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June 2018 Archives

Brake inspection week scheduled for Sept. 16-22

Georgia truck drivers and trucking companies may be interested to learn that annual Brake Safety Week was scheduled for the week of Sept. 16. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance noted that full Level I inspections of vehicles will take place in addition to focused inspections on each vehicle's brakes.

New GHSA study notes rise in drugged driving

The Governors Highway Safety Association has released a report on fatal car crash data from 2016, concluding that the percentage of fatally injured drivers found with drugs in their body has risen to 44 percent. This is compared to 26 percent in 2006. Drivers Georgia will want to know more about the report as well as some of the challenges that still face drug testing.

FMCSA observes rise in fatal truck crashes in 2016

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released a data drill-down report, and its findings should be of interest to drivers in Georgia. The focus of the report was on fatal and non-fatal crashes in 2016 between large trucks and passenger vehicles. It turns out that there was a 3 percent increase in fatal crashes: from 4,094 fatalities in 2015 to 4,317 in 2016. The number of large trucks involved in fatal accidents rose from 4,074 to 4,213.

New test could diagnose lung cancer earlier

According to findings from the Circulating Cell-Free Genome Atlas study, or CCGA, it may be possible to use DNA in the blood to detect the early signs of lung cancer. However, researchers caution that testing needs to be done on larger groups of people before such a process could be widely used. If future tests confirm the preliminary findings, Georgia residents and others could be diagnosed after having blood drawn at a doctor's office.