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April 2015 Archives

The Department Of Transportation And Defective Vehicles

The Grow America Act is a transportation bill put forth by the U.S. Department of Transportation submitted last month. The bill outlines the department's hopes for improved authority for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to combat defective vehicles. The bill prioritizes the NHTSA's ability to identify defects quickly and inform consumers about potential hazards. It also greatly increased the authority to punish vehicle makers for violations related to vehicle recalls. If the bill passes, it could alleviate the problem of car maker and auto parts makers functionally ignoring the NHTSA in their efforts to pin down safety problems.

Safety Technology In The Auto Industry

The rise of so-called 'infotainment systems' in new automobiles has caused many to wonder if technology could be making cars less safe than they used to be. A survey of potential car buyers has revealed that safety technology is actually quite popular among consumers while devices such as built-in navigation systems are not. Drivers want safer cars, though they did express some reservations about what they were willing to pay for them.

Positive Ruling In Transgender Discrimination Case

Transgender people are frequently targeted for abuse and oppression. Even people who do not target same-sex oriented individuals may demonstrate ignorance and bigotry when dealing with transgendering. A recent decision by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission bodes well for transgender employees who want to be free from discrimination in the workplace. The ruling requires the Department of the Army to pay damages based on inappropriate actions toward a transgender employee.

Increased Distracted Driving Enforcement

April is Distracted Driving Awareness month and New Jersey police are participating. Distracted driving is just the latest target of public service campaigns designed to improve traffic safety. The latest national campaign, "U Text, U Drive, U Pay" specifically targets a common distracted driving concern: the text message. Texting is far from the only type of distracted driving, however. In fact, it may represent only a small percentage of the distraction that drivers are succumbing to, with deadly results. The crackdown by New Jersey police will focus on all types of distracted driving, including texting behind the wheel.

Motorcycles A Sign Of Spring

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month doesn't start until May, but the season has arrived for many riders happy to see an end to winter weather. The majority of collisions between motorcycles and other vehicles are caused by the non-rider. While rider training and safety efforts including mandatory helmet laws can make a difference, the real key to reducing motorcycle accidents is awareness from other drivers. If you are on the road, you need to be aware of all other vehicles, including the two-wheeled variety.

New Training Proposed For New Jersey Officers

Discrimination is a problem in almost every facet of life in the United States. While every instance of discrimination is wrong, there are situations where discrimination has the potential twist our society into a nightmare. Discrimination by police or other law enforcement professionals can start a vicious cycle that can be virtually impossible to break. It is impossible to understate the importance of having a police force that understands the impact of discrimination and has the tools and training to conduct itself impartially.

The Age Of Safe Driving

Every day in the United States, 20,000 more people join the ranks of those 65 and older. According to the AAA, nearly 85 percent of people in that age group held driver's licenses in 2010. That percentage is not expected to fall. As is the case all too often, misconceptions and stereotypes about older people are more common than informed opinions. Older drivers are, in many ways, safer than drivers from other age groups. Older drivers tend to avoid risky or stupid behaviors, including drinking and driving and texting while driving that plague those in other age groups. Older drivers wear seat belts at a greater rate than other drivers. They are less likely to speed or engage in aggressive driving practices. That does not mean that older Americans are free from concerns about safe driving.

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