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October 2018 Archives

Programs aim to reduce truck driver fatigue

Truck accidents can pose a major threat to motorists on the roads in Oklahoma. These crashes can be particularly dangerous if the truck driver involved is fatigued, distracted or otherwise impaired. Estimates indicate that up to 100,000 crashes each year are caused by drowsy driving. Many companies are looking for technological solutions that can reduce the risk of severe crashes.

AAA underscores the need for more supervision of teen drivers

Parents of teen drivers in Oklahoma may have heard that National Teen Driver Safety Week was held in October. As part of this program, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released some research data showing how teen drivers often face increased risks for fatal accidents.

Limo in deadly New York crash had bad brakes

Every year, thousands of Oklahoma residents hire chauffeured limousines to drive them to special events, such as weddings and parties. When they do so, they expect the vehicle to be well-maintained and safe. However, not all limo companies take that responsibility seriously.

About LBD

Oklahoma residents should know that Lewy body dementia, or LBD, is a progressive brain disorder that affects 1.4 million people in the United States. It is a condition in which alpha-synuclein protein deposits accumulate in the parts of the brain that control movement, behavior and cognition. LBD is very underdiagnosed because its symptoms are very similar to well-known medical conditions such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. In fact, many medical professionals, including physicians, have no familiarity with LBD.

Safety technologies more limited than people think

Drivers on Oklahoma roadways are likely to overestimate the abilities of vehicle safety technologies like adaptive cruise control, according to the results of a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. A senior researcher on the project said that a substantial proportion of the people who responded were unaware of the limitations of the technologies. The study suggests that American drivers may need more education before they are ready to switch to self-driving cars, which require the drivers to be alert and ready to take the wheel.

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