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Survey Shows Most Indiana Drivers Are Unprepared for Winter Weather Conditions

A new survey released by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) showed that almost 75 percent of Indiana residents do not have a kit in their vehicle to prepare them for winter weather emergencies. With the holidays approaching, traffic will become congested during peak travel days. IDHS representatives have advised that preparing an emergency kit should be a priority for anyone planning to travel during the winter months. IDHS Senior Public Information Officer John Erickson told the Greensburg Daily News that drivers should check tire pressure, tread depth, car batteries, antifreeze levels, heaters, defrosters, wipers and blades before heading on any long trip. IDHS also recommends putting together a preparedness kit for your vehicle that includes blankets, extra batteries, flashlights, extra clothing, a shovel, bottled water, non-perishable food, a first aid kit, sand for tire traction, a cell phone and vehicle charger, an ice scraper and a snow brush….
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New IIHS Numbers Reveal the Danger of Large Trucks in Indiana

New numbers released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) ranked Indiana sixth in the nation for fatal accidents involving large trucks. The rankings were based on data from 2011, which is the latest data released by the federal government. Deaths involving large trucks totaled to 500 between Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky in 2011. This region made up almost 15 percent of all the deaths involving large trucks in the U.S. that year. In an interview with WCPO Cincinnati, truck driving expert Eddie Mullins, who trains CDL drivers and has been driving semi trucks for over 15 years, explained that certain safety precautions need to be taken by large truck drivers in order to reduce accidents along busy interstates. Some of these tips included: Look down at the road, not just in front of you, while driving a large truck Be aware of your surroundings at all times Keep…
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Washington Truck Accident Kills Young Child, Injures Three Others

A two-year-old boy was killed and three other family members were injured in a Washington truck accident on November 10. According to authorities, a semi-truck heading westbound on U.S. 50 failed to stop at a red light and collided with a van driven by the young boy’s mother, killing the two-year-old and severely injuring his mother, father and five-year-old brother. The young victim was airlifted to a local hospital after the accident where he later died. The other three family members were taken to another local hospital with severe injuries. The driver of the semi-truck was not injured in the accident and was cited for failure to yield. The accident is still under investigation and it has not been determined if criminal charges will be filed. Driver error is the most common cause of large truck accidents, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Truck drivers who chose to…
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