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November 2014 Archives

Proposed new rules to combat trucker fatigue

Many Connecticut motorists may exercise extra caution when driving in close proximity to large commercial vehicles, and statistics compiled and promulgated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration support that practice. Accident statistics from 1998 demonstrate that 98 percent of people who died in collisions between large trucks and passenger vehicles were occupants of the passenger vehicles.

Good Samaritan killed in I-95 multi-car crash

An 18-year-old man who police say stopped to help a broken-down motorist in the southbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Stamford was killed on Nov. 1. According to police, the man was standing behind one of the cars that had pulled over to help the stalled vehicle after he and two other motorists stopped to help the car's occupants.

Improving pedestrian safety with crossing islands

Pedestrian safety measures like medians and crossing islands can significantly reduce the number of pedestrian accidents in Connecticut. In fact, the Federal Highway Administration, which is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, says that pedestrian islands may lower the number of pedestrian accidents in an area by 46 percent. These safety measures are good for car drivers too, as pedestrian islands are also thought to lower the number of motor vehicle accidents by 39 percent.