National Safety Council News

70% of Employers Say Prescription Drug Abuse Affects Workplace

More than 70 percent of United States employers are feeling the direct impact of prescription drug misuse in their workplaces, according to a survey from the National Safety Council. The survey, How the Prescription Drug Crisis Is Impacting American Employers, …

Lucky to Be Alive, Calling for a Revolution in Road Safety

Three weeks ago, I was walking home on a dark, snowy night in Concord, Massachusetts. The next thing I knew, I was in a hospital, hooked up to some kind of machine. I could not lift my legs or even …

Driver Deaths Rose 6% in 2016, Topping 40,000

U.S. motor vehicle accident deaths last year topped 40,000 for the first time since 2007 as cheap gasoline and a healthy economy encouraged motorists to drive more, according to new estimates released by the National Safety Council. Roadside fatalities last …

Safety Advocates Frustrated that Accident-Prevention Technologies Remain Optional

Computerized sensors that warn drivers they’re about to rear-end another vehicle or prevent other types of accidents are available on models made by every major auto manufacturer. The problem, according to a U.S. safety agency and accident-prevention advocates, is that …

U.S. Autonomous Vehicle Policy Attempts to Straddle Lanes of Safety and Innovation

The new U.S. policy on self-driving cars received a mixed reaction from highway-safety advocates who acknowledged the life-saving potential though warned of a world of “human guinea pigs.” The Transportation Department’s new guidelines give carmakers and states “the green light …

Traffic Fatalities Continue to Rise; Up 9% in First Half of Year

Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council indicate motor vehicle deaths were 9 percent higher through the first six months of 2016 than in 2015, and 18 percent higher than two years ago at the six month mark. An estimated …

Safety Officials: Higher Speeds Causing More Traffic Fatalities in Illinois

Safety and insurance industry experts say Illinois traffic fatalities are expected to pass 1,000 this year for the first time since 2008 because of higher speeds, more miles driven and an increase in the number of younger drivers on the …

Americans on Road to Driving Record Number of Miles

American drivers logged a record number of miles in the first three months of the year, as travel rose 4.2 percent to 746 billion miles, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday. In March this year, Americans drove 273.4 billion …

Pedestrian Deaths in Minnesota Rising Again

The number of pedestrians struck and killed is on the rise in Minnesota a year after it had dropped, and officials say distracted walking appears to be a big factor. As of mid-December, the number of pedestrian deaths this year …

Survey: Prescription Drug Abuse Affecting Indiana Companies

The majority of Indiana companies that responded to a survey tied to the state’s growing woes with prescription medication abuse say their businesses are being affected by workplace abuse or misuse of those drugs, according to findings released on Dec. …