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Transportation Dept. responds to lax bus safety policy, P.2

In our previous post, we began discussing a recent decision by Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood in which he put an end to a common practice in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration of granting 10-day extension periods to companies found to be in serious violations of safety regulations. Such extensions are meant to give companies time to correct their mistakes and thus avoid a shutdown.

Transportation Dept. responds to lax bus safety policy, P.1

Under federal regulations, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration may grant an extension only when a company submits a plan to address the noted safety problems. The extensions were apparently used to ensure that any shutdown would survive a court challenge, and give companies a chance to improve their compliance with safety regulations. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, since last October, has granted extensions eight different times to bus operators after having found serious violations of safety regulations.

NJ drivers score poorly on GMAC driver's safety survey, P.1

According to a nationwide survey by GMAC Insurance, New Jersey drivers are among the poorest performers of written drivers tests in the nation. Last year, New Jersey scored last on the survey. Only Washington, D.C. and New York drivers were worse off than New Jersey drivers.

Mother and two sons struck by car on Sunday morning

A mother's worst nightmare occurred on Sunday morning when a woman witnessed her child being plowed over by a car and drug on the street in West New York. The Jersey Journal reports that a woman and her two young children were hit by a car at around ten o'clock on Sunday morning at the intersection of 64th Street and Bergenline Avenue.

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