Transportation Safety

Collision causes huge oil spill in Galveston Bay

Highly polluting heavy crude “will spread,” says Coast Guard
March 24, 2014

In echoes of the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, oil is washing ashore in Galveston, Texas today and reports of oil-contaminated birds and other animals are multiplying – the result of a collision Saturday in Galveston Bay between a ship and a barge carrying nearly a million gallons of heavy oil.


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Bus driver hides dizzy spells, almost crashes bus

Passengers have to take the wheel
March 19, 2014

A commercial bus driver who failed to tell his medical examiner about episodes of dizziness and fainting has been ordered out of the driver’s seat after his medical condition nearly caused a bus filled with passengers to crash on an interstate highway.


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Report: Metro-North values on-time performance over safe operations

Railroad co. involved in derailments has “deficient safety culture”
March 17, 2014

Metro-North Railroad – whose train derailment in the Bronx in December killed four passengers and injured approximately 70 others – made being on time a higher priority than being safe, according to a recent report by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).


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Protect your drivers with a second pair of “eyes”

March 12, 2014

A technology solution identifies risky driver behaviors, elicits drivers safety, and provides high quality video in a compact package. An integrated forward-facing camera captures video of the road, while the rear-facing camera captures the vehicle cabin and driver, allowing for a comprehensive view of critical events.


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On the road: Do you really teach bad drivers a lesson by retaliating for their bad behavior?

March 11, 2014
I was a passenger one day, riding with a friend who is normally a fairly good driver.


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NTSB ready to assist with missing plane mystery

Speculation: whatever happened, happened quickly
March 10, 2014

A team of National Transportation Safety Board investigators left the U.S. for Asia on Saturday night, in order to assist with the investigation into the disappearance of the March 8 Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which went missing on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.


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Warning signs – Do you warn about hazards that no longer exist?

March 10, 2014
There are safety stories everywhere you go. This week, I was buying gas and ran into the store to get a soft drink. As I did, I heard a guy ask the cashier if it was still wet near a "slippery when wet" sign.


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The Thinking Driver: Ah, to be at the front of the line

February 28, 2014

One driving attitude that can get us into trouble and stress us out is an obsession with getting around the guy in front of us. Do you need to be at the front of the line? Common sense tells us that there really is no front of the line to reach, so to try and get there by weaving through traffic and passing anyone in front of us is a losing proposition.


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Protect yourself and your employees from distracted drivers

February 27, 2014

Have you ever noticed certain laws go entirely disobeyed? Back in the ‘70s when the speed limits were dropped to 55 mph across the United States, almost no one followed the law. Lately, I have noticed a similar phenomenon to the laws regarding hands-free cellular phone use and texting while driving.


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Crude oil train shipments to get safety upgrades

Feds, railroad industry agree to slower speeds, better emergency response planning
February 24, 2014

In the wake of a series of fatal and environmentally catastrophic train accidents, the railroad industry and federal regulators have agreed on a set of voluntary measures intended to increase the safety of crude oil train shipments.


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