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July 2012 Archives

Louisiana alcohol-related car accident fatalities down in 2011

Louisiana is once again considering creating the Integrated Criminal Justice Information System to make criminal histories, mug shots, fingerprints and arrest warrants accessible to all agencies. The project includes the creation of a statewide DWI tracking system that will serve as a tool to reduce the number of car accidents involving drunk drivers.

New hip implants have high fail rates, safety issues

New Orleans readers may remember the product recall issued by Johnson & Johnson two years ago for their all-metal artificial hips, often cited as one of the most expensive medical apparatus failures on record.

Tips for New Orleans boaters to keep safe this season

New Orleans residents preparing to go boating in the summer season may not be aware that they need to exercise just as much caution on the water as they would on the road. According to the Coast Guard, there were 4,558 boating accidents in 2011, resulting in 758 fatalities and 3,081 injured people.

Distracted driving: Smart solutions for a smartphone problem

Cell phones continue to have increasingly complex technological capabilities. One of the unfortunate consequences of this advancement is distracted driving. Texting or using a smartphone application seems harmless until someone does it behind the wheel. This behavior is a rapidly growing cause of car accidents, and many are concerned that it disproportionately affects younger drivers.

Louisiana semi-truck crash: 3 trucks, 1 dead

Semi-trucks are a staple of Louisiana and America's economy. They carry goods and equipment to restaurants, retail stores and construction sites. Though these monstrosities serve as an integral part of our society, their sheer size also poses a real risk to other motorists.