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November 2018 Archives

Tractor trailer course aims to reduce accidents

Potential truck drivers in Georgia and across the southern states may benefit from a new course offered by Tennessee Community College that teaches commercial truck driving safety. The course instructor has driven semi trucks and trailers for over a decade and has logged countless hours in the profession. His goal is helping future truck drivers learn the responsibility of driving safely when operating a semi-truck.

Distracted driving on the rise during holiday season

A survey from the app-based insurer Root Insurance shows that one-third of Americans who shop on mobile devices have done so while behind the wheel. Of those, 83 percent engaged in this dangerous activity during the holiday season. Residents of Georgia may not be surprised by this trend. Part of the reason for it is that many drivers have retailer apps that notify them about "lightning deals." The sense of urgency leads them to unsafe practices.

Holiday driving tips for staying safe on I-75

If you plan on traveling by car this holiday season on I-75 within the state of Georgia or beyond, it can be helpful to know some tips that can keep you safe on the road. Driving safety is especially important for those who have been driving for many years because experienced drivers may neglect basic safety precautions due to their familiarity behind the wheel.

Georgia man struck and killed while pushing car

A 23-year-old Georgia man was killed during the early morning hours of Nov. 16 when he was struck by a car as he pushed a disabled vehicle on Forsyth Road in Macon. Deputies from the Bibb County Sheriff's Office are said to be investigating the crash, but media accounts suggest that no charges have been filed against the 42-year-old woman behind the wheel of the Acura sedan that struck the man.

Couple killed in South Carolina crash

With Thanksgiving coming up, roads will be especially busy in South Carolina and across the U.S. As a result, the risk of car accidents could go up. For example, two people were killed and three others were injured in a multi-car wreck in South Carolina on Nov. 14. According to the Richland County Coroner's Office, the deceased victims were a married couple.

Fatigue warnings aim to reduce trucking accidents

Truck driver fatigue can present a real danger to people on the roads in Georgia. When truck drivers are too exhausted to drive safely, it could lead to catastrophic accidents. Due to the size, mass and weight of commercial trucks, other vehicles are at a distinct disadvantage in case of a crash. Indeed, truck accidents can be deadly to occupants of smaller cars. Therefore, reducing the threat posed by fatigue is an important issue for improving trucking safety.

Staying safe when driving in direct sunlight

The early mornings and late afternoons in Georgia, as elsewhere, pose a specific challenge to drivers because these are the times when the sun is at its brightest. Driving in bright sunlight can increase one's risk for a fatal car crash by 16 percent; the light can create visual illusion, hurt the eyes and impede driving in various other ways.

Tips to avoid injury or death on the road

Georgia residents and others who are 44 or younger are most likely to die because of an unintended injury. This is according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). However, there are ways to minimize the chances that a person is the victim of an unintentional injury. For instance, individuals should be sure to never drive while impaired by alcohol or any other substance.

MGM Resorts and mass shooting victims agree to mediation

Georgia residents may be aware that MGM Resorts, which owns and operates the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, was widely criticized in the wake of a mass shooting in October 2017 that claimed 58 lives and left 851 people injured. Hotel security measures were questioned when it was learned that the shooter checked in to the facility with at least 10 suitcases filled with weapons. He later opened fire on a busy crowd from the window of his 32nd-floor room.

Semi-truck accident spills cows onto interstate in Cobb County

Driving along the interstate is difficult enough. Motorists contend with increasing traffic, distracted driving and construction zones on a daily basis. Motor vehicle accidents, while down overall, are still a major source of frustration for commuters. While most have become numb to the frequent occurrence of traffic jams caused by accidents on I-75, on Oct. 1, 2018, Cobb County commuters contended with several obstacles caused by an early-morning crash: cows.

Distracted driving crackdown results in decreased fatalities

In mid-2018, the governor of Georgia signed the "Hands-Free Georgia Act" into law, which made it illegal to use a handheld telecommunication device while operating a vehicle. Less than three months after the bill was passed, a Georgia state senator posted an online video made while he was driving down the highway. The public became outraged over the video, which has since been removed.

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