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02.08

California’s newest bicycle safety law will soon be in effect

If you regularly walk or ride a bike in the Bay Area, chances are good that you have been frustrated by hazards posed by motor vehicles. Most U.S. roads were built with only motorized traffic in mind, which means that sidewalks, crosswalks and other pedestrian accommodations are often poorly designed and maintained. It’s no wonder […]

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02.08

Could better pay solve the problem of truck driver fatigue?

While most of us drive simply to get where we’re going, commercial truck drivers drive for a living. In light of this and in light of the fact that they are driving the largest and most dangerous vehicles on the road, it stands to reason that truckers should be better and safer drivers than the […]

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02.08

In CA and other states, more study needed on pot-impaired driving

Drunk driving has long been a problem in the United States. Moreover, it is a highly researched and well-documented problem. There is no dispute that drunk driving is dangerous and deadly. But marijuana, on the other hand, remains a problem, in part, because its effects on driving ability are a matter of significant debate. It […]

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02.08

Two important reminders about the dangers of distracted driving

Many of our previous posts have focused on the serious hazard of distracted driving. Californians are fortunate to live in a state with among the most restrictive laws governing cellphone use behind the wheel. But distracted driving remains a serious risk, and it continues to cause car accidents on California roads and highways. In today’s […]

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02.08

Study says driver fatigue is responsible for 20 percent of crashes

Are you among the millions of California residents with an early-morning commute? Do you sometimes work long hours that have you driving home late at night? Do you find yourself on "autopilot" while traveling after a stressful day at the office? If so, you may be in more danger than you think. Oakland residents often […]

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02.08

Bay Area board passes pedestrian safety proposal

In 2012 alone, approximately 1,000 pedestrians were struck by cars, trucks and motorcycles while they were traveling the streets of San Francisco. Of those 1,000 pedestrians, at least 19 were killed as a result of their injuries and others were debilitated by the accidents. San Francisco is a green city that promotes alternatives to motor […]

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02.08

Efforts to prevent childhood injuries progressing in California

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, accidental injuries are the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 20. Across the country, almost 10,000 children die from accidents every year. An additional 9 million kids are admitted to emergency departments to receive treatment for injuries. Hospitalization rates for injuries are […]

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02.08

What’s the best approach to reducing distracted driving rates?

Safety advocates and government regulators have been wrestling with one important question for quite some time: how can we reduce distracted driving on American roads? There is certainly the legal approach. California has some of the most comprehensive anti-distracted-driving laws in the nation.  There is also the technological approach. App makers and tech innovators are […]

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02.08

Car seat installation issues plague child safety efforts

Properly restraining children in age-appropriate car seats is critical to ensuring their safety during travel. However, child car seats have become so complex, heavy and difficult to install that many parents are unknowingly placing their sons and daughters in danger by installing them incorrectly. In other cases, parents become so frustrated with the complexity of […]

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02.08

Controversial safety protocol questioned after fatal BART accident

Perhaps the biggest transportation-related news here in Oakland of late is the recent train accident that killed two people. The two victims, an employee of Bay Area Rapid Transit and a contractor, were struck by a train traveling at least 60 miles per hour while they were inspecting a section of track. The fatal train […]

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