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Could police make Seattle intersections safer?

Intersections can be dangerous, especially during rush hour. Drivers in a hurry may attempt to pass through an intersection just before the light turns red, if not during a red light. In the worst case, they can cause a crash. While there are legal punishments for these crimes, sadly they still happen on a daily basis.

Recognizing the signs of whiplash

Unlike movie depictions, traffic accidents don’t always involve explosions or catastrophic dives off of cliffs. In fact, the majority of accidents don’t look like much. A few dents might not seem so destructive, but minor crashes can still create major injuries for drivers and passengers.

Good tires can save you from an emergency

We have all had risky moments on the road: swerving out of the way, braking hard or slipping toward an intersection. Many drivers owe their safety in these situations to their tires. As the only point of contact between your vehicle and the ground, tires have a vital role.

Honking at other drivers may backfire

The horn is one of the earliest automobile safety features in history, but it might also be one of the most abused. Honking can help produce a sound loud enough to alert other drivers to potential dangers. However, it can create major problems if not used as intended.

Teen driver on marijuana crashed into truck, killing passengers

There’s no question that fatal car accidents are tragic, but they are especially heart-wrenching when teens and children are involved. The loss of a young life leaves behind the question of what could have been.

Recipe for a vehicle emergency kit

The most careful drivers can still experience a traffic accident. Every driver should be prepared for the worst scenario. Especially in bad weather, carrying a few essentials in your vehicle will help you stay calm, cool and collected if you are stuck or hurt.

Congress proposes new truck safety guards requirement

Once in a while, politicians set aside party lines to address a situation that deserves a solution. Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand and Republican Marco Rubio both agree: their proposed bill can prevent some deadly truck accidents.

Grace period ends for new distracted driving law

Washington residents should know not to use their phones while driving by now, according to law enforcement. For the past six months, Washington State Patrol has given warnings to drivers who use personal devices on the road, but this grace period is now over.

Smoking while driving may be a distraction

Health professionals have long foretold the dangers of smoking. Many smokers know that the habit can affect their lungs, teeth and heart, but at least it doesn’t hurt anyone else – or so they may believe. What many people don’t realize is that smoking can also be a hazard on the road.

Headlights are a safety feature, too

How often do you drive in the dark? Right now in Seattle, the sun sets before 4:30 p.m. Chances are that you’ve been relying heavily on your headlights and street lamps. Your vision and well-being depend on your headlights’ ability to function.

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