The headlines were all-too-real. In July 2003 an 86-year-old man plowed through a Santa Monica, California, farmers market killing 10 people. Now the American Automobile Association (AAA) has recommended that states improve their medical review boards by including provisions that evaluate whether motorists are physically and mentally fit to drive. The analysis coincides with the National Transportation Safety Board’s soon-to-be-released report about the Santa Monica incident. Read more . . .
There have been some heartening advances in automobile safety reported this year, but that doesn’t mean it is time to get complacent. Car accidents are still the leading cause of death among children. Though the number of parents putting their children in child safety seats is rising, the U.S. Department of Transportation says nearly 73 percent of the seats are being improperly used thus endangering children’s lives. Read more . . .