Murder rate in U.S. cut in half over past 20 years while gun ownership increases

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Last week, the Pew Research Center reported that the murder rate was cut nearly in half from 7 per 100,000 in 1993 to 3.6 per 100,000 in 2013. Over the same period, overall gun deaths (including accidents and suicides) have fallen by one-third from 15.2 to 10.6 per 100,000.

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Why almost everyone in Russia has a dash-mounted video camera

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There were about a dozen different motorists around that Russian city of Chelyabinsk who were able to capture video of the massive meteor that flew through the sky last Friday.  How was it possible that so many people videotaped the event?  Because almost everyone in Russia has a dash-mounted video camera in their car. (Videos)

 

 

 

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Red-light camera debate continues while their legal status grows murkier

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Red-light cameras are used in about 555 communities around the country.

At the heart of the debate about red-light cameras is this question: Do they save lives by reducing accidents or are they primarily a way for cities to raise money in an era of lagging tax revenue?

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NTSB urges states ban all cellphone use by drivers

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A sign in Havre, Mont., notifies drivers of the city’s handheld cellphone ban, which took effect in October.

The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday called for a ban on all cellphone use by drivers saying its decision was based on a decade of investigations into distraction-related accidents, as well as growing concerns that powerful mobile devices are giving drivers even more reasons to look away from the road.  This is the most far-reaching such recommendation to date.

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Fort Collins, Colorado has nation’s safest drivers: study

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Second year in a row Fort Collins takes top honors.

The Allstate Insurance Company has released its seventh annual “Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report™.” The report ranks America’s 200 largest cities in terms of car collision frequency to identify which cities have the safest drivers, according to Allstate claim data.

 

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‘Automation addiction’ – Have pilots forgotten how to fly?

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Wreckage of a Turkish Airlines aircraft.

“Automation addiction” has eroded their flying skills of pilots to the point that they sometimes don’t know how to recover from stalls and other mid-flight problems, say pilots and safety officials. The weakened skills have contributed to hundreds of deaths in airline crashes in the last five years.

 

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Kids are safer when grandparents drive: study

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 The study found that children involved in car crashes with grandparent drivers had half the risk of being injured as kids riding with their parents.

Hand over your keys if you’re an overprotective parent.  Kids may be safer when their grandparents drive than when mom and dad are behind the wheel according to a new study.

 

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Bad driving a disease and can be cured Chinese doctor says

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Dr. Jin Huiqing says you can treat bad driving like a disease you can diagnose before the driver even gets near a car.

Someone is killed in traffic every five minutes in China and one entrepreneurial doctor has an unusual approach for making roads safer.  He says to treat bad driving like a disease you can diagnose before the driver even getting near a car.

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