Texas is part of the 13th annual "Click It or Ticket" safety effort to make sure travelers buckle up. The campaign that began Monday and runs through June 1 means law enforcement officers are ready to ticket anyone not using a seat belt. Texas law requires everyone in a vehicle to wear a seat belt.
The stepped-up enforcement effort includes the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Department of Transportation and sherriff's offices statewide.
Officials say that Texas had 3,371 traffic fatalities last year, and approximately 1,500 of those motorists were not buckled up. Administration figures show wearing a seat belt increases your chances of surviving a serious crash by 45 percent.
According to results released today by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, General Motors Co.'s Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain earned top marks in a test designed to simulate one of the deadliest types of front-end collisions. The two models earned a rating of "good". Toyota Motor Corp.'s Highlander was deemed "acceptable", and the other six vehicles tested were rated marginal or poor.
The Equinox and Terrain were modified for the 2014 model year to improve their front structure and door-hinge pillars. Driver survival space stayed intact after impact, the insurance institute said. The worst performer among the tested SUV's was Honda Motor Co.'s Pilot, the institute said. Its parking-brake pedal moved forward 16 1/2 inches and the steering column moved 5 1/2 inches. Besides the Pilot, the four other SUV's to receive a "poor" rating were Mazda Motor Corp.'s CX-9, Ford Motor Co's Explorer, the Sorento made by Kia Motors Corp. and the Toyota 4Runner. Chrysler Goup LLC's Jeep Grand Cherokee was rated "marginal". Click here to read the full article.
The Coalition Against Insurance Fraud convicted the worst-of-the-worst as they inducted new members into the Insurance Fraud Hall of Shame. Inductees were either convicted or had other legal closure in 2013, and range from the audacious, to the klutzy, to the downright strange.
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