CDC: Elderly suffer brain injuries at higher rate than others

With the increasing media attention on concussions and mild brain injuries, and the increased risk they create for more serious brain trauma, health officials and others have been paying more attention to brain injuries. Given the increased awareness, it is not surprising reports of brain injuries are up, especially among Americans 75 and older. Apparently

Tennessee bill would prohibit DUI offenders from buying alcohol

A bill recently proposed by State Rep. Bud Hulsey would add a new penalty to a DUI conviction. Those convicted of driving under the influence would be prohibited from purchasing alcohol. The prohibition would last for a year for a first-time offender and could remain in place for the rest of a third-time offender’s driving

Scientific panel says that states should lower DUI alcohol limit to 0.05

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration commissioned a report by a panel of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on what strategies for reducing drunk driving have been shown to be effective. The main goal, of course, was to reduce the 10,000 drunk driving deaths that occur each year in the United States.

Appeals court rejects challenge to OSHA’s silica dust standards

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has rejected a challenge to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s latest safety standards for inhaled silica dust. Business groups led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce had argued that OSHA had overstepped its authority and that the rule is not feasible to implement. Respirable crystalline

Chattanooga PD announces DUI numbers, decreased traffic tickets

The Chattanooga Police Department announced recently that traffic citations are down for the fifth consecutive year. Before you get too comfortable, though, be aware that the reduction may be due in part to officer attrition in the traffic division. “We have officers retiring, and it takes over a year to train someone to replace them.

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