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Families Are Concerned About ATV Safety

As many area residents probably know, Pennsylvania has a large amount of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) users.  Exploring the natural beauty of central Pennsylvania by ATV, motorbike, or snowmobile is a common activity among our area's families.  However, the converse side to this activity is the potential for serious injury or death.  According to a recent report, Pennsylvania ranks among the top five states for the highest numbers of ATV-related deaths.  Many families across the country are becoming concerned about the safety and use of ATVs. Some families have created an informative website called Concerned Families for ATV Safety, which can be viewed by clicking this link.  

4 Year Old Boy Dies In ATV Accident

According to a local news report, a four-year-old Butler County boy recently died as a result of an ATV accident.  As many area residents probably know, Pennsylvania has a large amount of all-terrain vehicle (ATV) users.  Exploring the natural beauty of central Pennsylvania by ATV, motorbike, or snowmobile is a common activity among our area's families.  However, the converse side to this activity is the potential for serious injury or death.  According to a recent report, Pennsylvania ranks among the top five states for the highest numbers of ATV-related deaths.

Truck Drivers Also Are Distracted Drivers

When you see tractor-trailers moving along our country's highways, you expect their drivers to be safe, alert, and vigilant. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.  A local New York City news source just posted an article about the increased occurrence of truck drivers who text and drive.  According to the news report, through local ABC news station 13WHAM,  "A hidden camera investigation has uncovered a dangerous trend on highways. WABC-TV in New York City set up camera on several of highly travel roadways, catching truckers texting and talking on their phones and one driver even talking on two cell phones at once. The New York State Department of Transportation said nearly 16,000 truckers were ticketed for distracted driving in 2013, but only four of them were suspended and taken out of service." 4 out of 16,000 drivers who were caught texting while driving seems like a tiny percentage!    

PA Dog Law

Every year nearly 5 million people are bitten by dogs, and close to half of those victims are children.  1 in 5 people that are victims of dog bites require medical attention, which equates to about 900,000 Americans that received medical attention for dog bites in the past year.

Western Pennsylvania Drivers Are "Unsafe"?

According to a Pittsburgh area newspaper, drivers in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area have dropped to rank #187 out of 200 for driver safety.  This ranking system, which was reported through work with Allstate Insurance, notes that Pittsburgh drivers have an accident roughly every 6 ½ years, as opposed to the top-ranking city of Fort Collins, Colorado, which as an accident rate per driver of 14.2 years.  Philadelphia scored even lower on the list, ranking 192/200.  According to the article from the Pittsburgh Tribune, "Allstate compiles the report based on accidents customers reported in 2011 and 2012. Allstate has about 10 percent of auto insurance policies nationwide." On the opposite end of this ranking, the article also states that "PennDOT statistics show accidents statewide declined in the past decade even as the number of registered vehicles increased. PennDOT recorded 124,149 crashes in 2013 compared to 140,197 in 2003, an 11.4 percent decrease."

Think About Designated Texting While Driving

Many American teens are working to find a safer alternative to remain connected while they drive.  According to an article by the Mankato Free Press (originally posted by the Washington Post), many teens are setting a designated passenger to text for them as they drive.  This is a smart move for a generation of Americans who have grown up immersed in a "plugged-in" and hypersocial culture.  For more from the original article, please click here

PA More Lenient With Cell Use Than Neighboring States

According to an area news report, the state of Pennsylvania is not as strict as its neighbors in regulating phone use while driving.  While PA only bans texting while driving, the neighboring states of New Jersey and New York ban all handheld cell phone use.  Considering that teenage drivers account for about 10% of all car accidents in the country, it appears that young drivers may be among the most at-risk groups.  For more information on the original article posted by the Governor's Highway Safety Administration, please click here.

More Summer ATV Accidents

Another teenage boy in Thompson Township, PA was recently injured in an ATV accident, as reported by the Herald-Mail Media.  The report notes that the boy was driving an ATV from a field onto a road in the early evening, when he was struck by an oncoming car. The teenager was flown to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries. 

ATV Hits Rock, Kills 1 and Injures 3

ABC News 27 recently reported on a fatal ATV crash that occurred over Labor Day weekend.  According to their online news report, four people were riding on an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) in northeast Pennsylvania when the vehicle hit a rock and rolled over.  One of the passengers died, and the other three were injured.  Unfortunately, this type of accident is not unusual for the area.  Pennsylvania is among the top states for ATV injuries and fatalities.  Those statistics are also consistently high when the demographics are broken down by children and young adult accidents. 

Nazareth Teen Dies In Truck Accident

According to local news source WFMZ, a Nazareth area teen was recently killed when he was hit by a large tractor-trailer.  According to the report, the teen was turning left onto a road after riding on the shoulder of the road.  Family and friends say that the teen's bike was unusual in the sense that it had a motor attached to it, which made a distinctive noise as he road around town.  No charges were filed against the truck driver at the time of the report.

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