Safety & Loss Control News

Indiana Now Requires Scooter Registration; Thousands Comply

Thousands of motor-driven cycles, the vast majority mopeds and scooters, have been registered with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles since a new law went into effect in January that placed more stringent requirements on riders of two-wheel vehicles. Until …

Lincoln, Nebraska Considering Ban on ‘Flying Bags of Fire’

The Lincoln, Neb., City Council will consider a proposal to ban flying lanterns — or what Public Safety Director Tom Casady calls “flying bags of fire.” Councilman Roy Christensen proposed the ban, the Lincoln Journal Star reported. Bill Moody, the …

Dozens of Minnesota Rail Bridges Found to Be Structurally Deficient

About one in five railroad bridges that pass over Minnesota roadways are structurally deficient, according to state and local inspections last year. Railroad bridges are in worse condition than road bridges, with just over 10 percent of the state’s highway …

Oklahoma Town OKs Rules Restricting Oil, Gas Drilling in City

Leaders in Stillwater, Okla., approved new rules for oil and gas drilling within the city to the disappointment of industry representatives. A.J. Ferate, vice president of regulatory affairs at the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association, said the City Council’s approval of …

Fatalities Increase, Seat Belt Use Decreases in 2015 in NW Missouri

Northwest Missouri has seen a rise in fatal wrecks, and authorities are alarmed because most of the victims weren’t wearing seat belts. A Missouri State Highway Patrol troop for the area reports a 54 percent increase in vehicle fatalities for …

Golf Carts Being Allowed on Streets in More Small Towns in Illinois

It’s not unusual to see residents zipping around on golf carts in many small Illinois communities, as local officials increasingly adopt ordinances to accommodate the popular vehicles. Golf carts are getting the green light as an alternative to cars and …

Texas-Based Whataburger Says ‘No’ to Open Carry

An iconic Texas restaurant chain will not allow the open carrying of guns on its properties, and industry experts say other restaurants will likely take the same stand against a new state law legalizing the practice in many public places. …

Stricter Teen Driving Laws Now in Effect in Ohio

Ohio’s teen drivers under the age of 18 will face tighter restrictions went into effect on July 1, an Ohio insurance trade group reported. According to the Ohio Insurance Institute, the new restrictions focus on limiting the number of passengers …

Texas Insurance Trade Group: Beware of July 4 Driving

Traffic records dating back 30 years continually list July 4 as the deadliest day to travel on our roadways, the Insurance Council of Texas reports. With July 4 landing on a Saturday this year, the mix of summer travel, the …

Judge Won’t Budge on Start of Minnesota Levee Construction

Construction of a ring levee that’s related to a Red River diversion project around the Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., area must remain on hold, a federal judge from Minnesota has ruled. U.S. District Judge John Tunheim in May put levee …