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A woman is struck, killed by a drunk driver in Victorville

a A 22-year-old Victorville resident was taken into police custody on suspicion of drunk driving shortly after having struck and killed a female pedestrian along the southbound Palmdale Road on Sunday, Feb. 11. The crash, which happened to the west of Emerald Road, occurred around 8:30 p.m.

When deputies with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department arrived at the crash scene, they apparently found a 62-year-old Victorville woman still lying in the roadway. She had already expired.

Just how dangerous is driving while under the influence of drugs?

In this high-tech era in which we live, you often hear about distracted driving and just how much at risk it can put you for either causing a car crash or becoming involved in one. You're also likely heard about the dangers associated with drunk driving. What you most likely haven't heard much about, though, is just how dangerous operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs can be for both you and others.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data from 2015 shows that, of all driver fatalities where toxicology tests were run, 43 percent of them had drugs in their bodies when they crashed.

Are seat belts required on California's school buses?

California Vehicle Code (VC), Section 27316 requires that all newly manufactured school buses have shoulder/lap belts installed on them by their manufacturer before they can be used to transport passengers. This law covers both Type 1 and 2 buses with manufacture dates of July 1, 2005 or July 1, 2004, respectively.

A statistic, released by the California Department of Education in 2007, suggested that as few as 1,900 among the 25,822 school buses of authorized school buses had these type of safety restraints in place.

Why vehicles are recalled, and what happens if I'm hurt by one?

The responsibility of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is to both set safety standards and to issue recalls of any vehicles believed to pose of a risk of injury to the consumer. These responsibilities were first signed into law as part of the National Traffic and Motor Safety Act of 1966.

According to the NHTSA, since that law was implemented more than 50 years ago, nearly 400 million buses, motorcycles, cars, trucks, and other types of motor vehicles have been subject to recalls. Of those different recalls, 46 million of them have been related to poor manufacturing of tires. In 66 million cases, cars have been recalled for other mechanical or equipment defects.

The least dangerous routes and times for your California commute

If you're hoping to decrease your likelihood of having a serious accident or even a fender bender, you may find one of the apparent solutions somewhat counter-intuitive. Most drivers likely assume that crowded, heavy-traffic areas during rush hour are the worst places to be. In fact, though, data from a recent study indicates that the opposite may actually be true, at least on the interstates and roads in the Bay Area, and it likely holds true throughout the entire state of California and beyond.

The study analyzed almost 22 million miles of data from over 60 various routes, collected anonymously via certain cellphone apps. Researchers used measurements of different activities performed by drivers — including speeding, aggressive acceleration, hard braking and phone use — to draw some conclusions about highway safety. So how can their findings help keep you and your loved ones safe on California roads?

A Fontana woman dies in a crash with a suspected drunk driver

An 18-year-old Fontana woman was killed after being struck by an SUV-driving South Gate woman the evening of Thursday, Jan. 11.

Dispatchers with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) first started receiving calls reporting the crash, which occurred where both Arrow Route and Cherry Avenue intersect, just after 8:41 p.m. that day.

A marine dies in a Twentynine Palms Highway motorcycle crash

A 21-year-old motorcyclist was struck and killed while out riding his bike along the Yucca Valley portion of Highway 62 at around 5:17 p.m., on Monday, Jan. 1.

Witnesses to the crash, who spoke with deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, recounted having seen a Subaru being driven eastbound along Highway 62 right before the fatal collision occurred. It was as the sedan's driver approached the intersection of Balsa Avenue and Twentynine Palms Highway that witnesses saw him attempt a U-turn.

What causes SUV rollovers?

Whether it's because of how violent they are or because of something else, those who are involved in vehicle rollovers rarely survive such a crash.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests that there are a number of factors that result in these types of crashes. While vehicle type and driver behavior play a large role in determining whether a rollover will occur, both environmental factors and road conditions can play a role in causing this type of crash also.

Injured in an auto collision? You can seek compensation

You make your usual commute to work and mull over your exciting weekend plans on what appears to be an ordinary Friday afternoon. However, seemingly out of nowhere, another motorist runs into your car, and you feel pain as a result of the impact of the crash. Your weekend plans have taken a sudden twist, as you now anticipate staying at home to recover from your injuries.

An auto collision in California can be emotionally, physically and financially costly. Fortunately, if someone injured you due to driver negligence, you have the right to seek compensation.

Why are fatal motorcycle crashes more likely during lunar events?

A new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) study suggests that when it comes to motorcycle crashes, the largest number of bikers die when there's a full moon in the night sky. Researchers at the University of Toronto, who collaborated with the NHTSA on this study, analyzed crash statistics and lunar data across 40 years before determining that there was a correlation between the two phenomena.

In combing through the crash data during this time frame, the researchers were able to determine that fatal motorcycle crashes appeared to be at least 5 percent higher on full moon nights compared to any others. Researchers additionally found that, during a "supermoon," an instance in which the moon approximates the Earth even more than a full moon does, motorcycle fatalities rise by a staggering 32 percent.

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