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  • Today, the National Safety Council released findings from a recent analysis of national statistics on fatal motor vehicle crashes, in a report entitled, "Crashes Involving Cell Phones: Challenges of Collecting and Reporting Reliable Crash Data," funded in part by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. The report reviewed 180 fatal crashes from 2009 to 2011, where evidence indicated driver cell phone use. Of these fatal crashes, in 2011 only 52% were coded in the national data as involving cell phone use. "We believe the number of crashes involving cell phone use is much greater than what is being reported," said Janet Froetscher president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "Many factors, from drivers not admitting cell phone use, to a lack

    May 08,
    - by Michael
  • The Transportation Review Board recently released a Traffic Safety Fact report (PDF)estimating 1,045 lives were saved in vehicles equipped with electronic stability control (ESC) systems as standard equipment. In 2011, electronic stability control (ESC) saved an estimated 634 lives among passenger car (PC) occupants, and 411 lives among light truck and van (LTV) occupants, for a total of 1,045 lives saved among passenger vehicle (PV) occupants. This estimate of lives saved is a substantial increase over the estimated 876 lives saved in 2010 and the estimated 705 lives saved in 2009... ...As the vehicle fleet [referring to all vehicles on the road in general] becomes more equipped with ESC, the ESC lives saved estimates will continue to increase. This process

    May 07,
    - by Michael

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