North America News - October 2014

Groups sue to force FMCSA to issue driver training rule

A labor union and two safety advocacy groups have asked a federal appeals court to order the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to issue a final rule setting minimum standards for...

Drunk driving sentences can be severe

When a person is arrested for driving while intoxicated, the culprit could be drugs or alcohol, points out Batesville Police Department Lt. Doug Wolfer.

Of 16 citations given during...

Seattle Tops U.S. for Pedestrian Safety as Detroit Trails

Seattle, where a crowd of football fans celebrating a Super Bowl victory waited at a crosswalk for a signal change this year, is the safest U.S. city for pedestrians, according to a study by...

Drivers Admit to Some Risky Behaviors in Inaugural Rutgers-Eagleton, New Jersey Medical School Public Health Poll

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – In a state famous for its turnpike and infamous for traffic, tolls and “Jersey drivers,” a new partnership between the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll and Rutgers New Jersey Medical...

Cruise Control May Prevent Speeding, But Slow Reaction Times

As cars become increasingly automated, researchers are looking at who’s the better driver: the human or the car.

Most cars and trucks now come equipped with cruise control–which allows a...

NHTSA Investigating Nearly One Million Ford Vehicles For Possible Power Steering Defect

The investigators over at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have had their work cut out for them this year. And that workload doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon, as...

Voice Activation Systems Distract Drivers, Study Says

Do not Siri and drive.

New research shows that serious distraction can result when drivers use Siri, Apple’s voice activation system, to navigate, send and receive texts, use Facebook or...

FMCSA eyes ‘alternative compliance’ for motor carriers

SAN DIEGO. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is mulling over the possibility of giving motor carriers regulatory flexibility or other benefits if their safety efforts go beyond...

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