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August 2013 Archives

Reminder: Texas move-over law, other traffic changes begin Sunday

Starting on Sunday, Sept. 1, a number of new laws meant to reduce and require more assistance after car accidents will go into effect. The Texas legislature just expanded our “Move Over/Slow Down” law to include Department of Transportation vehicles in addition to police, fire and emergency vehicles and tow trucks, which were already covered.

Intoxication suspected in Texas accident that killed 5 people

Summer is often viewed as a time for celebration and excitement. However, one Texas summertime tradition suffered an abrupt and tragic end this year. After an end-of-season celebration, five people involved with outdoor musical were killed in an auto accident and a sixth person was severely injured. The individuals were part of the theatrical production -- called "Texas" -- that takes place every year at Palo Duro Canyon State Park.

Ready for school? Tips for avoiding car accidents involving kids

It’s about that time of year again. Here in Texas and across the United States, kids are about to start walking, biking and riding buses to school. Whether your mourn the end of summer or are excited about fall, you may need a refresher course yourself on avoiding motor vehicle accidents involving children.

Appeals court upholds new rule on truck drivers' hours of service

How many hours could you drive before you became so drowsy you couldn’t drive safely? How many hours before you would actually fall asleep at the wheel? What if you were driving a 80,000-pound truck?

Graduated licenses save lives, but what if teens put off driving?

Over the past two decades, traffic safety experts have succeeded in getting graduated driver’s license (GDL) programs passed in every state. GDL programs are intended to help inexperienced drivers gain needed skills and driving experience by following a three-stage process. The three stages are typically a learner’s permit, a probationary, restricted license, and a full, unrestricted license. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is one group that has worked hard to get GDL laws passed, because their research showed that when states passed these laws, serious and fatal car accidents among 16-year-old drivers dropped by an average of nearly 40 percent.

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