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Speed Traps are Here to Stay

Despite many drivers believing that speed traps are unfair, it is likely they are here to stay even as lawmakers continue to take the issue on again and again. The latest debate on the subject involves Washington, La., which has become an example of what is wrong with speed traps.

American Safety Experts Look to Europe for Ways to Improve Oil Refinery Safety

In the wake of several oil refinery fires and explosions, President Obama issued an executive order to improve chemical facility safety. Some safety experts are looking to European oil refineries as a model of how to improve American refinery safety.

GM Accused of Sacrificing Safety for Costs Concerns with Recalled Parts

A letter sent to General Motors' CEO today by the former director of the NHTSA and the executive director of the Center for Auto Safety alleges that GM rejected a safer design for the faulty ignition switches in their recalled vehicles in favor of a defective design which was cheaper. 

CEO Gives Details Regarding General Motors' Defective Ignition Switch Recall

General Motors is currently under investigation by the Senate, the House of Representatives, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and a federal prosecutor. The embattled company sent its CEO, Mary Barra, to Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday to testify about the nationwide recall of 6.3 million vehicles since February. 

Law Makers Try To Prohibit Use Of Cell Phones By Louisiana Drivers

Mention cellphones, speed traps and traffic cameras in the halls of the Louisiana Legislature and you are guaranteed to get an earful from lawmakers who represent all areas of this state.

Most of them don't like their colleagues trying to restrict cellphone use. A number of them said constituents call them constantly about those devilish speed trap towns. And many despise traffic cameras.

Drug And Alcohol Research To Be Revisited By NHTSA

The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it will revise how it conducts a research program on whether drivers are using drugs and alcohol behind the wheel in the face of criticism from some members of Congress.

Acting Administrator David Friedman told a House panel that NHTSA has decided to drop the use of an air sampler of drivers' alcohol use in a national roadside survey - to "make sure we get their consent first" and to emphasize that it will only collect data from participants who are willing to participate and that all data is anonymous.

Suspected Hit & Run Driver in Custody

Law enforcement officials believe they have the driver and automobile in custody involved in a hit and run accident that left Troy Jacobson of Baton Rouge dead on Sunday evening.

According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, the hit and run happened near the College Drive exit ramp on I-10 East around 10:15 p.m. Law enforcement officials stated that the driver has been identified as Carl McKnight, who borrowed his roommate's car Sunday evening. He explained to police officers that he was scared and did not want to go to jail, so he drove off after he struck Jacobson with the vehicle.

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