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Alarming rise in drugged driving deaths alerts U.S. regulators

11/4/2016 - Although U.S. traffic fatalities have decreased overall during the past couple of decades,...

Alcohol industry deploys fear tactics to ensure politicians keep cannabis illegal, secret DNC emails reveal

8/12/2016 - Buried in a trove of emails from the campaign of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, and mysteriously obtained by WikiLeaks, was an email newsletter sent to political insiders that contained something interesting: a paid advertisement from the alcohol...

Driving while dehydrated found to be as dangerous as driving drunk

8/12/2015 - With 68% of all vehicle crashes in the UK being attributed to driver errors, one may be inclined to improve driver education programs or come down harder on intoxicated drivers in order to improve safety on the roads. Or, maybe they just need to be reminded to drink more water. New research has...

Researchers prove your car can be tracked using just your starting location and driving speed

8/21/2014 - Technology has definitely improved society, and in this Information Age in which we live, technology will only continue to make life simpler and much more enjoyable. But not everything has improved with technology. In fact, technology has made some things infinitely worse, like protecting our privacy...

Prescription drug use now causing more driving fatalities than alcohol

7/2/2014 - According to a study published in the Public Health Reports, driving under the influence of prescription drugs is becoming a large problem in society, causing more fatal driving accidents than ever before. Today, driving fatalities due to driving under the influence of prescription drugs, including...

Court rules that having facial acne while driving constitutes probable cause for police to detain you

5/12/2014 - A federal appeals court has recently ruled that driving a vehicle with your hands at the "ten and two" position is reason enough for police to pull you over, even if no traffic laws have been violated. Additionally, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled, a driver having facial acne...

Proposed NJ law to ban eating, snacking while driving

12/5/2013 - Once upon a time, there were not so many driving laws, and drivers didn't need to wonder if they were doing everything by the book every time they saw a cop car. Granted, life has gotten more complicated, especially with technological advances, but it started getting too weird with seat belt laws for...

Driving with kids in the car 12 times more distracting than a cell phone

5/23/2013 - Your local police department could soon be adding to its revenue stream with the implementation of so-called "distracted driving" laws, which would fine drivers for talking on their cell phones, texting, and engaging in other activities that steal their attention from the road. And a new investigation...

'Sex' makes you speed, while 'cancer' makes you crash: How billboards affect drivers

2/22/2013 - Emotionally charged billboards actually hamper people's ability to drive, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Alberta and published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention. Driver distraction is one of the primary causes of motor vehicle accidents, the researchers...

Amazing precision driving stunt driver Ken Block demonstrates stunning mastery in 'Gymkhana' video

8/2/2012 - I greatly admire people who have mastered the art of their choice. Whether it's gymnasts, artists, scientists, mathematicians, poets or martial artists, people who achieve greatness in their particular area of interest offer inspiration. If you've never seen a video of Ken Block, the master of precision...

Public vigil red alert: Raw milk advocate James Stewart seized by armed bounty hunters driving unmarked vehicles with no plates

7/27/2012 - James Stewart, the 65-year-old raw "milk man" and founder of Rawesome Foods, was assaulted near his home today by three armed men driving unmarked luxury vehicles with no license plates. Carrying firearms on their hips and dressed in gangster-style street clothes, Satanic T-shirt imagery and tattoos,...

South Carolina mother billed for street cleaning, vehicle removal after undocumented immigrant kills her son in drunk driving accident

7/7/2012 - A South Carolina mother has had to cover the costs associated with cleanup after an undocumented immigrant living in the area struck and killed her son while driving drunk. WYFF4.com in Greenville reports that Loretta Robinson was billed for the towing and storage of her son Justin's car, as well as...

TSA agent commits felony by pretending to be police officer, harassing woman for driving too slow

8/5/2011 - Angry that a woman was driving a few miles below the speed limit, Donald Eichler, a 63-year-old US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent from Connecticut, decided to drive dangerously close to her, and pull out his TSA badge while off duty and pretend to be a police officer in order to...

Many drivers are literally asleep behind the wheel, study finds

11/10/2010 - A new study released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has found that nearly half of all drivers have dozed off or fallen asleep while driving at least once in their lives. In fact, according to the data, most drivers that are not under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, speeding, texting,...

Texting, talking while driving kills thousands every year

10/17/2010 - A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health is one of the first of its kind to analyze the effects of driving while talking on a mobile phone or "texting". According to the findings, roughly 16,000 people died between 2001 and 2007 due to mobile phone-related traffic accidents. "Our...

Driving While Medicated: 72 Percent of Older Drivers Have No Idea Their Meds Impair Driving

2/2/2010 - Even though the vast majority of elderly drivers use one or more medications, few of them area aware of the effects that their drugs can have on driving performance, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of Alabama-Birmingham and released as a report by the nonprofit AAA...

Eating Beef More Destructive to Environment than Driving a Car

12/18/2007 - The environmental footprint of producing just over two pounds of beef is greater than that of driving a car for three hours, according to a Japanese study reported on "New Scientist." A research team led by Akifumi Ogino of the National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science in Tsukuba, Japan...

Ambien sleeping pills linked to bizarre sleep walking behavior, including unconscious driving of vehicles and wild hallucinations

6/8/2006 - Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed: "So do you use sleeping tablets to organize yourself?" Colin Powell: "Yes. Well, I wouldn't call them that. They're a wonderful medication -- not medication. How would you call it? They're called Ambien, which is very good. You don't use Ambien? Everybody here uses Ambien." --...

Driving with a cell phone is a lot less dangerous than driving on prescription drugs

5/28/2005 - There's a lot of debate today about the safety of using cell phones while driving. Statistics show that those who use cell phones while driving cause a much greater percentage of accidents than those who avoid using their cell phones. And the studies have shown that it's not just the physical coordination...

Automobile black boxes nail speeders and dangerous drivers by recording speeds and driving habits

7/22/2004 - Although I remain a strong supporter of personal privacy, I believe that black box technology in automobiles is an excellent idea that should be used in the United States, too. Why? Because there are far too many dangerous drivers who know they can get away with unsafe driving habits simply because...

Actual gas mileage of hybrid vehicles varies greatly with driving habits

5/24/2004 6:40:24 AM - Experience is showing that the actual gas mileage achieved by hybrid vehicles like the Toyota Prius depends strongly on the driving habits of their owners. The big culprits? Speeding (over 70mph), hard braking and hard acceleration. In other words, if you're trying to drive your Prius like a...

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