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June 2018 Archives

Are battery-powered cars REALLY more safe?

There have been recent high profile examples of Tesla's battery-powered cars catching fire. The most notable example recently being the car of actor Mary McCormack's husband. The video shot by her husband of the car on fire went viral recently, spurring another round of questions about the manufacturer's claims that its battery-powered cars are safer than their gas-powered counterparts.

Slow driving in the left lane is illegal

Spend a modest amount of time on the road and there always seems to be an individual who camps out in the left lane while driving at the same pace as a truck or slow car next to it in the right lane. It's enough to drive others crazy as a long line of cars builds up behind the moving roadblock. Worse, it can lead to reckless driving as drivers take risks to pass the slow moving vehicles.

Marijuana and opioids found in high percentage of traffic deaths

The impact of drinking and driving has on traffic safety is well documented, but a new report points to an increase in positive drug tests in cases of traffic fatalities. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) who commissioned the report, over 50 percent of drivers tested in traffic fatalities tested positive for marijuana, opioids or a combination of the two.

Woman found dead after missing from elder care facility

A breach in security allowed a 75-year-old resident of the senior center on the San Francisco General Hospital's campus to disappear. She was found in the stairwell of a nearby power plant 10 days after being reported missing. The woman signed herself out at 9 a.m. on May 19 - she was technically a resident of the residential care center for the elderly at the Behavioral Health Center instead of a patient. This, officials explain, meant she could sign herself in and out.