The federal goveHPxse2e00siqKYsXh1S3EFRi5sUrnment is paving the way for self-driving vehicles to become commonplace on U.S roads. Tuesday morning, the Department of Transportation is slated to release guidelines for the testing and deployment of automated vehicles. Government officials say autonomous vehicles will make transportation safer, more accessible, more efficient and cleaner.

“Typically, we would say a car has to meet X standard a certain way,” said Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Transportation. “We recognize that there are going to be different types of innovation that will come to us, and we intend to evaluate each of those on its own returns.”

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Reyes Law - Texting while driving - Dallas TexasDistracted driving in the U.S. is a widespread and dangerous habit, practiced both brazenly and surreptitiously by so many motorists that police are being forced to get creative, but still can’t seem to make much headway.

For example:

In Bethesda, Maryland, a police officer disguised himself as a homeless man, stood near a busy intersection and radioed ahead to officers down the road about texting drivers. In two hours, police gave out 56 tickets.

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Testosterone replacement products bring in billions for drug companies each year. Some experts say that number could reach $5 billion by 2017.

Critics say drug companies pushed misleading ads to men seeking the fountain of youth.

In 2014, the consumer watchdog group Public Citizen petitioned the FDA to include a black box warning on safety labels. The agency initially responded to the petition by saying the FDA has not concluded that FDA-approved testosterone treatment increases the risk of stroke, heart attack, or death. But in 2015, the FDA reconsidered and ordered drug makers to add stroke and heart attack warnings to labels and safety information.

Now, eight lawsuits that allege testosterone drugs caused heart attacks and blood clots will be heading to trial in 2017, according to court documents.

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The increase in driving deaths could reflect new threats to auto safety, like driver distraction from infotainment systems and smartphones.

Based on recent crash death rates, which have been on the rise since 2014, the National Safety Council predicts this Labor Day will result in 438 people being killed during the three-day holiday weekend – proving to be the deadliest since 2008.

Despite better safety equipment in cars, car crash deaths are rising with about 19,100 people being killed on U.S. roads since January — enough to fill 382 school buses — and 2.2 million were seriously injured, the council says.

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Traffic Fatalities Increase 9 Percent in First Half of 2016

Until recent years, traffic fatalities were on a decades-long decline, hitting a historic low in 2011.

But 2015 saw the greatest percentage rise in traffic fatalities in 50 years, the National Safety Council previously reported.

Nationwide, about 19,100 people, enough to fill 382 school buses, died in crashes between January and June of this year, the council said. Another 2.2 million were injured, the council continued.

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Accidents caused by drowsy drivers is on the rise

Did you know that after 21 hours without sleep, a driver is as effective as a drunk driver?

People think it won’t happen to them, but ‘drowsy drivers’ are 3.5 times more likely to crash, and often do. One recent study from the AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety concluded that 6% of motor vehicle crashes involved a drowsy driver. Their data suggests approximately 328,000 such crashes occur annually. The same study showed drowsy driving was a factor in 21% of crashes in which someone was killed.

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OGA Charter fatal bus wreck near Laredo Texas - Dallas Morning News photo credit

Over the past weekend, yet another fatal charter bus crash occurred on our Texas roads. According to the Dallas Morning News, an OGA Charters bus was involved in a rollover crash which killed 9 people and injured at least 44 others on U.S. 83 North, approximately 45 miles north of Laredo. While the crash investigation is still in the preliminary phases, it seems clear that OGA Charters had failed recent safety and mechanical inspections – some resulting in vehicles being sidelined until repairs had been made.

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New Study – Phones May Be The Single Most Important Factor In Causing Car Crashes

A $70 million study funded by the US Transportation Research Board and conducted by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute concludes that cell phone usage could be the single greatest cause of car accidents today. The study monitored over 3500 drivers in cars equipped with video cameras and other sensors and revealed drivers doing many things in addition to driving such as finding a suitable radio station, checking text messages and notifications, interacting with passengers and other things not related to driving. The study concluded that distracted driving doubled the risk of car crashes overall and distracted driving behaviors occurred approximately 50% of the time.

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Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. Vehicles Have Open Safety Recalls

When a safety defect in an automobile is serious enough to warrant a recall, the problem affects not only the vehicle owner and passengers but also people in other vehicles whose lives you may be putting in danger. A defective power steering system, brake system, or air bags can cause traffic accidents which injure and kill innocent people. It is our responsibility to take vehicle recall announcements very seriously.

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Blood Monitor Device Tainted Xarelto Clinical Trials

A new drug’s effectiveness and safety are tested and verified by studies and clinical trials conducted by independent third parties such as universities and scientific labs. From a drug company’s perspective, receiving the endorsement of a successful clinical trial is essential to successfully marketing a new drug. Drug companies and their salesman use the results of these studies and trials as sales tools to market the drug to doctors. A pharmaceutical company can make billions of dollars by developing a drug that is more effective than another, providing doctors with an incentive to buy one to replace the other. In 2015 alone, Johnson and Johnson made $1.9 billion dollars selling Xarelto, an anti-clotting drug used to treat patients who are in danger of having a stroke. The future of this drug is now in question, however, because one of the testing devices used in the clinical trial has been deemed to be defective.

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