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December 2013 Archives

ATV fatalities on paved roads

All-terrain vehicles were designed to be used in the dirt and off paved roads; however, some riders have begun using them on paved roads in Georgia and across the nation. One study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows that about two-thirds of ATV fatal accidents happen on paved roads where the vehicles are usually banned. Government statistics confirm that between 2007 and 2011, just over 1,701 ATV riders lost their lives in accidents on public roads in this nation, or nearly one person each day. Of those, deaths, 62 occurred in Georgia.

Owner urged speed before dangerous property collapse

Georgia commercial property owners may have heard that the man who owned most of the Philadelphia building that collapsed on June 5 and killed six people during demolition had been pushing for the contractors tearing it down to go faster. This may have contributed to the negligence that was allegedly the cause of a four-story masonry wall crashing down onto a thrift store below. Newly released emails show that the head of New York City-based STB said that he was shocked to see the building still standing at the 2100 block of Market Street at the end of May.

Train derailments decline but not stopping

In the Atlanta, Georgia, area and nationwide, train derailments tend to be newsworthy because of both their rareness and their severity. However, this wasn't always the case. Up until about 1980, there were approximately 3,000 derailments per year in the U.S. alone. Nowadays, there are only about 500 due to safety and equipment upgrades, suggesting that while the problem has improved, it's still not completely gone.

Sheriff, commission chairman ordered to court for jail conditions

It was reported on Nov. 27 that U.S. District Court judge ordered a Fulton sheriff and the Commission Chairman to appear in court after they failed to mitigate the poor conditions of the Rice Street jail. Under a 2006 consent order, the facility was required to house less than 2,500 inmates and to have an adequate number of staff members. However, the jail was found to be overcrowded and understaffed. In addition, the jail also had faulty locks.

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