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February 2018 Archives

Study shows benefits of rearview cameras, other car safety tech

Backup collisions are a major hazard for drivers in North Carolina. These incidents can result in vehicle damage and even death, especially when pedestrians are involved. However, new technology is out there that can prevent such crashes. Rear automatic braking systems alert drivers to obstacles behind them. When drivers don't respond in time, these features apply the brakes automatically to slow down.

Why is drunk driving such a problem?

Drivers seemingly have more options available to them than ever. For example, if they cannot drive home, they can use a ride-sharing app, call a taxi or ask a friend to take them home. The popularity of ride-sharing apps in particular may have taken some drunk drivers off the roads, but plenty remain. They injure and kill others every day.

Mental health affects women's risk for work injuries

Employers and employees alike should be aware of a new study that suggests a link between mental health factors and the number of workplace injuries among women. The study was conducted by the Colorado School of Public Health's Center for Health, Work & Environment, but the results hold just as much relevance for those in North Carolina.

Focusing on car safety features that are available now

With all the news about the future of self-driving cars, one might think that current vehicles lack significant safety advances. However, drivers in North Carolina should be aware that there are important vehicle developments that are already out on the market.

AAA publishes study on drowsy driving

In North Carolina and across the U.S., drowsiness behind the wheel is seen as a lesser hazard compared to distraction and alcohol. While this is reasonable, the fact is that drowsiness is more widespread than many think. This is the argument of researchers at the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, which has just published a new study about drowsy driving in more than 3,500 subjects.

Addressing workplace fatigue for EMS workers

Emergency medical service workers in North Carolina may benefit from guidelines that have been created to lower their work-related fatigue. The guidelines were drafted by both the National Association of State EMS Officials and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Many EMS workers are dangerously fatigued

More than half of the emergency medical services personnel around the country say they suffer from severe fatigue while at work that impairs them both physically and mentally. Researchers from the National Association of State EMS Officials and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center discovered this while reviewing more than 38,000 studies, surveys and other documents dealing the challenges faced by first responders in North Carolina and across the U.S. The results of the research were presented to a panel of experts and published on Jan. 11 by the medical journal Prehospital Emergency Care.

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