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Results of the 2018 International Roadcheck are in

From June 5 to 7, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance held its annual International Roadcheck to see if commercial vehicles and their drivers complied with safety guidelines. A total of 67,502 roadside inspections were conducted this year, 45,400 of which were the comprehensive Level I inspection. The results of those inspections have been released, and truckers in Arizona will want to know what violations were most common.

An overall 11,897 vehicles and 2,664 drivers were issued out-of-service orders. The numbers are lower than they were in 2017 despite the fact that more inspections were conducted this year. Of all the trucks that underwent Level I inspections, 21.6 percent were put out of service as were 3.9 percent of drivers at Levels I, II and III.

Hospital tours used to raise teen awareness of unsafe driving

Arizona parents with youthful drivers in the family are likely aware that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers. Teens are more prone to reckless behaviors behind the wheel than any other demographic. Statistics show that teens are more likely to text, drive at excess speeds and use mind-altering substances than other age groups. Because of these facts, insurance companies and other groups interested in saving teen lives are trying some novel approaches.

Researchers at Baylor University in Texas partnered with the court system, a local hospital, and educators to identify teen drivers headed for disciplinary action. The teens were given the option of participating in a one-day project designed to raise awareness of the potential consequences of unsafe driving behaviors. The hope is that increased awareness will result in safer habits behind the wheel. Students spent time in a classroom being educated on the physical realities of driving distracted. For example, a vehicle traveling 55 mph will cover the length of a football field in the 5 seconds required to check a text message on a mobile device.

Fiduciary duty and the people you trust with financial decisions

When you agree to work with a professional, whether it is an investment banker or a real estate agent, that professional has certain duties and obligations to you as their client. In other words, that professional occupies a position of trust, and they must perform their duties in a manner that reflects the trust inherent in their job title.

Fiduciary duty is the responsibility of a professional to put the needs of a client before their own benefit. When you engage a professional for services, you expect that they will help you make decisions that are right for you, not for them.

Shooting victim files suit

Many people in Arizona likely heard about the deadly shooting that happened at a Madden gaming tournament in Florida. The incident, which involved one gamer shooting others, resulted in the deaths of two people and multiple injuries to others. News sources report that one injured victim has filed a lawsuit against the venue and the publisher of Madden, Electronic Arts.

According to the court documents, the plaintiff was shot two times and is suing EA, the Chicago Pizza where it happened and the Jacksonville Landing Mall, in addition to others. He alleges that they were negligent and failed to provide a secure and safe environment for the gamers.

Arizona school bus accidents often caused by impatient drivers

More than 300 children in the U.S. were killed between 2006 and 2015 in motor vehicle accidents involving school buses. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it was often passenger vehicle drivers who caused the collisions. These accidents occur because school buses make frequent stops, which increase commute times and frustrate motorists. Road safety experts urge drivers to take school buses into consideration when planning their journeys and either avoid busy roads entirely by taking more circuitous routes or leave earlier to account for stop-and-go traffic.

Even children who have been taught about road safety may act unpredictably when getting on or off a school bus. This is why drivers can be ticketed and fined for not stopping when a school bus has its red lights on and arm extended. The rule applies even to drivers who are on the opposite side of a divided road. In addition to following the law, drivers should remain vigilant and look for gaps between parked vehicles or other spaces that children could emerge from unexpectedly.

Product recall for dangerous hair dryers

Two types of hair dryers used by people in Arizona and across the US have been recalled due to the risk of fires, burns and electric shocks. When someone goes to use his or her hair dryer after a shower, he or she could sustain severe injuries or even death if the hair dryer and its power cord overheat and bursts on fire. The Allure and Allure Pro hair dryers made by Xtava were sold with other hair care products or alone and featured designs in black and white.

Over 193 people reported overheating hair dryers and power cords. Some individuals said that the dryers and cords melted in their hands while they were using them. Others reported explosions and fires as a result of the defective product. Eighteen people were burned by the dangerous dryers while two people reported electric shocks. One person was severely burned, and four more people had blistered hands, wrists and fingers after the hair dryers they were using suddenly heated and began to melt their plastic coatings.

Drowsy driving: how to recognize and prevent it

Arizona drivers who work long shifts or get less than seven hours of sleep are at a high risk for drowsy driving. Drowsy driving is widespread, causing around 328,000 crashes a year, according to a study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The same study found that 109,000 of those crashes caused injuries and 6,400 fatalities.

Drowsy driving crashes are underreported because it can be hard for police to determine that someone was drowsy after the fact. As a comparison, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that there are 100,000 police-reported crashes that involve drowsy driving, which is three times less than the AAA study's estimate. Since drowsiness impairs judgment and reaction times, prevention is crucial.

With more cars on the road, summer means more crashes

The summer sees more people taking long road trips, which means an increased number of car crashes. This is a major issue, especially considering how car and motorcycle crashes are the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries that require hospitalization, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Arizona residents who have been in a crash will want to see a doctor if they have not already since TBIs are often hard to diagnose.

Doctors have concussion tests where they examine patients' memory, word recall, sense of balance and coordination and ability to count backward. Those who fail in these may have a concussion or something even worse. Symptoms of a concussion include exaggerated mood changes and a loss or change in cognitive function. Bumping into walls and slurring speech are other telltale signs.

Tire safety: Why tires fail

When you're driving, one of the last things you want to see happen is a problem with your tires. Tires hold your vehicle steady, and if you lose even one, it could result in a crash.

For the most part, tires are safe as long as people follow their requirements, like filling them with a safe amount of air or using them only until the tread gets too low. Some tires fail for other reasons, though.

Study profiles those most inclined to distracted driving

The Society for Risk Analysis conducted a study that may help in the creation of more targeted distracted driving prevention programs. This is important for improving road safety in Arizona as well as in other states. One of the things that researchers did was uncover four profiles of drivers who are most inclined to distractions, especially calling and texting while behind the wheel.

The study found that women are more likely to drive distracted. The second profile was drivers who call and text frequently, followed by drivers with negative views of road safety and drivers with few inhibitions. Observational studies also find that 18 percent of drivers in high-income countries and 31 percent in low- and middle-income countries use their phones while on the road.

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