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April 2016 Archives

Proposed trucking regulations delayed

In April, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced another delay in the projected publication dates of two new trucking regulations that could make roadways in Louisiana and across the country safer. The proposed rules include the creation of a database listing truckers who have failed or refused to take alcohol or drug tests and the installation of speed limiters on heavy trucks.

Study shows 40 percent of former NFL players have brain injuries

New Orleans Saints fans have likely heard that there is a possible link between playing football and traumatic brain injuries, but the evidence has sometimes been circumstantial. However, a study now provides strong evidence that there may be a connection.

Misconceptions of hands-free technology

Although some technology in vehicles increases the chances of distracted driving, many Louisiana drivers don't see it that way. In fact, a majority of drivers around the country believe that hands-free and other devices put into vehicles are safe because the car maker included them. However, the technology in a car is put there more for marketing purposes than safety. Misconceptions such as this on is why April has been designated as Distracted Driving Awareness Month by the National Safety Council.

Technological advances could help diagnose concussions

Louisiana residents may be interested to know that a medical device called EYE-SYNC has been granted FDA approval. It is mounted to an individual's head and analyzes eye movement to look for signs of impairment. According to one doctor who is also the founder of the company that makes the product, it does not actually try to diagnose an individual with a concussion.