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October 2018 Archives

Do seasonal time changes make roads more dangerous?

Shifting into or away from Daylight Savings Time is an adjustment, regardless of whether the hour is falling back or springing forward. It's natural to be a little tired with any change. Unfortunately, too many drivers get behind the wheel when fatigued and the results are often fatal.

Testing finds toxic cadmium in adult jewelry at some chain stores

After a 2010 scandal involving cadmium in some children's jewelry of Chinese manufacture, several states outlawed the metal in kids' products -- but not for adults. By 2012, it seemed the metal was no longer being used in children's jewelry. However, the nonprofit Center for Environmental Health recently tested adult jewelry from three national manufacturers and found at least 40 percent -- and the majority over 90 percent -- cadmium.

Utah's 0.05 blood alcohol standard could spread to other states

On Dec. 30, a new Utah law will go into effect, lowering the blood alcohol level for per se DUI from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. Utah will have the strictest blood alcohol level in the nation, although 0.05 is already the limit for ordinary drivers in most of Europe.

Halloween safety tips for tots, parents and the community

With Halloween and trick-or-treating coming up soon, it's important to remember that a moment of inattention by an adult could turn a traditional day of fun into a tragedy. According to the National Safety Council, kids are more than two times as likely to be struck by a car and killed on Halloween than any other day.

NTSB calls on NHTSA for standardized drugged driving tests

Federal data shows that, of those drivers fatally injured in 2006 traffic crashes who were tested for drugs, 30 percent tested positive. By 2016, that percentage had jumped to 46 percent. Moreover, random roadside testing performed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that 22 percent of drivers showed some evidence of drug use.

U.S. Supreme Court to decide maritime law case involving manufacturer's "bare metal" defense and when companies must warn of asbestos risk

A case before the U.S. Supreme Court examines whether manufacturers of products that require asbestos as an add-on component should have to warn users of the risk, even when the product as it leaves the manufacturer contains no asbestos. The case was brought by two widows of Navy sailors who died of lung cancer after working with asbestos-laden equipment on board Navy vessels and in shipyards.

When a CDL driver is arrested for DUI in Tennessee

If you have a commercial driver's license, you should be aware of the special rules and penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Whether you hold a class A, B or C license, it was issued by the State in accordance with federal law and regulations. This is because the vehicles you are trained to operate are larger and more complex and can cause much more damage. Therefore, you are held to a higher standard in regard to DUI.

Can prescription pain meds land you behind bars?

Pain can make life complicated. It isn't always visible and it can be difficult to treat. It can make everyday life difficult. When you finally reach a point where the pain is under control, it can seem like it is only a matter of time before the treatment stops working and the process will have to start all over again.

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