Safety

Seat Belt Replacement After a Car Accident

Should you replace the driver’s seat belt after an accident?  Absolutely.  In fact, the seat belt for all occupied passengers should be replaced as well. My daughter was recently rear-ended by a 90 year old woman who could not walk without the aid of a walker.  As a result, we had to get an estimate... Read More »

Austin Traffic Deaths Down in 2017

On Austin roads last year the number of traffic deaths in 2017 fell to 76.  This was the second consecutive year in which there was a decrease, from 79 in 2016, following a record-setting spike in 2015, when 102 people died. Although several of the crashes in 2017 had multiple victims, the total number of... Read More »

Driving under the Influence … of your meds!

It turns out many folks have no idea that their prescription medications make driving dangerous and put them at risk for a DUI arrest. A recent 2017 study looked at data from the 2013-2014 National Roadside Survey, in which drivers across America were asked about drug use, including prescription drugs. Almost 20 percent said they... Read More »

Study: New-car info tech is distracting and dangerous

New-model cars are loaded with more driver distractions than ever before, including navigation systems that take an average of 40 seconds to program, according to a study of more than two dozen 2017 vehicles. “It’s a staggering increase in the technology and complexity of the vehicle in the last two to three years,” said David... Read More »

Truck Drivers with Sleep Apnea Pose Danger to Public

The Federal Railroad Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said late last week that they are no longer pursuing the regulation that would require testing for the fatigue-inducing disorder that has been blamed for deadly rail crashes in New York City and New Jersey and several highway crashes.   The agencies argue that it... Read More »

Traffic deaths surged last year

Traffic deaths surged last year

Traffic deaths surged last year

Traffic deaths surged about 8 percent in the first nine months of last year, continuing an alarming upward spiral that may be partially explained by more Americans on the roads due to the economic recovery, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates released Friday. The sharp increase comes as drivers are putting more miles... Read More »

230 DWI Arrests in Austin over Holidays

Austin police made 230 drunken driving arrests over 19 days this holiday season, compared with 229 arrests over 17 days last year, police officials said Tuesday. Of the 230 people arrested from Dec. 15 to Monday, 82 consented to a breath alcohol test and 29 consented to a blood draw. Police had to get a... Read More »

Truck Speed Limiter Rules Could Falter

Truck Speed Limiter Rules Could Falter

Truck Speed Limiter Rules Could Falter

Highway safety advocates are worried that a government rule that would electronically limit speeds of tractor-trailers could be scuttled or ignored by the administration of President-elect Donald Trump. The rule proposed by two federal agencies would cap the speed of newly manufactured trucks at 60, 65 or 68 miles per hour. A public comment period... Read More »

Pedestrian Deaths Up this Year

Pedestrian Deaths Up this Year

Pedestrian Deaths Up this Year

Pedestrian deaths are up this year - a third of the people who have died on Austin roadways in 2016 so far were on foot when they were killed, according to Austin police records. The tally of pedestrian deaths steadily rose throughout the year, but a rash of fatal crashes in November helped push that number... Read More »

Holiday Tips to Avoid Dangerous Drivers

Holiday Tips to Avoid Dangerous Drivers

Holiday Tips to Avoid Dangerous Drivers

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is urging drivers to help make the holidays safer by driving sober and using extra caution and have provided some tips to avoid dangerous drivers. In an effort to protect travelers on our roadways, DPS Troopers, as well as local law enforcement across the state, will conduct traffic... Read More »