A recent ruling by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court stemming from a tragic incident at a Maine cabin will undoubtedly cause insurers to carefully review the language in their policies if they want to preserve certain exclusions regarding liability coverage.
Just when motorists felt that red light cameras were a thing of the past, the state senate is considering a bill that would bring them back. A major complaint among motorists about red light cameras was that they unfairly penalized a driver who had entered the intersection on a yellow light but just before the light turned red, activating the camera, and resulting in a sizeable fine and points on the violator’s driving record. Traffic safety officials have pointed out that the cameras have caused motorists to suddenly slow down rather than risk a violation leading to numerous rear-end collisions. Various commentators have written that their implementation is just another example of overreaching government intrusion into the privacy of citizens.
Many people despise daylight savings time when clocks are set ahead one-hour and we lose a precious hour of sleep. The early onset of darkness in the late afternoon is lamented as well. Psychologists and other mental health specialists have long argued that the practice is outdated and results in increased rates of depression, bi-polar disorder, and seasonal affective disorder. Now, the conclusions of a traffic study published in Current Biology delivers even more bad news on the effects of the ‘spring ahead,’ and ‘fall back’ routine.
A recently released study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine indicated that 15% of alcohol-related driving deaths involve drivers who tested below the legal driving limit of 0.08% BAC (blood alcohol content). Drivers with a BAC of 0.08% and above are legally presumed to be under the influence and can have their driver’s licenses suspended as well as face criminal penalties. The study also found that 55% of fatalities in accidents where drivers tested below the legal limit were passengers, suggesting that we have underestimated the effects of even lower levels of blood alcohol on driving behavior.