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2011 December Archive

Holiday Traffic Accidents Claim 4 Lives in Georgia

By Wayne Grant on December 29, 2011 - Comments off

On Friday, December 23, at 6:00 p.m., the Christmas holiday travel weekend began, and, according to the Roswell Patch, it claimed four lives by the time it ended on Monday, December 26 at midnight based on Georgia Department of Public Safety (DPS) statistics.

The four Georgia traffic fatalities from this weekend included two reported by Cobb County Police, one reported by Atlanta Police, and one reported by the Georgia State Patrol (GSP) post in Wilkes County. The Roswell Police Department conducted nine DUI stops over the holiday weekend, but there were no fatalities. Read the rest »



Impaired Neurocognitive Abilities in Young Adults Linked to VLBW

By Wayne Grant on December 26, 2011 - Comments off

Very Low Birth Weight, or VLBW, is dangerous for the health of a newborn, and, according to a recent study published in Neurology, its effects may continue through young adulthood. According to Medscape.com, the study concludes that newborns with VLBW tend to have deficiencies in neurocognitive abilities once they become young adults. It is no surprise that severely preterm births are already associated with impaired mental faculties in children, but there are not many studies that follow-up on these results as the children grow older. “Neurocognitive Abilities in Young Adults with Very Low Birth Weight” is that follow-up study.

Within this study, as part of the Helsinki Study of Very Low Birth Weight Adults, two groups of more than 100 adults each were subjected to a battery of tests. One group included young adults who had been born with VLBW and the other included young adults who had normal birth weight. The tests evaluated general cognitive ability in addition to executive functioning and related abilities. Academic performance was also considered. The study concluded that: Read the rest »



Georgia Not Yet Making a Move on NTSB Recommendation for All Cell Phone Ban

By Wayne Grant on December 23, 2011 - Comments off

Soon after the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) banned commercial large truck drivers and bus drivers from using any hand-held cell phone while operating the vehicle, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) made its recommendation to the nation’s 50 states to ban all non-emergency, portable electronic devices, including hands-free for all drivers. The NTSB made this recommendation following the conclusion that the initial cause of a devastating accident in Missouri was caused by cell phone use.

What started as a rear-end collision turned into a fatal multi-car pile -up when the 19-year-old driver of a GMC Sierra pickup truck rear-ended a trailer-less Volvo truck-tractor. This initial crash was followed by two more as a 71-passenger school bus rear-ended the pickup truck and then was rear-ended itself by a second, 72-passenger school bus. This accident resulted in two deaths and 35 injuries. The driver of the GMC Sierra had sent/received 11 text messages in the 11 minutes preceding the accident. Read the rest »



CPSC Issues Holiday Decorating Safety Alert

By Wayne Grant on December 21, 2011 - Comments off

Part of the fun during the holidays is decorating the house and, of course, the Christmas tree. But decorations and decorating are not without their risks. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) receives hundreds of reports of injury and/or property damage every year during November and December as the result of Christmas tree and candle fires, broken ornaments, and other dangerous situations. In order to help families and their homes stay safe and avoid personal injury this decorating season, the CPSC and Underwriting Laboratories (UL) offer the following decorating tips:

  • If you are buying a live Christmas tree, check for freshness. A dry tree is a fire hazard.
  • Set up your tree away from heat sources, such as radiators, fireplaces, and vents.
  • If you are going the artificial route for a tree, make sure it is labeled as “Fire Resistant.” Remember that this does not mean “fire proof,” however. Read the rest »


American Motorcyclist Association Gives Advice to Beginning Riders

By Wayne Grant on December 16, 2011 - Comments off

Not everyone comes to the decision to take up motorcycling in the same way, but regardless of why a person decides to learn to ride, there is a proper way to do it. The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) offers the following tips for new riders so they may never regret their decision to join the motorcycling world:

  1. Get your license, be legal. It’s all about attitude. Both unlicensed and licensed riders may have skill and experience, but licensed riders tend to take motorcycling more seriously, and thus are involved in fewer accidents. Start off right and get your license.
  2. Take a training course. Knowing someone who rides is great, but he or she is not usually the best choice when you need someone to train you. Go with an objective and licensed professional. Read the rest »


U.S. DOT Announces Lowest Number of Annual Traffic Deaths in Over 60 Years

By Wayne Grant on December 15, 2011 - Comments off

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traffic accidents are the leading cause of fatalities in the U.S. among those between the ages of 5 and 34, but, according to a recent announcement by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), traffic fatalities have dropped to the lowest level in the last six decades.

Updated injury and fatality data from 2010 found the total number of traffic-related deaths that year to have dropped to 32,885, the lowest level since 1949, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This decline occurred despite the increase in the number of miles traveled. In 2010, U.S. motorists travelled almost 46 billion miles more than the previous year. Furthermore: Read the rest »



Honda Recall Expanded to Over 1.7 Million Vehicles due to Frontal Airbag Defect

By Wayne Grant on December 9, 2011 - Comments off

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in cooperation with the American Honda Motor Co., has expanded its June recall of Honda and Acura vehicles affected by a defective driver’s side airbag inflator to about 1,709,477. The expansion includes 272,779 vehicles, 640 defective replacement airbags, and another 603,241 vehicles in which the defective replacement airbags may have been installed.

The defect involves the driver’s side airbag inflator, which could produce an excessive amount of internal pressure in the event of a vehicle crash that necessitates the deployment of the airbag. This buildup of pressure could cause a rupture in the inflator, resulting in the release of metal fragments into the vehicle that can injure the driver and passengers. The affected vehicles include model year(s): Read the rest »



Avoid Runaway Truck Accidents in Georgia

By Wayne Grant on December 2, 2011 - Comments off

Commercial trucks go by multiple names: big rigs, tractor trailers, semis, or 18 wheelers. They exist in a special class of vehicles, which weigh up to 80,000 pounds and that are the largest and heaviest on the highways. They are required to operate under strict safety standards set forth by the state and federal government. Any miscalculation or neglect in the operation of large commercial vehicles leaves other motor vehicle drivers extremely vulnerable, and can result in tragic large truck accidents.

A crash is typically classified as a runaway truck accident for a number of factors, all of which usually include problems with speeding. This type of accident happens if the velocity of the trailer in tow does not equal the velocity of the truck. This often results in a loss of steering control, greatly increasing the chance of accidents. And in some instances, the back trailer may come loose from the truck to careen treacherously along the highway, creating deadly threats to surrounding motorists. Read the rest »



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