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Avoid car accidents with safe winter driving tips

With winter weather comes the potential for dangerous road conditions. Take extra precaution by outfitting vehicles with an emergency road kit. Include kitty litter for wheel traction, a shovel and ice scraper. Check the tire pressure and windshield wiper blades for wear, and make sure that the gas tank and all fluid levels are topped off. In New Jersey, drivers can avoid car accidents by taking the time to prepare their car and themselves for winter driving conditions.

The experts at AAA suggest maintaining a safe distance from other vehicles, especially when roads are snow or ice covered. Drive at a safe speed and be prepared for sudden stops. Posted speed limits are set for ideal driving conditions, not icy ones. Studies show that it takes a vehicle nine times longer to stop in bad weather.

Seminar aims to curb drunk driving accidents

According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration records, 29 people die every day in alcohol-related crashes in the United States. Drunk driving accidents resulting in fatalities have decreased by one-third over the last three decades. Each year 10,000 lives are lost to drunk driving crashes. In New Jersey and in other states, government reports claim alcohol is responsible for one out of every 10 deaths in people between the ages of 20 and 64 years. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention claim excessive alcohol consumption leads to car and motorcycle accidents and violence. Alcohol may also be a contributing factor to fatal cases of breast cancer, liver and heart disease. Reports show that 70 percent of drinking deaths involve men with New Mexico having the highest fatality rates and New Jersey having the lowest rates. 

Dozens exposed to rabies after animal bites

A rabid kitten has exposed many people to rabies after it was brought to a local school this month. Health officials are investigating and are trying to determine the actual number of people and other animals who may have been exposed to the infected feline. In New Jersey, animal bites from cats have accounted for 85 percent of the rabies cases reported since 1989. This is attributed to the lack of vaccinations and the fact that cats are notorious roamers.

Officials estimate that dozens of people over three New Jersey counties may have been in contact with the ailing cat. The kitten was euthanized after it began showing symptoms of rabies. This disease is deadly and attacks the nervous system, and it is often transmitted through contact with the infected animal, such as from scratches and bites. 

New Jersey cracks down on drunk driving accidents

Sobriety patrol and checkpoints are in full force to get drunk drivers off the road. In New Jersey, Morris Plains Police have started a year-end campaign to crack down on intoxicated drivers. The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" saturation patrol's main goal is to reduce the rate of drunk driving accidents

Over the past five years, New Jersey has seen a spike in 40,000 alcohol-related crashes resulting in 750 deaths. A police lieutenant added that it is critical that law enforcement implement a program that will save lives, especially at this time of the year when impaired driving increases by 10 percent. Last year, 20 percent of all fatal crashes involved drunk driving.

Multiple car accidents in New Jersey

Multiple accidents, some involving pedestrians, started a recent week off on a sour note for several New Jersey towns. Four people died, and one person was said to be in critical condition. Many families are mourning the loss of their loved ones today after the car accidents occurred. Two female pedestrians were hurt in separate accidents; a 69-year-old died, and an 80-year-old suffered serious injuries. 

According to the Middlesex County Prosecutors Office, the pedestrian who was killed was struck by an SUV that was headed east in Sayreville about 6:15 p.m. on a Friday. The woman was not in a crosswalk when the accident happened. The other pedestrian was hit in Toms River as she crossed a local avenue. There are no reports whether she was in a crosswalk at the time.

Pedestrians at risk in New Jersey car accidents

Pedestrians who are walking along and crossing roads in New Jersey may be risking their lives. Route 130 is a highway that runs from Salem County to Middlesex County. Somewhere in the middle, one stretch of this road in Burlington County has been labeled the deadliest in the state for people traveling on foot. In New Jersey, car accidents involving pedestrians are at an all-time high for six years running.

According to experts, Route 130 has been recognized as the most dangerous since this analysis began. Tri-State Transportation Campaign ranks the roads in order by the total number of pedestrian deaths that have occurred. The road was not designed for pedestrian use, but for a heavy traffic flow of vehicles, and the infrastructure does not support pedestrian traffic.

Drunk driving accidents involving 9 vehicles

When someone drives drunk, everyone on the road becomes a potential victim. Police say a man set off a chain reaction of drunk driving accidents that involved nine vehicles with injuries. In New Jersey and in every other state, drunk driving is a serious offense with severe consequences, including stiff fines and possible jail time. 

Authorities responded to Washington Street in Easton at 11:00 p.m. for a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, they found a serious accident with one driver suffering from bodily injury. The driver who authorities believe caused the accident had fled the scene on foot on South 12 Street. Police located the man a short time later, but he was too drunk to speak or submit to a field sobriety test. A witness could identify him as the driver who had run from the crash.

New Jersey car accidents: firefighter killed in car crash

A town is in mourning today after a member of the Jersey City Fire Department died in an early morning car accident. The 29-year-old died just two days before he was to take his captain's test for the New Jersey Fire Department. The firefighter, a decorated U.S. Navy Veteran, was a backseat passenger in one car involved in the head-on collision on Paterson Plank Road. Car accidents such as this one are hard for everyone involved to overcome.

The fire department's acting chief was emotional as he talked about the up-and-coming firefighter. The young man had served his country and would have served Jersey City as a firefighter. The former soldier joined the department along with an elite class of military veterans. They were the first class to graduate as certified medical technicians.

Workers' compensation benefits for injuries caused by robots

More and more companies are recognizing the benefits of robotics. However, modern robots are nothing like the industrial, professional service robot General Motors installed in their New Jersey plant in the early 1960s. While that monstrous machine was caged to protect workers from contact that could cause injuries, modern robots work alongside human employees. Hopefully, this practice will lead to fewer workers' compensation claims and not more.

Collaborative robots -- also called cobots -- are designed to share the workspaces of humans, and they are already prevalent in logistics, fulfillment centers and agriculture. Cobots do more than react to commands entered by operators. They can perform tasks that are committed to their memories and can also respond to their surroundings. No technological devices are foolproof, and for that reason, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced an alliance with North America's leading robotics trade group -- The Robotic Industries Association (RIA).

Car chases may cause more car accidents

Some drivers take over the road for their own amusement or thrills while giving little thought to the safety of others. Case in point, two drivers were apparently chasing each other at high speeds through a residential neighborhood in New Jersey. The quiet night was then interrupted by the sound of a car crashing into someone's home. Car accidents of this nature put everyone in jeopardy, not just those on the road. 

An elderly woman was enjoying a peaceful evening at home when the accident occurred. Authorities said a car came crashing through the house and burst into flames. The woman, whose identity is unknown, lives on Ridgefield Avenue in Ridgefield Park. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment, and no information regarding her condition was available.

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