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New Jersey lawmakers seek mandatory testing for sleep apnea

Lack of sleep and other issues have been determined to be at least part of the cause of crashes involving trucks here in New Jersey. That includes the tragic crash that seriously injured comedian Tracey Morgan and killed his close friend.

Nonetheless, the Trump administration has elected not to pursue a rule previously proposed by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The DOT sought to require testing for sleep apnea in truckers and other mass transit operators .

Avoiding pedestrian accidents on Halloween

Halloween costumes are already in the stores and available online. Likely, your kids have already been thinking about how they will dress up to go trick-or-treating.

Whether your children want to dress as Wonder Woman, someone from Beauty and the Beast or a Game of Thrones character, it's important to keep their safety in mind if they're going to be walking through the neighborhood in their costumes. The rate of vehicle/pedestrian accidents involving kids on Halloween is double that of any other day.

New Jersey woman injured by state trooper allegedly DUI

One would think that law enforcement officers who have seen the tragic outcomes of drunk driving crashes would be among the last people to get behind the wheel while impaired. However, that's not always the case.

A Maryland State Police officer is facing DUI charges after a recent crash that involved a New Jersey woman. The trooper, who works in the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, has also been suspended from his job. He's been charged with DUI, reckless and negligent driving and failure to slow down to avoid a crash.

Why are pedestrian deaths rising?

Distracted driving isn't just a danger to motorists. Researchers believe that it may be a key factor in the increase in pedestrian deaths in recent years here in New Jersey and throughout the country.

Pedestrian deaths in our state rose 22 percent between 2010 and 2015. That's just below the nationwide rate of 25 percent. Meanwhile, total traffic fatalities rose by just 6 percent during those years (and just 1 percent in New Jersey).

Pedestrian accidents are a potential danger for college students

As millions of kids prepare to head off (or back) to college in New Jersey and across the country this fall, it's important for parents to talk with them about the dangers that they may face while navigating a busy college town or large city on foot.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, nearly three-quarters of fatal pedestrian accidents occur in urban areas. However, young people rushing to get to class, distracted by their phones or busy talking with friends while juggling a cup of coffee can find themselves in danger even in less populated areas where college students on bikes and on foot are ever-present amidst the usual traffic. In fact, pedestrian accidents are a major cause of injuries and death among college students.

Senator calls for stricter truck underride guard improvements

Many New Jersey residents have driven up Interstate 81 through northern New York. Early this month, a multi-fatality crash occurred on the interstate that has prompted a call by U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer for new truck safety regulations, including underride guards.

The crash occurred on July 5 when the driver of a milk tanker truck swerved to avoid hitting a deer. The truck jackknifed on the two northbound lanes of the interstate. Two vehicles that could not stop in time went under the truck. Four men between the ages of 50 and 63 were killed in the crash.

Pedestrians are injured every 7 minutes

Distracted driving is obviously dangerous, but who hasn't texted while walking? It's incredibly common. Researchers warn that it can also be incredibly dangerous.

For example, Stony Brook University carried out a study to see how likely it was that people who were texting and walking would wander off of a straight line. They then compared that to how many people veered off line when they weren't texting. What they discovered was that, while it happened for both groups, those who were texting were 60 percent more likely to do it.

Party host liability for guest's drunk driving accidents

If you live in New Jersey and like to entertain guests in your home, then you'll want to make sure that they don't leave your home drunk. That's because New Jersey is one of 18 states that have what's called a social host law on the books.

In each of these states, a party host can be held both financially and criminally liable for injuries another individual suffers if one of his or her guests is involved in an accident on his or her way home. They can also be held responsible for paying for any property damage sustained as well.

Distracted driving behaviors that can be deadly

Everyone has heard about the dangers of using hand-held devices to talk on the phone, text and access social media while driving. However, dangerous distracted driving behaviors, which result in an average of eight fatalities a day and far more injuries, include other activities that too many people are used to doing in their vehicles. These include:

Eating: Drive-thrus are everywhere. Whether you're picking up a quick bite to eat after a lunch hour of running errands or you simply can't bear to think about cooking after a long day at work, a stop at a drive-thru or for takeout is a tempting option. So is taking a bite of a French fry or sipping some coffee on your way home.

New Jersey bill seeks to extend school zone speed limits

New Jersey state lawmakers have proposed legislation that would allow municipalities and counties to make lower speed limits around schools permanent rather than only during designated times and days. As one assemblyman said, "This gives us an opportunity to protect children and give municipal officials an opportunity to do the right thing for their communities."

Not everyone is in favor of the bill, which is called "Antwan's Law." It is named after a high school student who was fatally struck by a drunk driver in Burlington City on Route 130. Although he was in a school zone, the accident occurred around midnight.

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