March 2016 Archives

1 killed, 1 injured in Louisiana car crash

A man was killed after he lost control of his vehicle at about 9:30 a.m. on March 18. He was traveling west on Interstate 10 in Slidell when he lost control of his 2004 Mercedes. The car then crossed a center median and spun into eastbound lanes where the vehicle was hit by a Jeep.

NHTSA announces safety agreement with car makers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has entered into an agreement with several vehicle manufacturers that will see virtually all cars, minivans, SUVs and pickup trucks sold in Louisiana and around the country equipped with sophisticated accident avoidance technology by 2022. The announcement was made by the federal agency on March 18 at a meeting in Virginia. The agreement is also supported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Crash prevention features to become standard in Louisiana

New safety features, like automatic braking and front crash prevention that are currently optional in vehicles, have been shown to significantly lower someone's risk of being in an accident. Although increasing numbers of automobiles have been manufactured with these safety features, they are not available in all cars, trucks and SUVs. However, several major automakers have agreed to make automatic braking systems available in nearly all their light vehicles by 2022.

Fatigued driver solutions still elusive

Oversight of trucking safety on the roads in Louisiana and throughout the nation has become a major concern as serious accidents draw attention to the dangers of driving these large vehicles while experiencing significant levels of fatigue. Mandated out-of-service periods have been implemented to provide truck drivers with adequate time for rest, but the quality of rest obtained during such periods can be difficult to monitor or regulate. A federal regulation requires that drivers not operate commercial vehicles while impaired by causes such as fatigue or illness. However, enforcement can be subjective.

Autonomous vehicle causes accident

While some Louisiana motorists are excited about the potential for owning self-driving vehicles in the future, others may worry about the possibility of accidents. A recent accident involving a Google self-driving vehicle demonstrates that this potential is real. Prior to the Feb. 14 incident, the company's autonomous vehicles had been involved in a total of 17 car accidents, but none were deemed to be the fault of the Google vehicles. In the February incident, however, the technology was deemed to be responsible.

Training rules for new truckers may be implemented

Louisiana road users may be happy to hear that, on March 4, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration proposed a rule that would increase the amount of training prospective truckers would have to undergo before they could receive their commercial driver's license. The training would include 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training.

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