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May 2017 Archives

Hair testing gets further support in trucking industry

Illinois residents might be interested in news about expected changes in the trucking industry. In an effort to find more effective methods for drug testing of drivers, five senators are pressuring the Department of Health and Human Services to issue official guidelines for using hair instead of urine for drug testing. Their concern, the senators explained, is that the lack of guidelines has prevented the Department of Transportation from issuing approval of this drug testing method for the trucking industry.

IIHS calls for mandatory truck side-mounted underride guards

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has conducted what it says are the first tests designed to evaluate the safety benefits of side-mounted underride guards. Federal lawmakers are considering regulations that would make the fitting of rear-mounted underride guards to semi-tractor trailers in Illinois and around the country mandatory, but the IIHS says that side-mounted underride guards could also save lives and should be required as well.

Device takes aim at distracted driving

The use of handheld electronic devices while behind the wheel is prohibited in Illinois, but police rarely cite motorists for this violation unless they catch them in the act. This is because police officers must generally acquire search warrants before examining cellphones, but this rarely happens except in the case of catastrophic accidents. However, a road safety advocacy group and an Israeli technology company have developed a device that they say allows police officers to check cellphones while protecting the privacy of drivers.

Faulty cardiovascular devices caused fatality and injuries

When your doctor recommends a medical device for heart issues, you want to believe that the device has been well-designed and properly tested. Sometimes, however, manufacturers of these life-critical devices make mistakes. Most times, those issues result in recall and replacement procedures to ensure that patients aren't put at risk.

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