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Car accidents rob community of benefactors

Sadly, negligent or reckless actions while driving can take the lives of people who are well-loved and contributing members of the community. Not only do fatal car accidents leave a void in the lives of family and friends of the victim, but they may rob citizens of someone who was influential in achieving good on a broader scale. One Texas city is mourning the loss of a public figure who died tragically on a recent Wednesday morning.

The former city councilman was the frontrunner for an elected position as a county court judge. The 67-year-old man was also an advocate for bicycle safety and was riding his bike around 8 a.m. when the accident occurred. Investigators believe the 37-year-old driver of a pickup truck drove up behind the councilman's bike and struck him. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital where he died from his injuries.

New auto technology and pedestrian safety

Auto technology is currently in a state of rapid change. Recent years have seen many new vehicle safety systems enter the market. And it appears that many additional technologies are on the horizon.

One big traffic safety issue in the U.S. these days is pedestrian safety. Far too many people are hurt or killed when out walking. Might emerging auto technologies help make the nation’s roads a much safer place for pedestrians in the future?

Watching out for distracted drivers

Cell phones continue to become essential parts in everyone’s lives. There are more activities and ways to communicate with your friends and family than ever before. With an increase in usage comes an increase in risks they present on the road.

Texas recently passed a law that prohibits texting while driving. They hope that passing it will minimize the amount of crashes and deaths caused by distracted driving. While it helps, it will not completely separate people from their phones or prevent other forms of distracted driving such as eating, drinking or applying makeup.

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