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May 2013 Archives

NTSB calls for lower BAC limit

Alcohol-related car accidents kill approximately 10,000 people each year in Texas and across the United States. Transportation safety investigators are responding the the high rate of fatal accidents by calling for a lower threshold to determine whether a driver is legally intoxicated. The National Transportation Safety Board recommended that a .05 percent blood alcohol content limit be put in place in all 50 states. The current limit that is used to prosecute those who are implicated in a drunk driving accident is .08 percent.

Alcohol in involved in Texas car crash that killed three students

The Texas Department of Public Safety has announced that alcohol was a contributor to a May 4 car crash that killed three Stephen F. Austin students and left another critically injured. The car accident happened at 7:40 p.m. when the Ford Escort carrying the four students pulled onto the shoulder of State Highway 315 in Rusk County and then pulled back onto the road to make a U-turn. An 18-wheeler crashed into the driver's side of the Escort as it pulled off the shoulder.

Distracted driving statistics may not be accurate

Texas residents may be interested to learn that the National Safety Council is pleading with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to find a way to estimate the number of crashes that are related to distractions like cellphones. This plea is coming after the National Safety Council analyzed various data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that the number of fatal accidents that are caused by distracted driving are significantly underreported in Texas and other states.

Truck driver kills police officer in tragic accident

Two Houston-area police officers were involved in a serious accident with an 18-wheeler on April 26th. One officer was seriously injured and the other died from injuries sustained in the accident. The two men had stopped to help a stranded motorist on Interstate 10. The motorist had been involved in an accident, and the trailer was in the left lane of the highway while the car was on the right. An 18-wheeler traveling on Interstate 10 veered to avoid striking the trailer and inadvertently hit both the trailer and the parked vehicles. The accident is currently under investigation. Witnesses from the scene stated that the truck driver did not hit the brakes until after striking the detached trailer, raising the question of whether this accident was the result of truck driver negligence