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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.

In 2010, New Jersey had fewest car accident deaths since 1940s

According to a recent report from the New Jersey State Police, there were 556 deaths on New Jersey roads in 2010. While this is an inexcusably high number, there is one bright spot: the number of car accident fatalities in 2010 was the lowest since the 1940s.

Federal agency recommends trucker cellphone ban

After a massive tractor-trailer crash took the lives of 11 people in 2010, members of the National Transportation Safety Board are taking action. In hopes to prevent future fatal truck accidents, the NTSB is recommending a ban on all cellphone use behind the wheel of tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, buses, and other commercial vehicles.

Cell phone companies create apps to prevent distracted driving

In the ongoing fight against distracted driving, there is a new weapon. With the release of a few new applications, the very smartphones that were previously responsible for so many distracted driving-related car accidents may now actually prevent drivers from talking and texting behind the wheel. Although such applications, or apps, are still in their early stages, law enforcement officials in New Jersey and throughout the country are hopeful that they will remove the temptation to use a cell phone while driving.

Study: Young driver restrictions increase fatal accidents later

Graduated driver licensing programs for young drivers may have unintended negative consequences, according to a recent study based on data released by the American Medical Association (AMA). Such programs are intended to reduce car accidents among teenage drivers. They ease new drivers from restricted licensing into full licensing. The study finds that states with the most restrictive laws showed fewer fatal accidents among 16 and 17 year-old drivers, but more accidents for 18 and 19 year olds.

Study: most drivers are overconfident in their driving skills

After driving for many years, many drivers naturally become confident in their driving ability. However, a new study reports that drivers may be over-confident about their skills behind the wheel. While one might think they're an excellent driver, that doesn't mean they're not susceptible to traffic tickets, car accidents and other pitfalls on the road.

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