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Can a Tostitos Chip Bag Help Stop Drunk Driving?

Published on Feb 15, 2017 at 12:00 pm in Auto Accident.

Partnered with Uber and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), Tostitos brand has made a limited edition “Party Safe” bag that can tell if someone has been drinking and will help them get home safely on Super Bowl Sunday.  The special bag comes equipped with a sensor that can detect small traces of alcohol on a person’s breath.  If any alcohol is detected, the sensor turns red in the shape of a steering wheel and displays a “Don’t Drink and Drive” message and a code for $10 off an Uber ride during or after the game.

The bag uses near-field communication technology which allows fans to tap their phone on the bag to call their Uber ride.  This innovative idea should encourage people to think twice before driving drunk on Super Bowl Sunday.  Jennifer Saenz, Frito-Lay’s chief marketing officer, said, “Our goal is to remove 25,000 cars from the roads that Sunday evening.”

Driving Drowsy is Just as Dangerous as Driving Drunk

Published on Dec 14, 2016 at 1:12 pm in Auto Accident.

New research released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that driving drowsy is just as risky as driving drunk, finding that the lesser the amount of sleep, the greater the risk of accident. “You cannot miss sleep and still expect to be able to safely function behind the wheel,” said David Yang, the executive director for the foundation. “Our new research shows that a driver who has slept for less than five hours has a crash risk comparable to someone driving drunk.”

Data from the National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey was used to determine just how much driving ability decreases when sleep deprivation increases. Getting even just one hour less than the recommended seven hours of nightly sleep can increase your risk of accident. Drivers who slept for less than 4 of the last 24 hours had an 11.5 percent higher risk of getting in a crash.  Drivers who slept 4-5 hours had a 4.3 percent higher risk. And those who slept 6-7 hours had a 1.3 percent higher risk. These percentages could be even greater, as data from crashes occurring between the hours of midnight and 6:00 am was not available, and other studies have shown that the effects of sleep deprivation are greatest during the early morning hours.

5 Tips for Avoiding Winter Accidents

Published on Nov 29, 2016 at 12:29 pm in Auto Accident.

It’s the time of year when winter ice and snow hit the Louisville, Kentucky area. With ice and snow comes plenty of wind, cold temperatures, and harsh driving conditions that can turn a relaxing afternoon or evening drive into one that’s far more perilous.

Winter car accidents account for a surprisingly large amount of traffic accidents in Kentucky. Icy roads, windy conditions, and poor visibility don’t mix well. Luckily, there are a few ways you can take extra precautions and drive defensively to avoid accidents. Here are 5 tips for avoiding winter accidents in the state of Kentucky:

Raising Teen Driver Awareness with “5 to Drive” Campaign

Published on Oct 19, 2016 at 11:00 am in Auto Accident.

This week’s a big week for driving safety advocates around the United States. It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week and Operation Safe Driver Week. As a Louisville, Kentucky legal practice that’s passionate about keeping our local roadways as safe as possible, we felt this week was the perfect time to discuss the importance of both campaigns.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week is a campaign to put an end to unsafe driving behaviors by commercial motor vehicle drivers as well as passenger vehicle drivers. During the week of October 16-22nd, law enforcement agencies throughout all of North America will take part in heightened traffic safety enforcement and education aimed to combat unsafe driving behaviors.

National Teen Driver Safety Week is a campaign that was started by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). During the week of October 16th-22nd, parents and educators around the nation will do everything they can to encourage young drivers to prioritize safety while behind the wheel. This encouragement can take the form of educational activities and pamphlets or individual conversations we can each have with the teenagers in our lives.

NHTSA Investigates a Fatal Crash Involving a Vehicle Driving Itself on Autopilot

Published on Jul 14, 2016 at 2:52 pm in Auto Accident, Auto Product Liability.

A fatal accident occurring in Williston, Florida on May 7 is now under investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Joshua Brown, a 40-year-old man from Canton, Ohio, died when his Tesla Model S electric sedan crashed into the side of a tractor-trailer. The car was in self-driving mode and failed to apply the brakes when the tractor-trailer made a left turn in front of the vehicle. Federal regulators, who are in the early stages of setting guidelines for autonomous vehicles, have opened a formal investigation into the incident. This is the first known fatal accident involving a vehicle controlling itself by means of computer software, sensors, cameras, and radar.