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NTSB fights distracted driving with full cell phone ban

Earlier this year, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that state lawmakers enact bans of cell phone use in semi trucks, buses, and other commercial vehicles. Now, the NTSB has expanded its previous recommendation, asking for a universal ban of cell phone use of any kind in every vehicle on the road. This will hopefully reduce and ultimately eliminate car accidents caused by distracted driving, officials say.

New technology could prevent winter weather car accidents

As winter approaches in Bergen County, it likely won't be long before the roads are covered with snow and ice. Traffic safety agencies do all they can to warn motorists of unsafe driving conditions on New Jersey roads, but there is only so much they can do to prevent winter weather-related car accidents, injuries, and fatalities.

New Jersey lawmakers propose strict requirements for teen drivers

Numerous recent studies have concluded that car accidents are one of the leading causes of death for teenagers. As a result, state and federal traffic safety agencies have been working to lower the risk of car accident injuries and fatalities to teenage drivers by increasing the driving experience and skill that is required to get a driver's license.

Study: Fatal car accidents cost $6 million each

According to a recent report from the American Automobile Association, the average financial cost of motor vehicle accidents has significantly increased in recent years. Despite the increase, however, most families who have lost loved ones in car accidents would likely agree that the true cost of a fatal car accident is immeasurable.

Fatal accidents lead to examination of curbside bus industry (two)

Earlier this week, we began an examination of the high rate of fatal bus accidents in curbside bus companies that operate in New Jersey and throughout the country. So far this year, there have been 23 interstate bus accidents in the U.S., during which 33 people have died and more than 400 have been injured.

Fatal accidents lead to examination of curbside bus industry (one)

In March, 17 people were killed and several more injured in two bus accidents in New Jersey and New York. Those fatal accidents began a serious of accidents involving tour buses and cheap curbside bus companies, many of which were operating despite numerous safety violations and a lack of inspection and approval from federal transportation authorities.

New Jersey dump truck accident injures five

Earlier this week, five people were injured in a massive collision between a dump truck and eight cars in Riverdale, approximately 20 miles from Bergen County. Although the truck accident did not result in any life-threatening injuries, police department officials say it is just one more example of the increase in accidents in the borough since the department's traffic officers were eliminated in April.

New Jersey booster seat law may not protect kids in car accidents

New Jersey law dictates that children aged 7 years or younger and weighing less than 80 pounds must be in appropriate child restraints and in rear seat while riding in a motor vehicle. Although the law was created to keep small children safe from injuries in car accidents, its effectiveness is often undermined by the insufficiency of booster seats, according to a recent release from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).

New Jersey flags fly at half staff for officer killed in car crash

If you have been to a government building today, you may be wondering why the flag in front of it is flying at half staff. Earlier this week, Gov. Chris Christie ordered that all state institutions to lower their flags to half staff in honor of a New Jersey police officer who was killed during a car accident involving a driver who was under the influence of a controlled substance.

Parents' distracted driving teaches unsafe behaviors

In recent years, state and local governments have worked to decrease the occurrence of distracted driving with safety campaigns that were primarily aimed at teenage drivers. However, a recent study indicates that the parents of those teen drivers may need to pay closer attention to those campaigns.