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August 2012 Archives

100-year-old driver injures 11 people in tragic accident

It is something that many people in Lake Charles shudder to think about: an accident outside an elementary school that left nine children and two adults injured. Four of those children were seriously injured, but, luckily, everyone is expected to survive this horrific accident. Who caused this pedestrian crash? A 100-year-old driver.

Following the rules to help avoid school bus accidents

Parents in Louisiana will be putting their children on school busses soon, but they may be concerned about just how safe a school bus is and whether they need to worry about school bus accidents. It is normal for a Lake Charles parent to worry, but the American School Bus Council has said that school busses are meant to be safer for children than if they were to be driven to school by their parents every day. Granted, it is possible that a Louisiana driver could cause a school bus accident if he or she doesn't follow the rules of the road.

Fatal Baton Rouge hit-and-run suspect arrested and charged

Over one month ago, a 50-year-old man from Baton Rouge was riding his bicycle in East Baton Rouge Parish when he was seriously injured by the driver of a Ford Ranger. At the time, however, Louisiana police did not know who had struck the man and left him on Louisiana 426, as the driver had left the scene of the accident. Now, the 21-year-old woman who troopers believe was behind the wheel of the car has been arrested and charged with felony hit and run.

4 million infant seats recalled after babies suffered head injuries

After more than 80 instances of infants falling out of a popular type of baby seat, many of them suffering skull fractures, the Bumbo Baby Seats company has issued a nationwide recall of nearly 4 million infant seats.

Update: man arrested for fatal East Baton Rouge crash

Late last month, we wrote about a fatal accident that claimed the life of a 48-year-old woman from Clinton. A 30-year-old motorist had been driving in East Baton Rouge when he drifted into oncoming traffic and smashed into the woman's car head on. At the scene of the accident, he had taken and passed a breath test, meaning he had no alcohol in his system. He was also forced to undergo a urine test and the results are finally in.

Federal government says Buckyballs are too dangerous to be sold

For only the second time in history, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is demanding that a product be removed from stores altogether. The popular Buckyball magnets, of which over 2 million have sold in recent years, have caused more than two dozen reported injuries since 2009 when they were first marketed in the United States. The Commission had previously asked the company to voluntarily recall the product because it said that these magnets are extremely dangerous to children who mistakenly ingest them. It is unknown if any children in Louisiana were injured by Buckyballs.

Government offers states grants for fewer distracted drivers

The federal government has been behind many of the traffic safety laws that states enact to keep their roads safer. Whether it was raising the legal drinking age, lowering the speed limits or lowering the legal limit of intoxication, the federal government often offers states grant money if they pass regulations that will keep their roads safer. For the people of Opelousas, this has generally meant fewer fatal motor vehicle accidents.

Lack of truckers may put greater strain on current drivers

There are a large number of 18-wheelers passing through Lake Charles and western Louisiana every day and residents know just how dangerous these large commercial vehicles can be. The size and speed of tractor-trailer trucks can lead to serious, if not fatal, accidents in Louisiana. While the trucking industry is very closely regulated for safety, there has been a severe shortage of trucker drivers which has the potential of stretching current drivers to the limit.

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