Government officials announced at the second summit on distracted driving held by the Department of Transportation earlier this month that surveys indicated a decline in the use of cell phones while driving, the Associated Press reported. The success is partially attributed to recent legislation enacted in several states banning texting while driving or the use of any handheld mobile device. Thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia have enacted legislation that addresses distracted driving in an attempt to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities resulting from car accidents.
We are in an era when technological advancements continue to occur exponentially. Safety and security in people’s lives has always been a major concern, and a significant amount of time and energy is spent researching new safety technology especially when it comes to preventing automobile related accidents according to an ABC news report. New software in cars alerts drivers who are backing up if there is an object in the way, installed video cameras allow the driver to see into blind spots and cars have even become equipped with the ability to parallel park on their own.
We have talked about the fact that fewer people died in California motorcycle accidents during 2009. But California also had a significant drop in the number of people killed in all traffic accidents.
560 people lost their lives in California motorcycle accidents in 2008. Distracted drivers, unsafe road conditions and many other factors led to these deaths, but the fact remains that California needed to make driving a motorcycle safer in the state. The 2009 traffic statistics revealed good news.
During a highly-publicized bike summit held on August 16 in downtown Los Angeles, L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called for a mandatory bicycle helmet law for all bicyclists across the state. The law would require helmets on bicyclists of all ages, and would be in addition to the law requiring helmets on juvenile riders, which is already in effect.
A California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) maintenance worker was involved in a motorcycle accident on Tuesday morning, September 7. The worker was hit by a motorcycle while removing a dead dog from the northbound Bell Street onramp at Highway 101 in Los Alamos.