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San Fran startup has device for hands free texting

A small startup out of San Francisco is marketing a device that may take some of the dangers out of texting and driving by allowing drivers to read texts projected on to a display in front of them. The device, called a Navdy, has been around for years. According to a recent article by the Huffington Post, over 4 million luxury vehicles were sold with similar Heads Up Display, or HUD, equipment already installed. 

The device is mounted on the car's dashboard and displays information from a phone on a glass display that is just over five inches wide. When in use, the person operating the device can dismiss notifications or answer calls by simply swiping the air in front of them to the left. The device was designed with the intention of allowing drivers to monitor texts while keeping their eyes straight ahead and on the road.

No surgery? No problem. New device detects TBI without incision.

A new device could change the future of traumatic brain injury (TBI) diagnostics. An entrepreneur out of New York has developed a device that collects data from a probe placed on the patient's forehead. This is used in place of a current method that surgically inserts a device beneath the skull. The inventor recently sat down with a local newspaper, LoHud, to explain how his product works.

Essentially, the device gathers data using ultrasound waves. This data is used in complex mathematical equations to determine if the patient is suffering from a TBI. The device was recently tested at the Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. A variety of tests need to be conducted to receive approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but the inventor predicts the device will be ready for market in the next 18 months.

Teens and car crashes: Can a ban on texting save lives in SoCal?

Teenagers are novice drivers. They are still learning how to follow traffic signals, merge correctly and gauge the speed of oncoming traffic when attempting to make a left hand turn. Parents and legislatures attempt to reduce the risk of these young drivers getting into accidents by requiring teen drivers follow various rules and regulations. Many of these rules and regulations address distractions - but do they work? According to a recent study, when it comes to texting bans the answer is a resounding yes.

The study was recently published in the American Journal of Public Health. A report by The Washington Post notes the researchers with the study found an 11 percent drop in teen fatalities connected to car accidents in states that have texting ban laws in place.

Computer program used to predict location of accidents by police

A new computer program being used by police in the South seems more akin to something out of a science fiction movie than it does to real life police work. The technology is designed to predict the location of car accidents and is being used by police to determine where resources should be stationed for the day. Currently, the program is being used in Tennessee. If it continues to find success it could be used throughout the nation.

A report by Government Technology notes that the program appears to be effective. After six months of use, the Colonel of Tennessee's Highway Patrol reports a drop in traffic fatalities due to car accidents of 5.5 percent compared to the same time period the previous year.

Novelty helmets not as safe for motorcycle riders

Riders have many reasons for choosing motorcycles over traditional vehicles. Some point to the benefits of increased gas mileage and others prefer the more freeing feeling of riding a bike. Regardless of the reason, the lack of protection provided by a traditional car can lead to serious injuries if a biker is involved in an accident.

One way to reduce the risk of injuries is to wear a helmet. Unfortunately, some riders who purchase a helmet believing they are taking a step towards protecting themselves may be wasting their money. A recent article published by CBS News notes that helmets sold as "novelty helmets" do not meet Federal Department of Transportation safety standards.

SoCal boating accident highlights need to obey no wake zones

Southern California offers beautiful weather and plentiful areas to enjoy the water. From paddle boarding and surfing to fishing and riding fast in motor boats, residents and tourists alike can find fun activities in the water. In an attempt to help keep everyone safe, various rules and regulations are put in place. Those who violate these rules can face steep monetary fines. In some cases, violations could even lead to tragic accidents.

The need to follow these regulations was highlighted in a recent case out of El Capitan Reservoir. A report by CBS 8 explains that a boat was traveling at a high rate of speed, allegedly through a no wake zone. The boat collided with another vessel, which was stationary at the time of impact. All occupants were ejected from the vessels in this tragic boating accident. One man died at the scene, another's body was found at a later date and the two operating the speed boat suffered minor injuries. It is unclear if alcohol played a role.

Truck accidents on the rise throughout the U.S.

Truck accidents are receiving serious scrutiny by the media. Although the catalyst for these stories may have been the truck accident involving famous comedian Tracy Morgan of 30 Rock and SNL fame, reporters are stumbling on some troubling data as they put these stories together. It appears Tracy Morgan's story is not rare. In fact, according to a recent report by NBC News there were approximately 3,921 fatalities connected to truck accidents in 2012 alone. In addition, these accidents are increasing. According to the same report the rate of accidents involving commercial trucks was up almost 20 percent between the years of 2009 and 2012.

The federal government has pushed to pass trucking regulations that are designed to increase the safety of the nation's roadways. One of the more recent regulations is receiving pushback from the trucking industry. The regulation in dispute requires that truck drivers get two consecutive nights of rest between the hours 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Although this is intended to lead to more rested drivers, the trucking industry argues it puts more trucks on the road during morning rush hour. The increased congestion inherent to driving during these times could, the trucking industry argues, lead to even more truck crashes.

Tips to help kids get to school safe this fall

Stores are starting to set up displays with backpacks, pencils, notebooks and other back to school essentials. With the return to school just around the corner, parents may be discussing how the kids will get to and from class. For some, a carpool may work best.

Carpools offer families the ability to cut down on the amount of time traveling too and from school by combining resources. Some families may take the morning route, picking up kids in the neighborhood and dropping them off at school, while others take the afternoon route, returning them home when the day is done. Whichever route you take, some basic tips can help reduce the risk of a car accident while transporting this precious cargo.

Freedom Boat Club comes to San Diego, California

Boating is a great way to get out and enjoy the waters of San Diego and surrounding areas. Although boating is a lot of fun, some hesitate to take on the extra responsibilities inherent to owning a boat. These can include the time and cost of maintaining a water vessel, storing and cleaning the boat as well as dealing with towing it to the water.

One enterprising entrepreneur has taken note of this hesitation in the San Diego area and decided to bring in a local branch of the Freedom Boat Club. The franchise will be located in Dana Landing Marina. Boating enthusiasts can purchase a membership to the club and, in exchange for a monthly fee, can have unlimited access to a variety of boats without having to worry about the responsibilities that go along with actually owning a boat.

Head injuries during World Cup lead to safety debate

FIFA's World Cup drew in viewers throughout the world. The United States team did well this year, making it further than their last appearance in the soccer tournament. Although the sport appears to be gaining popularity, it is receiving some criticism for its handling of brain injuries during the competition.

FIFA most recently came under fire for how it handled players who were involved in collisions that included blows to the head and were suspected of suffering from brain injuries. Medical professionals recommend a doctor conduct an exam to see if the injury is severe before the player continues participating in the game. This protocol was not followed by those playing in the World Cup.

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