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Are Your Fellow Motorists Facebooking Behind the Wheel?

Texting and driving has become a major cause of car accidents in Louisiana and elsewhere. Some motorists may even go a step further by using Facebook, Twitter, or taking selfies while driving. According to an AT&T poll, 4 out of 10 smartphone users are on social media while driving. AT&T’s research studied the distracted driving habits of 2,000 people with smartphones. The research discovered 61 percent text message, 28 percent surf the internet, 25 percent browse Facebook and 17 percent take selfies. An additional 10 percent, and this is very frightening, video chat with friends while driving. Let’s explore how dangerous this is for a moment. It only takes five seconds of driving at 55 mph to traverse a distance greater than a football field. If a motorist travelling at 55 mph took his or her eyes off the road for 5 to 10 seconds to post on Facebook, they…
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Louisiana’s Plan for Reducing Motorcycle Accidents

Louisiana’s motorcycle safety program can help motorcyclists learn important skills for survival on the road. The Louisiana Motorcycle Safety, Awareness, and Operator Training Program offers courses that can teach motorcyclists riding strategies to avoid accidents and how to improve visibility. Depending on the course, motorcyclists can learn advanced braking, evasive maneuvering and swerving techniques. These courses are important for anyone who rides. Even experienced motorcyclists may lack the skills and knowledge to stay safe while riding. Motorcycle accidents in Louisiana kill almost 100 people every year. In 2015, there were 1,951 motorcycle accidents, 80 of which were fatal. Surviving a motorcycle accident can also have significant consequences. Motorcycle accident survivors can suffer from traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries. By offering these courses throughout the state, motorcyclists are given a chance to learn skills that can help them avoid death or catastrophic injuries. The courses offered can help beginner,…
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How New Safety Proposals Can Help You Avoid Truck Accidents

Federal regulators are fed up with dangerous trucking companies. New policy proposals announced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) would make it easier to keep dangerous trucking companies off the road. Under the old rules, the FMCSA would rely on roadside inspections to flag dangerous trucking companies for audits. Afterwards, the FMCSA would audit the company and look for violations. Violations include poor maintenance practices, abysmal alcohol and drug testing policies and ignoring hours-of-service rules. FMCSA inspections can take several days and the agency can only audit 15,000 trucking companies annually. The new rules would allow the FMCSA to use information from roadside inspections to shut down dangerous trucking companies. Under this new policy, the FMCSA could examine 75,000 carriers each month. The new policy would allow the FMCSA to assess 60 times the number of trucking companies each year! Although the FMCSA will be putting more trucking…
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