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Seat belts on school buses becoming a hot topic for debate

When parents in Conshohocken put their children on the school bus in the morning, they assume their children will make it to school and home again safely. Unfortunately, each year a number of accidents involving school buses do occur and CNN reports that four children are killed annually as a result of school bus accidents. That then leads some people to question why school buses are not required to have seat belts the same way cars are required to, especially when seat belts have been proven to save lives.

There is no federal mandate that requires school buses to have safety restraints. Rather, that kind of decision-making is left to the state and local level. Indeed, six states have passed laws making the installation of seat belts on school buses mandatory. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration points out that the number of school bus fatalities could be cut in half by requiring seat belts.

Are cat bites dangerous?

With the holiday season underway, you may be visiting homes of friends and family and chances are, some of these people will have pets. While there is much made of getting bitten by a dog, there generally isn’t as much fanfare made about getting bitten by a cat. However, cat bites are indeed dangerous. One study found that getting bitten by a feline is actually more dangerous than being bitten by a dog, according to Consumer Affairs.

Cats have a bit of a reputation for being aloof and standoffish. But they can also be very aggressive, especially when they feel provoked. While a bite from a cat may not look like much, it can quickly turn serious. In fact, it was found that one-third of patients who go to the hospital for a cat bite end up being admitted. In addition, of those in the hospital, two-thirds end up requiring surgery.

Teen drivers and speeding

Getting a driver’s license is a rite of passage for many teens in Conshohocken. Being able to drive means greater independence but it also means greater responsibility. While drunk driving and distracted driving often get a lot of attention in the media, speeding does not seem to be an issue that is talked about as much. Perhaps that should change as the AAA Foundation for Safety reports that of 14,000 fatal crashes involving teen drivers over the previous five years, speeding was a factor in 4,200 of them.

Speeding is especially problematic for younger drives since they lack the experience to be able handle their vehicle as well as older drivers. Teen drivers often have passengers in their vehicle and speeding puts the lives of those people at risk as well. In fact, in accidents involving teen drivers, their passengers account for almost two-thirds of fatalities and injuries.

Will autonomous trucks make roads safer?

Trucking accidents are extremely dangerous and often fatal. Some of the main causes of trucking accidents are distracted driving and driver fatigue, which are so frequent because of the long, monotonous hours that truck drivers often have to work. You may have heard of autonomous, or self-driving, cars but cars are not the only autonomous vehicles being developed.

Self-driving trucks are in the works as well. Autonomous trucks could have many benefits, but will they truly make roads safer for anyone? Many are saying that these trucks would indeed decrease the number of truck accidents each year.

A closer look at escalator injuries

The busy holiday retail season is just around the corner and that means that people across Pennsylvania will be piling into malls and shopping centers looking to get everything on their lists. Many places with more than one story have escalators in addition to elevators and stairs. Escalators do pose a danger to shoppers and incidences of injuries have been on the rise over the last several years.

According to the American Association for Justice, in 2013 more than 12,000 people died or were injured in escalator accidents. When compared to only 4,900 such incidences in 1990, this increase is alarming.

3 most common causes of heavy truck accidents

As you know, all vehicles have the potential to inflict damage. However, heavy trucks tend to be the most dangerous vehicles on the road. Not only can heavy trucks cause major damage, but truck accidents are actually fairly common. In fact, 12 percent of all 30,800 fatal crashes in 2012 involved heavy trucks. While there are a number of factors that can make a heavy truck accident more likely, here are the four most common causes of such accidents.

How can I reduce my chances of being injured in a passenger van?

Passenger vans are a common sight on Pennsylvania roads and chances are you may end up either driving one or riding in one at some point in your life. Therefore, being aware of a few safety tips can go a long toward keeping you safe and injury free.

If you are riding in a van as a passenger, the most important safety precaution you can take is to wear your seat belt. Research has shown that you are three times more likely to be killed in a passenger van crash if you are not wearing your seatbelt, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. In addition, you should not sit behind the rear axle if the van is not full.

Study: Time changes can lead to traffic dangers

Most of us like to think we have our lives all put together. We've got control over the everyday matters in our lives. Though humans are strong creatures, no doubt, we are still vulnerable to environmental changes. 

Next week brings more than the anticipated end to an exhausting election season. Daylight saving time also takes effect. On Sunday, Nov. 6, remember to set your clock back one hour. With that, also remember to be extra cautious while on Pennsylvania's roadways.

Distracted driving is a widespread problem in Pennsylvania

People who undertake activities behind the wheel that cause them to lose focus on the road are guilty of distracted driving. Those people put not only themselves and their passengers but other Pennsylvania drivers at risk through their actions and many of them never get caught. However, thanks to increased efforts by law enforcement, more tickets are being issued across the state to distracted drivers, reports The Morning Call. In 2015, 2,857 people were cited for distracted driving in Pennsylvania. This is up considerably from 1,998 the year before.

The month with the most citations was May and the majority of tickets were issued during morning hours. It was also found men were on the receiving end of 67 percent of the distracted driving tickets and that people under the age of 30 received 40 percent of the citations. Montgomery County was responsible for more tickets than any other county in the state in 2015 with 298.

How can you prevent dog bite incidents this Halloween?

Halloween is days away. For many Pennsylvania residents this means that the kids have their costumes planned and their hopes set high to collect as much candy as possible. While fewer families these days might participate in the traditional door-to-door Halloween candy hunt, there are still many groups who enjoy the classic holiday tradition of trick-or-treating.

While some families don't participate in trick-or-treating due to worries about sugar, food allergies or the urban legend of dangerous candy, there is a different real threat to consider. Halloween is fun and exciting for kids, but the chaos of it all can result in dog bites or attacks.

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