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02.08

Many dangerous factors in play during fatal Bay-Area bike crash

Here in the Bay Area, cars, bicyclists and pedestrians often need to share the same crowded streets. Unfortunately, motorists tend to have the final say when a given intersection is disputed. This, of course, results in a many bike and pedestrian accidents in Oakland and nearby cities. But when such an accident occurs, it is […]

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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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02.08

Drowsy driving risk multiplies with each fewer hour of sleep

A couple weeks ago, we wrote about a man who lost his life in a car accident while sleep-driving on the medication Ambien. This is one of the drug's very rare side effects, but studies have shown that users of Ambien and other sleep aids may be too drowsy in the morning to drive safely. […]

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02.08

Powerful documentary shows real consequences of texting & driving

California schools have been back in session for just over a month now. If they haven't done so already, many high schools will be showing a new documentary that sends a powerful and compelling message. That message is: It only takes a few seconds to end your own life or someone else's by texting and […]

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02.08

Preventing fall accidents this Halloween

Days are getting shorter, and evenings are darker. Cooler weather is settling in, and pumpkins adorning porches throughout the Bay Area await their transformation into Jack-o’-lanterns.  Halloween is just around the corner. Next week, pint-sized superheroes, aliens, monsters and princesses will be walking up and down our neighborhood streets and onto our front porches. As […]

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02.08

2012 accident data shows rise in pedestrian, bicyclist deaths

Although we are already nearing the end of 2013, it takes time to compile national statistics. That's why it was only recently that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its report on motor vehicle crash data from 2012. Unfortunately, the data reveals that auto accident fatalities increased in 2012 for the first time in […]

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02.08

Data shows parents play a large role in teen driver safety

If you're the parent of a teenager who has reached or is about to reach driving age, you likely have at least some fear about their safety behind the wheel. Teen drivers tend to have higher accidents rates than other age groups due to inexperience and behavioral traits like impulsivity. The good news is that […]

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