Almost everybody looks forward to the holiday season—and why wouldn’t they? Thanksgiving, Christmas and other special days are a time of celebration where friends and family gather and look a the positive in a world that’s often overshadowed by bad news.
We love our fair state, but updating roads and infrastructure do not often get the attention they deserve. There is now a new study by the non-profit Washington, DC-based TRIP that has determined that 14 percent of state and local bridges totaling 1,821 in number are “structurally deficient” due to significant deterioration of the supports, decks and other major parts. This is the seventh highest rate in the country.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is alarmed by the surge in the number of pedestrian deaths in recent years. It cites a 46 percent increase between 2009-2016 (the most recent year with data available). That spike includes 5,987 deaths in 2016, which is the most since 1990.
The Allstate Insurance Company compiles a list of the motor vehicle accident claims it receives each year. It then breaks them down into 200 metro areas across the country. The number 1 ranked Brownsville, Texas was determined to be the safest place to drive. At the bottom of the list was Baltimore, Maryland. The New Orleans metro area ranked 180, which means that we truly live in one of the most hazardous places to drive in the United States. This low ranking may come as no surprise to drivers here in Covington, and it does not come as a surprise to carrier, which ranked the area at 180 the previous year as well.
Riding motorcycles continues to be the epitome of risky behavior that can lead to severe injury or death. Now the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) voted 5-0 to recommend that motorcycle manufacturers institute some updated technology to improve the safety of motorcycles built for road.
A driver of a Chevy Tahoe hit two bicyclists riding in rural West Feliciana Parish, killing Baton Rouge Metro Council member Buddy Amoroso and seriously injuring another cyclist riding with him.
It is sometimes amazing to think of the many different things in place to keep drivers and their passenger safe. Some people may even overlook the number of lives that are saved by preventing motor vehicle accidents with something as simple as a stop sign. Unfortunately, a Louisiana woman recently lost her life in an accident.
If we are to believe the hype generated by tech gurus at Tesla, Google, Delphi and MobileEye’s Level 4 system as well as car manufacturers, fully automated cars are going to be hitting the roads in large numbers in the next few years. There is even a limited form of autopilot used by Tesla and others currently. But while this all may be the case, there is the pressing need of refining the yet to be developed artificial intelligence (AI) technology to safely operate these cars. Further to go than people think
We Americans love to celebrate July 4th. So many fond memories of spending time with family and friends, picnicking or BBQ-ing in the yard, or perhaps escaping the heat by spending time on the water. But the combination of traveling to see fireworks and the late hour after a long day in the sun makes for dangerous roads. This holiday is one of the deadliest of the year for motor vehicle accidents due to drinking and driving.
Alcohol impaired driving has long been a major factor in motor vehicle accidents and fatalities. But a Governors Highway Safety Association study finds that over 50 percent of the fatal crashes involve marijuana, opioids or a combination of the two in the system of the driver. The report’s data is from two sources: NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and NHTSA roadside surveys in the United States and Canada.