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Three Injured in Oklahoma Crash, Alcohol Potentially Involved

Noble McIntyre on September 29, 2011

A recent accident has once again cast a spotlight on the prevalence of drunk driving related incidences in Oklahoma. On September 28, 2011, three men were taken to OU Medical Center after a man who may have been driving drunk caused a head-on collision. According to police, the accident occurred around 6 a.m. at NW 30th and North Council Road in Bethany. Reports say that a driver of a northbound gray sports utility vehicle crossed over the centerline on the road and hit a southbound red pick-up head on. Two men in the SUV were hurt and the man driving the pick-up suffered a severe leg injury. The driver faces a driving under the influence complaint.

Drunk driving is a serious problem that has been on the rise in Oklahoma. According to our Oklahoma Drunk Driving Statistics, alcohol-related accidents have risen steadily since 2005, even though fatalities have dropped significantly from 2008 to 2009. Continue reading

Teenage Driving Laws Result in Unintended Consequences

Noble McIntyre on September 15, 2011

Researchers at the California Department of Motor Vehicles published a study in The Journal of the Medical Association on Wednesday that found that tougher licensing laws for teenage drivers have reduced deadly car accidents among 16-year-olds but have increased the fatal crash rate among 18-year-olds. During the past two decades, states have enacted strict teenage driving laws with graduated driver’s license programs that require young drivers to meet certain requirements before they obtain their full license. Although the rules differ in each state, they generally require a minimum age to obtain a driver’s permit or license, a certain amount of supervised hours behind the wheel, prohibit teenagers from driving with other teenagers, ban night driving, or require six months of instruction before a driving test. 
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Chrysler Recalls Around 250,000 Ram Pickups

Noble McIntyre on July 14, 2011

Chrysler is recalling about 250,000 Ram pickups because a bad part in the steering system makes it possible for drivers to lose control of the truck. The bad news for Chrysler is the Ram is the company’s top selling vehicle, with 242,780 Ram pickups from the 2008-2011 model years being recalled. The defective product recall is in response to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s announcement that a part near the left front wheel of the truck can fracture and potentially cause crashes. Continue reading

Distracted Drivers are the Most Dangerous

Noble McIntyre on July 1, 2011

Drunk drivers, move aside. Distracted drivers are now the most dangerous drivers on the road. According to recent distracted driving statistics, distracted drivers are 23 more times likely to cause accidents, compared to drunk drivers who are 7 times more likely to cause one. Also concerning is the amount of deaths that can be attributed to distracted driving. In 2009, out of the 33,808 car crash deaths, reports indicate that 16%, or 5,474, were attributable to driver distraction. Research also suggests that up to 80%, or 27,046 deaths, could have involved driver distraction.
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Millions of Jeep Grand Cherokees Susceptible to Fires, May be Recalled

Noble McIntyre on June 17, 2011

The Center for Auto Safety, a nonprofit safety advocacy group, has announced that millions of Jeep Grand Cherokees from the 1993 to the 2004 model years are likely to catch on fire when struck from behind and should be recalled. The center began investigating the jeep model and found that from 1992-2008, there were 172 fatal fire crashes which caused 254 deaths. Continue reading

From Indycar to Child Safety Seats: Race Car Technology May Save Infant Lives

Noble McIntyre on June 8, 2011

Child seat manufacturer Dorel is joining forces with an IndyCar supplier to produce what may be the safest child safety seats yet, reports the The New York Times. After noticing how IndyCar drivers can escape from 200 m.p.h. crashes seemingly harmless, Dorel executives have inquired into whether the same technology that protects IndyCar drivers can be applied to child safety seats. As a result, Dorel is now developing seats that use a proprietary foam called expanded polypropylene, or E.P.P, and should become available in 2012.  This foam is incredibly absorbent because its spreads the impact of a crash through the foam so that pressure in a single area is absorbed throughout the foam.  Also, the foam springs back, making it ready for additional impact. Another feature is that the foam weighs less, resulting in lighter seats. Continue reading

Virginia Bus Crash Kills 4, Injures 54

Noble McIntyre on June 1, 2011

Deadly Car Accident – Adverse Driving Conditions

Jeremy Thurman on December 14, 2010 is reporting that a two people recently lost their lives in a car accident that occurred at 7:48 a.m. on State Highway 76 about two-tenths of a mile south of 260th. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a 2008 Suzuki Forenza was traveling northbound on SH 76 and impacted with a 2005 Dodge Ram pickup. The report states that it was a two lane undivided road. Investigators believe rainy and foggy conditions may have played a role in the accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.

This tragic car accident should serve as a reminder of the dangers associated with driving in rural Oklahoma. Having lived much of my life in rural Oklahoma, I can personally attest to the dangers associated with driving on undivided two lane roads. Oklahoma drivers should take extra care on these roads to be cognizant of other drivers as well as any adverse conditions that could cause a car wreck.

A Truly Scary Halloween Tale – Child and Driver Safety

Jeremy Thurman on October 28, 2010

From Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin to Ichabod Crane’s Headless Horseman there are endless frightful stories that are re-told each Halloween. However, there is one terrifying story about Halloween that is true.

On Halloween it is twice as likely children will be killed by a car while walking on this night than any other night of the year, according to study by Safe Kids USA. One big step that can be taken to prevent this is safe, cautious driving on the Halloween evening. The excitement of Halloween, crazy costumes and loads of candy can make children move in unpredictable ways. Therefore, it’s important to take extra precautions when driving on the ghostly holiday during the peak trick-or-treat hours of 5:30pm to 9:30pm. Continue reading

Automobile-deer collisions in Oklahoma not just a rural thing!

Jeremy Thurman on October 18, 2010

With the cooler weather approaching, Oklahomans would be aware of the real dangers of deer-automobile collisions. In 2009, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported 194 injury accidents involving deer and six of those accidents resulting in human fatalities. These figures are a drastic increase from the 2008 report of 86 injury accidents with two human fatalities.  One simple explanation for the rise in these types of accidents is that humans are moving more and more into deer habitat.  This encroachment forces deer to find new areas for food and water, which can push them to cross country roads to interstates.  Another explanation is the deer population overall is growing in the state of Oklahoma according to Oklahoma Game & Fish Magazine.  The fall season is more common for deer-auto collisions because it’s mating season for deer.  Additionally, the food sources for deer change in the autumn from grassy plains to wooded areas with nuts and hardier foliage.   Last but not least, hunting season in Oklahoma starts in October causing deer to move more frequently.

 How can you prepare yourself?

Some general knowledge about deer can help.  For example, deer are mainly active at dawn and dusk, and travel in numbers ranging from two deer on up to twenty.  Therefore, you should be on the look-out on the way to work or school in the mornings and late evenings.  Also be sure and scan not only the road, but the grassy areas on the side of the road.  Try to use your high-beam headlights as much as possible to enable you to see the deer and the deer to be alert to your presence.  Don’t rely solely on the deer whistles you may have mounted on your car, they are not 100% protection against a collision. 

Remember, you may not be able to avoid a collision with a deer because swerving your vehicle could be more dangerous.  For instance, you could swerve into on-coming traffic and cause a more serious collision with another vehicle.  Or on the other hand, you could lose control of your vehicle and cause greater damage to yourself than was necessary.  Deer are very unpredictable animals and there is no way to know which direction they will turn.  The best advice is to slow down when you see the animal on the side of the road.

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