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February 2018 Archives

Automatic braking lowers backup crash rates, IIHS states

Automatic braking systems can sense obstacles ahead of time, alert the driver to them and apply the brakes for the driver in the case of an emergency. Drivers in North Carolina may want to know just how effective these systems are, especially if they own a new car that's compatible with such technology.

FMCSA petitioned for change to truckers' 14-hour clock

Commercial truck drivers in North Carolina may remember the reforms that were instituted back in 2013 regarding hours of service. Though Congress has scrapped the rules that 34-hour restarts include two early morning periods and these restarts are limited to once a week, there was one rule that was never eliminated: the requirement that one 30-minute break is taken within the first eight hours of duty time each day.

Fatal car crashes rise on April 20, according to study

April 20 is a self-proclaimed holiday for marijuana users in North Carolina and the rest of the U.S. Where recreational marijuana is legal, there is evidence of increased hospital visits by marijuana users as well as indication of a rise in impaired driving on this day. However, as many marijuana users consume alcohol at the same time, it can be hard to determine how many accidents are caused by drug use.

North Carolina DOL plans to focus on construction industry safety

North Carolina's Department of Labor has released preliminary data about workplace fatalities for 2017. Struck-by incidents and falls, especially within the construction industry, represented the primary causes of worker deaths in the state. The department's Occupational Safety and Health Division plans to update its strategies in 2018 to improve safety in the most hazardous occupations. The division's director said that the agency would make an extra effort to focus safety compliance efforts on industries with multiple fatalities.