As of January 1, 2014, several new traffic laws in California will go into effect. For example, as of this date, motor vehicles will be required to give bicyclists three feet of space between them and their car at all times. In addition to this biking law and several others, one law in particular targets teen drivers.
According to ABC 23, as of January 1, any driver under the age of 18 is prohibited from using any sort of electronic wireless communication device to read, write or send text messages under SB 194. Even if a teenager has a vehicle equipped with a hands-free device, they are not allowed to use it after this law goes into action.
Sponsors of the Foreign Manufacturers Legal Accountability Act are receiving criticism from business interests who claim that new safety-oriented legislation would put too much of a burden on trade. The new bill, introduced by House Democrats, would require foreign manufacturers who import goods into the United States to have a registered agent in the U.S. That agent would be authorized to accept service of process in potential lawsuits, which would make it easier to hold these companies accountable for any defective product they make and import that causes injury.
Increasing unrest among American manufacturers due to the tough economic climate makes this bill timely on several levels. First, increased accountability for the safety of foreign-made products would help to level the playing field between manufacturers abroad and those producing here in the U.S. Standards here are high, and if a U.S. company makes a product that injures someone, then that company can be sued and required to compensate victims.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a division of the Department of Transportation, last year, more than 4,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic-related crashes, and another 59,000 pedestrians were injured. Every eight minutes, a pedestrian is injured in a car-related incident. Every two hours, a pedestrian is killed as a result of a traffic-related crash. While the NHTSA has a number of comprehensive pedestrian safety programs, the agency has also mandated that automobile manufacturers make changes to improve pedestrian safety.
In early December 2010, the NHTSA proposed a new safety regulation designed to eliminate vehicle blind zones that can hide the presence of pedestrians, specifically young children and the elderly. These two groups account for 44 and 33 percent, respectively, of pedestrian fatalities. In many states, the problem has become a major public safety issue. Population, tourism, climate, high-speed roads and the shortage of pedestrian education programs are all contributing factors.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is investigating a safety issue that affects millions of Jeep Grand Cherokee drivers.
The probe focuses on the gas tanks of Grand Cherokees produced between 1993 and 2004. According to the Center for Auto Safety, the D.C.-based consumer advocacy group that brought the issue to the attention of the NHTSA, the Grand Cherokees plastic gas tank is positioned in a way that increases the possibility of crash fires. The Center claims the crash fire rate of Jeep Grand Cherokees is four times higher than the crash fire rate of similar vehicles, such as the Toyota 4Runner and the Chevy Blazer.
Every San Jose resident can be considered a pedestrian at some point in time. The simple task of walking through a grocery store parking lot makes a person a pedestrian. People on foot are highly vulnerable to serious injury or even death if hit by cars, trucks or other motor vehicles.
In and around San Jose, the risk of being involved in a pedestrian accident appears to be all too real. A quick scan of local online news stories provides details of some tragic accidents including the following:
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