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July 2019 Archives

Older drivers struggle with modern vehicle technology

Traffic accident fatality figures have risen sharply in New Jersey and around the country in recent years, and most road safety experts say a surge in distracted driving is most likely responsible. This problem is most often blamed on cellphone use behind the wheel, but the sophisticated information and entertainment systems found in most new cars also seem to be playing a role. Programming navigation routes into these systems or changing audio settings can take several seconds, and a report released on July 25 by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety suggests that older drivers are especially prone to distraction when using them.

OSHA warns against ototoxicant exposure in the workplace

Workers in New Jersey may incur hearing loss and other issues through continual exposure to certain chemicals, especially the ototoxicants found in many solvents, pesticides and pharmaceuticals. This is according to a Safety and Health Information Bulletin just released by OSHA.

Women 73% likelier than men to be injured in front-end crash

Front-end collisions are the most common type of car crash in New Jersey and across the U.S., and the risk of being injured in one of these is 73% higher for women than for men. Not only that, but women run double the risk for incurring a lower-body injury to the abdomen, legs and spine. These are the conclusions of a study published in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention.

Allstate finds Baltimore is home to the worst drivers in America

New Jersey readers know there are bad drivers everywhere. After all, around 6.5 million U.S. drivers crashed their vehicles in 2017, according to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. However, a new report by Allstate Insurance finds that some areas have significantly more dangerous drivers than others.

Fourth of July deadliest holiday for drunk driving

Though most people in New Jersey celebrate the Fourth of July by barbecuing, watching fireworks and swimming in the pool, some may choose to drink and drive. The number of people who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs during Independence Day makes it the deadliest holiday for DUI fatalities.