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July 2013 Archives

Technology Defect And Distracted Driving Accidents

A safety group is suing Ford Motor Co. on behalf of vehicle owners due to defects in the so-called "infotainment" systems installed in certain vehicles. The Center for Defensive Driving is a non-profit driver safety group that believes Ford's failure to correct defects in the MyFord Touch, MyLincoln Touch and MyMercury Touch systems represents a safety hazard for drivers. Infotainment systems have drawn increasing scrutiny from safety experts as the number of car accidents attributed to distracted driving has grown.

Connected Vehicles Could Prevent Car Accidents

A promising new technology got a boost this week as the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended that all new vehicles be equipped with connected-vehicle capability. The NTSB has estimated that such technology could reduce car accidents not involving impaired drivers by as much as 80 percent. It would do so by allowing vehicles to talk to one another and alert a driver to impending danger. The nature of that warning would be decided by carmakers, but could take the form of an audible alarm, a flashing light or a vibrating steering wheel.

Swimming Pool Safety A Serious Issue For Children And Adults - Part Two

It takes more than the simple presence of an adult to provide a safe swimming environment and prevent drowning. Inexperienced swimmers should wear life jackets, even if they are being actively supervised. Those watching the pool should be trained to identify the signs of distress. Many people have an incorrect idea of what drowning looks like. A drowning victim does not scream for help or wave his or her arms to summon assistance. It is often a very quiet, very subdued event. A child may bob quietly in the water for up to a minute before going under and not coming back up.

Swimming Pool Safety A Serious Issue For Children And Adults - Part One

Swimming is a popular activity during the hot summer weather. A visit to a residential or community pool can be fun, but it also carries the risk of drowning if proper safety measures are not observed. While pool owners should be aware of the dangers involved, all parents should take the time to ensure that their children will be safe when they are in or near a swimming pool. This is particularly true for parents of children under the age of 5. Children in that age group are the victims of more than three-quarters of all pool and spa drowning deaths, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The Deadliest Month For Car Accidents

Warm weather and the Fourth of July Weekend contribute to making July the deadliest month of the year in terms of traffic fatalities. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration motor vehicle accident numbers from 2005 to 2011 show that more fatalities occur in July than in any other month. The data shows that July, August and September combine to form the deadliest time of year in terms of total car accident fatalities. A study by Driving-Tests.org compiled the NHTSA data to demonstrate that summer months are a dangerous time to be on the roads, particularly for teen drivers.

Safe Driving And The 4th Of July

Summer holidays offer a chance for people to enjoy the weather and get together with friends and family. Unfortunately, they also come with a spike in car accidents and other personal injury incidents. Police throughout Illinois are preparing for an enforcement push meant to cut down on drinking and driving, failure to wear a seatbelt and other safety concerns. The Illinois Department of Transportation has provided funding to allow law enforcement officials a greater opportunity to catch those who violate traffic laws. Lake County Sheriff Mark C. Curran Jr. was quoted as saying "our officers will be out in full force this Fourth of July showing zero tolerance for drunk drivers and seat-belt law violators."

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