02172008 | Peter Vinthagen Simpson
    A 63-year-old woman died on Saturday night after falling down a well while trying to fish out a dead chicken. The accident occurred near Ed in Dalsland in western Sweden. According to local police officer Patrik Ahlbom the woman was trying to fish out a dead hen from the well when she fell in herself. The woman fell 2-3 metres and probably died immediately, Ahlbom said. The 63-year-old was found by her husband. The woman was taken to Dalsland's hospital in Bäckefors where she was confirmed dead. Ahlbom reports that the woman's husband suffered from shock following the accident.
  • BREAKING TRAFFIC: PileUp on Hwy 99 Near Kingsburg

    02/12/2008 10:10:44 AM PST · by Enterprise · 7 replies · 89+ views
    KMJ 580 - Fresno ^ | 12 Feb 2008 | Blake Taylor
    More than two dozens cars, trucks and big rigs became entangled in a series of collisions that brought the busy Highway 99 to a virtual standstill Monday morning.