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October 2017 Archives

Night shift workers run the risk of drowsy driving

In Mississippi and around the country, night shift workers are endangering themselves and others on the road because of drowsiness. Drowsy driving is considered a public health hazard, and investigators at Brigham and Women's Hospital have conducted a study to see just how dangerous it can be.

Bed sores are an evident sign of likely neglect in nursing home

With the recent loss of eight elderly residents of a nursing home, the spotlight is again on nursing home neglect, and people in Mississippi have taken note. USA Today reports the sister nursing home to the one that housed these seniors had recently and temporarily lost its right to accept new patients after findings of abuses and neglect.

Deadly accidents are up; speeding and not buckling up to blame

Mississippi drivers might want to be more cautious than usual on the roads these days, because deadly crashes are on the rise. This information comes from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Speeding, not using seat belts and a rise in motorcycle fatalities are the primary reasons for the increase.

Bills proposed to force FMCSA's action on sleep apnea rule

Mississippi truck drivers who have sleep apnea may carry higher risks of causing accidents. Sleep apnea, a disorder that causes people to stop breathing multiple times per night, disrupting their sleep, may cause truck drivers to be fatigued and drowsy while they are behind the wheel. In August, the Department of Transportation announced that it was withdrawing a rule that would have provided guidelines for when drivers should be referred for sleep apnea screening.

Distracted driving is more than just talking on a cellphone

Mississippi motorists likely know that distracted driving is wrong, but that may not stop them from doing it in some form. Many may think that distracted driving is confined to talking on the cellphone or texting while behind the wheel. If so, they would be wrong. It is anything that takes the driver's mind off the road.

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