U.S. Department Of Transportation Takes On Texting While Driving
December 31. 2010 16:58 by
A distracted driver is a dangerous driver. In 2009 alone, nearly 5500 people lost their lives and half a million people were injured due to distracted drivers. In an effort to curb these dangers, federal regulators are proposing new rules prohibiting commercial truck drivers from texting while transporting hazardous materials. This compliments rules already in place that prevent commercial bus drivers and truck drivers from texting on the job. The federal government is also working with private sector groups to promote distracted driving policies in the workplace. The goal of these new regulations is to get drivers to put down their phones and focus on the road. We have all seen the dangers that texting and cell phone use can cause on our highways. No text message is worth the life of another.
The Department of Transportaion press release can be viewed here.
Dallas Tractor Trailer Driver Will Be Charged With Homicide In Fatal Accident
December 31. 2010 16:37 by
A Dallas commercial truck driver will be charged with homicide by vehicle, involuntary manslaughter, and recklessly endangering another person as a result of a fatal three vehicle accident. The truck driver, who was hauling several thousand pounds of steel pipe, ran a red light at an intersection, colliding with two other trucks. The drivers of one of the other trucks was killed. It is not yet disclosed at this time if the accident occurred due to driver inattention, brake failure, or some other reason, but the company that the Dallas driver worked for had a truck inspection failure rate of nineteen percent. This is another unfortunate tragedy that could have been avoided. Read more here
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Police Officers Increase Efforts To Stop Drunk Driving
December 31. 2010 15:10 by
In an effort to combat drunk driving, Dallas Police Officers and the Texas Highway Patrol will have additional patrols on the road this New Year's Eve, especially in high risk areas. Officers will also be participating in a "no refusal" initiative, requiring suspected drunk drivers to submit to blood samples if the driver refuses to take traditional sobriety tests. San Antonio intends to take this enforcement a step further by implementing "no refusal" intiatives every weekend on a year round basis. These efforts to keep drunk drivers off the road are not without controversy. DUI defense attorneys believe "no refusal" initiatives can actually complicate efforts to prosecute drunk drivers because taking someone's blood involuntarily can result in motions to surpess based on improper search warrants, thereby keeping evidence gained from the blood tests out of the courtroom. To read more, click here