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August 2017 Archives

Collision avoidance systems can cut injury rates

Lane departure warning systems, blind spot alerts and other collision avoidance systems can have a strongly beneficial effect on Ohio roadway safety, according to a study. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that these systems can seriously cut the number of car crashes and injuries.

The future of autonomous vehicles

Some people in Ohio may have heard that autonomous vehicles will soon be populating the roadways in great numbers. One of the biggest attractions of self-driving cars is that they have the potential to be safer than human-operated vehicles. Nearly 100 people die each day on U.S. roads, and in 94 percent of those cases, human error is to blame. Industry leaders have made bold predictions about the future of autonomous vehicles (AVs) and invested a significant amount of money in their development. However, there are a number of issues that need to be addressed before AVs become commonplace.

How to fight consequences for your first drunk driving offense

If you recently received your first drunk driving offense in Ohio, you face a variety of administrative and criminal penalties. Fines, jail time, driver intervention programs and driver license suspension are all potential consequences of a DUI or DWI charge.

Hazardous chemicals may be present when repairing water pipes

Ohio construction workers are often required to work around heavy or dangerous materials, especially if their work involves repairing the infrastructure. However, a water pipe repair method that was traditionally believed to be safe may actually involve hazardous chemicals.

Hazards faced by workers in confined spaces

Construction workers and repair technicians in Ohio sometimes need to enter tight spaces that could be exposed to dangers like electrical wires or high temperatures. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has published guidance to help employers recognize confined spaces and evaluate their possible threats before workers enter them.

Device delivers electric shocks to keep drivers awake

Ohio motorists know that driver fatigue can be dangerous. People who drive while they are drowsy cause as many as 6,000 fatal accidents around the country every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A startup company has put together a device that shocks drivers awake as a way to cut down on these numbers.

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