Too many states in America still do not have laws making the wearing of seat belts compulsory in the rear seats.Continue reading “Making Seat Belts Compulsory in the Rear Seats”
An excellent Op-Ed from an informed and responsible media company:
“…[The Virginia] General Assembly is considering bills that would relax the threshold for reckless driving from 80 to 85 mph on… high-speed interstate highways.
The “16 Lifesaving Laws” Pursued by the Advocates
Based on government and private research, crash data and state experience, Advocates has determined the traffic safety laws listed below are critical to reducing motor vehicle deaths and injuries. For the purposes of this report, states are only given credit if the state law meets the optimal safety provisions as defined below. No credit is given for laws that fail to fully meet the criteria in this report. Also, no credit is given for laws that are subject to secondary enforcement or for GDL laws that permit an exemption based on driver education programs.
Alcohol-impaired Driving Fatalities in the USA
According to the ‘Road Safety Annual Report 2019 – USA’, there were 10,874 fatalities in “alcohol-impaired driving crashes.”
Back in 1992, the World Medical Association [WMA] recommended that no country in the world should permit drivers to have a blood-alcohol concentration [BAC] higher than 0.05 percent, on the basis that medical research had proved anything above this level created an unacceptable level of risk.
Singapore might not be a country that springs readily to mind when thinking about an effective fight against distracted driving but they have an excellent way to combat cell phone use by drivers.
According to ABC News, animal cruelty is now a federal felony.We have no problem with this scenario whatsoever, except to ask that if animal cruelty warrants classification as a federal felony, why are people who drive drunk, drugged, distracted or plain dangerously, and kill someone as a result, not treated in the same ‘federal felony’ manner?
What is this if not an astonishing and frankly inexplicable imbalance of priorities?
News Release — Washington DC — Oct. 2, 2019
The National Transportation Safety Board Wednesday called for new national requirements for seating and seat belt systems on limousines, citing evidence gathered in investigations of accidents in New York, Illinois and New Jersey.
The NTSB’s Safety Recommendation Report recommended that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration require lap/shoulder belts for each passenger seating position on all new vehicles modified to be used as limousines. It also requires seating systems in these vehicles to meet minimum performance standards to ensure their integrity during a crash.
One area of great concern to us at Road Safety USA is the welfare of state troopers and other emergency services personnel at traffic stops and highway incidents. In the interests of full disclosure, the writer of this post is himself a retired traffic patrol police officer.
The problem appears to be the same on both sides of the Atlantic: distraught people who have just lost a partner, a parent, a sibling or a child, are repeatedly being told that a driver responsible for their tragic loss is only going to be charged with a low-ranking offence or maybe not charged at all.
This 40-minute video shows that victims in Britain are just as devastated by reluctance on the part of prosecutors as have been many of the people I have spoken to here in the USA in just the past few days.