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February 2017 Archives

Poor health linked to increased rate of truck accidents

Spending endless hours behind the wheel of a semi-tractor trailer and eating at truck stops and rest areas makes maintaining good health difficult for truck drivers in West Virginia and around the country. The U.S. Department of Transportation reported in 2014 that long-haul truck drivers smoke cigarettes and suffer from conditions like diabetes and obesity at rates that are more than double those found in the general population, and a report released on Jan. 10 by the University of Utah School of Medicine has linked poor health among commercial vehicle operators with significantly higher accident rates.

Dangerous behavior and millennial drivers

Some West Virginia motorists may be engaging in dangerous behaviors while behind the wheel, such as driving while fatigued, even though they disapprove of them. A survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that drivers in the 19-to-24 age range were particularly prone to dangerous behavior. Almost 60 percent of drivers in this age group said they had texted or emailed while driving compared to just over 31 percent of drivers in other age groups. Only 5 percent of drivers across other age groups said that driving more than 10 mph in a school zone was acceptable while more than twice as many 19-to-24-year-old drivers believed this.

Police say drinking and speed led to deadly West Virginia crash

Police in West Virginia say that alcohol consumption and excessive speed led to a single-vehicle accident that killed a 59-year-old Huntington man on the afternoon of Feb. 14 in Cabell County. A 36-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were critically injured in the crash, which happened on Ohio River Road near Lesage at approximately 5:30 p.m. The accident led to Ohio River Road, which is also known as Route 2, to be closed to both northbound and southbound traffic for more than four hours as first responders and accident investigators went about their duties.

Brain injuries threaten children with long-term limitations

Youth sporting events offer exercise and excitement to families in West Virginia, but if a young player gets a head injury, a study suggests that the person could experience long-term effects. Scientists from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center collected data for two decades about how traumatic brain injuries impacted the lives of children.

Presidential memo temporarily blocks new rule

Truck drivers in West Virginia may have heard about a rule called Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Vehicle Operators. It was supposed to take effect on Feb. 6. However, a Jan. 20 memorandum from President Donald Trump effectively delayed its implementation.

States' traffic laws performances are rated

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, a trade group based in Washington, D.C., has released a report that evaluates the progress made by each state in implementing highway safety laws. West Virginia motorists may be interested to know how their state's highway safety laws fare when compare to those of other states.

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