We’re almost at the end of 2015. With the New Year come several new traffic-related laws in California covering everything from drunk driving, hit-and-run and electronically motorized boards. These were all bills that were signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown during the 2015 legislative session. The following five key laws that will take effect on January 1, 2016 are likely to affect motorists and bicyclists in California. …Read the rest »
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Recent years have seen fewer DUI arrests. However, it was the time period that saw an increase in the number of impaired driving crashes. According to a news report in The Orange County Register, the number of DUI collisions resulting in death or injury has been on the rise as of late, both in Orange County and statewide. And an increasing number of these crashes involve people who were on drugs rather than alcohol.
Statewide, fatalities tied to alcohol crept up, from 1,072 in 2010 to 1,197 in 2013. Fatalities involving drugged driving rose from 696 to 892 over the same period. Orange County had one of the highest DUI conviction rates in the entire state of California. Arrests for driving under the influence dove nearly 26 percent in Orange County from their peak in 2008 through 2013. However, the number of crashes resulting in death or injury in Orange County fell just 13 percent from a recent peak in 2005 through 2013. …Read the rest »
A nursing home in Modesto was penalized by the health department for failing to give medication to patients who has serious health issues.
According to a news report in the Modesto Bee, Vintage Faire Nursing and Rehabilitation Center failed to administer prescribed medication to patients who had serious health conditions such as blood infections, epilepsy, heart arrhythmia and breathing problems.
Between February 18 and July 31, the California Department of Public Health investigated several complaints against the nursing home and found several violations including …Read the rest »
Ford Recalls Nearly 1 Million Vehicles for Faulty Takata Airbags
Ford Motor Company has issued three safety recalls and one safety compliance recall for various vehicle safety defects.
The biggest recall covers 313,000 2003-2005 model-year Crown Victoria and Mercury Grand Marquis vehicles over an issue with a lighting control module.
Ford said the solder joints on the module could crack and interrupt power to the headlamps, which increases the risk of a crash at night.
So far, the automaker is aware of 11 reports of accidents and one report of a …Read the rest »
NFL Accused of Muddling Class Action Lawsuit Settlement Payouts to Injured Players
The National Football League has backed out of one of the most ambitious studies yet on the relationship between football and brain disease.
According to an ESPN.com news report, the seven-year $16-million study was to be funded out of a $30 million research grant the NFL gave the National Institutes of Health in 2012.
NFL officials said they pulled the funding because it has no control how the money would be spent.
But ESPN reports the real reason may have been because …Read the rest »
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has slapped a $40 million fine on BMW for repeatedly failing to address safety concerns related to its Mini Cooper vehicles and failing to launch an agreed-upon service campaign to fix those safety problems.
According to a Dow Jones Newswires report, NHTSA also said it cited the German automaker for not providing accurate information about its recalls to the government.
This is the second time in recent months that U.S. safety regulators have fined a German automaker for withholding …Read the rest »
A grand jury in New Jersey has indicted a Wal-Mart truck driver who crashed into a limousine carrying comedian Tracy Morgan, severely injuring the comedian and killing another man.
According to a WABC news report, the driver Kevin Roper is facing several criminal charges including aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide and aggravated assault.
Roper was driving a Wal-Mart truck in June 2014 when he rammed into Morgan’s limo van from behind killing comedian …Read the rest »
Toyota Yaris Vehicles Recalled for Defective Airbags
An eighth death has been linked to exploding Takata airbag after a teenager was killed in an accident near Pittsburgh.
According to a report in The New York Times, the victim was in a 2001 Honda Accord whose airbag exploded.
The model had been recalled but the car’s airbag had not yet been fixed. The victim suffered severe injuries and died several days after the crash.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) learned about the crash after they were alerted by the family’s lawyers.
So far, 12 automakers have recalled more than 19 million vehicles to fix components in …Read the rest »
The California Department of Motor Vehicles’ recent move to ban the testing and deployment of driverless cars seems to take an extremely precautionary step.
A woman identified as 24-year-old Lakeisha Holloway repeatedly plowed into pedestrians on the crowded Las Vegas Strip the night of December 20, 2015, killing one person and injuring dozens more including six critically. According to an NBC News report, Holloway, an Oregon resident, was with a toddler in her vehicle when officials say she intentionally rammed into pedestrians on the sidewalk. She will be charged with one count of murder with a deadly weapon. She is also facing potential attempted murder and child abuse and neglect charges. The person killed in the crash has been identified as 32-year-old Jessica Valenzuela of Buckey, Arizona.