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October 2018 Archives

Greater regulation urged to fight drug-impaired driving

As an increasing number of cities in Pennsylvania decriminalize cannabis, reflecting a national trend toward legalization, transportation safety officials are warning about the dangers of impaired driving. The National Transportation Safety Board called for the development of standards to determine when a driver is too impaired by cannabis to operate a vehicle safely. While the standards for alcohol intoxication have been set and are measured in blood alcohol concentration, no such consensus exists about the influence of cannabis on driving ability.

Video system aims to reduce truck accidents

Drivers in Pennsylvania may be particularly concerned about the catastrophic danger of big rig accidents. There are a number of issues that can lead to commercial truck crashes, including excessive driving and the resulting truck driver fatigue. In response to the threat posed by fatigued or distracted drivers, some companies have attempted to develop technological solutions that monitor safety issues and could help to avoid accidents.

Reducing future delirium in ICU patients

A medical patient only visits the ICU under severe circumstances. While this means that he or she is likely in a medical crisis of some sort, studies show that the ICU experience itself has long-term effects on the body and brain. Patients who undergo such treatment have a higher risk of delirium later in life.

Traffic fatalities down overall

Between 2016 and 2017, crash fatalities were down for a number of different types of collisions. According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) oversees, fewer pedestrians died in car crashes as well as those in passenger cars or light vans. While the overall trend was seen as good news, traffic fatalities did not decline for large truck drivers or in urban areas.

Drivers overestimate car safety systems

Technology has made vehicles safer than ever before with advanced safety features such as automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring systems and adaptive cruise control. A new study done by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that most drivers in Pennsylvania and across the United States don't understand that the safety technology has limitations and that most drivers overestimate the protection that such features offer.

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