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Why seventh-inning beer sales cutoffs may not be enough

Few things in life are better than going to a Colorado Rockies game with friends or family. And, of course, if the Rockies win, that is a huge bonus. However, drunk drivers may strike and injure some fans or people driving near the stadium after the games.

The Rockies cut off beer sales in the seventh inning and limit patrons from having more than two beers at a time. This helps ensure that guests behave responsibly after the game, but the policy is not foolproof.

Motorcycle crash statistics demonstrate dangers

Many Colorado residents enjoy riding on motorcycles, but doing so brings added risks of being injured or killed in accidents. Motorcyclists face much greater risks of suffering catastrophic injuries when they are involved in collisions because they have little to protect them from the physical forces that are released in crashes.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 4,976 people were killed while riding on motorcycles in 2015. The number of fatalities during the year represented an 8 percent increase over the 4,594 motorcyclists who were killed in 2014. In addition, another 88,000 motorcyclists were injured in accidents in 2015, which was a 3 percent decrease from the 92,000 who were injured in 2014.

Is your car ready for a road trip?

As summer beckons, you may be making plans for a road trip. Perhaps it will be cross country or just a few states over.

In any case, doing a few things now can save you major headaches down the road. In fact, measures such as having your brakes checked could make the difference between you being rear-ended or rear-ending someone.

Device may allow officers to see what apps drivers were using

Colorado motorists may be interested to learn that several cities around the nation may allow authorities to use a device that shows them if drivers were using their phone to text, read their emails or post on Facebook while they are behind the wheel. While the technology could potentially help officers determine if the driver was distracted when an accident occurred, it means privacy could also be at risk.

Before a cellphone can be searched without the driver's permission, a search warrant is needed. However, getting a search warrant under these circumstances can be impractical. Although the phone records can potentially be subpoenaed, they often do not show if the driver was browsing the internet or reading email.

Common signs of a brain injury

The brain is a unique organ, and every person reacts differently to an injury. Brain injuries are often unpredictable and vary from case to case. They can be caused by trauma, accident or illness, and symptoms can range from simple headaches to a complete loss of memory.

Traumatic brain injuries are often caused by car accidents. In many cases the responsible driver was not paying attention or was under the influence. Regardless, you should be aware of the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury so you know how to handle the situation.

Number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes jumped in 2015

Colorado motorists may be alarmed to learn that more large trucks are becoming involved in fatal traffic accidents, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration statistics. The agency reports that the number of large trucks involved in deadly crashes jumped by 8 percent between 2014 and 2015.

The FMCSA report, entitled "Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts 2015", states that there were 3,598 fatal accidents involving 4,050 large trucks and 3,996 truck drivers in 2015. The large truck crash involvement rate was 1.45 per 100 million miles driven, which is also an 8 percent spike from 2014. Of the truck drivers involved, 206 were age 25 or below, and 211 were age 66 or above. The crashes claimed the lives of 667 truck drivers or truck occupants, which was a 2 percent jump from the previous year.

Does using marijuana affect your ability to drive?

As the debate over legalizing marijuana rages in legislative sessions all over the country, Colorado has forged its own path. Since 2012, marijuana usage has been legal for those 21 and over. Unfortunately, the pot-smoking trend may have a negative effect on the roads, as drivers under the influence are more likely to cause accidents.

Just because marijuana usage is legal does not mean that it is legal to drive while under the influence of the drug. As users take to the roads, the danger to other drivers and pedestrians increases. 

How to stay safe in an era of distracted driving

Colorado residents may have gotten used to seeing drivers using their cellphone while behind the wheel. That doesn't mean that those who don't use their cellphones cannot keep themselves safe on the road. In general terms, defensive driving is the act of predicting how other drivers may act on the road. From there, they may be able to take actions that prevent or reduce the odds of an accident.

There are a few different ways in which people can act in a defensive manner while driving. The first three steps are scan for, predict and identify actual threats. Others are to decide what actions to take and to execute the appropriate response for a given situation. To be a good defensive driver, people must engage in a variety of mental and physical tasks in a short period of time.

Common causes of trucker distraction

One of the biggest risks to driver safety in Colorado is trucker distraction. Distractions create a real and present danger for motorists who drive near distracted semi-truck operators. Truckers drive for long hours on the roads and are not immune to the temptations of distracted driving. They often perform multiple functions to operate their vehicles safely. When visual, cognitive and manual distractions are present, truckers who engage with them are not able to give the roads, motorists and pedestrians the attention they deserve to keep them safe.

Cargo securement to be the focus during annual truck inspection

Drivers of commercial vehicles in Colorado should be prepared for the International Roadcheck event that will take place on June 6-8, 2017. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance conducts this inspection blitz once a year, and this one will focus on ensuring that the cargo being transported by commercial vehicles are secure. Checking cargo securement is a normal part of CVSA's Level I inspections, and by focusing on it in this year's inspection, they hope to stress its importance to truck drivers and fleet operators.

CVSA has designed a flyer that provides helpful cargo securement tips for drivers and fleets to consult before the International Roadcheck begins. The organization recommends that truckers carefully inspect the loads being transported and all the associated equipment to double-check that everything is properly secured Tie-downs should also be scrutinized for signs of wear and damage.

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