More than a year after a crash that claimed the life of a 29-year-old Pennsylvania man, a Mantee, Mississippi, truck driver has been charged with multiple offenses including involuntary manslaughter. The chain-reaction crash occurred in Decemember 2017 on Route 28 in O'Hara, Pennsylvania.
If you're among the millions who will be traveling to a vacation destination or family gathering this holiday season, one of the biggest dangers you'll face on the road is drowsy drivers. Although driving under the influence and distracted driving are well-known causes of car crashes, according to AAA, about 20 percent of all fatal crashes involve at least one driver who dozed off or was operating on insufficient sleep. Nonetheless, nearly one-third of people surveyed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety admitted to driving "when they were so tired they had a hard time keeping their eyes open" within the past month.
Rain is a possibility at any time of the year here in Mississippi. However, it seems as though some drivers still haven't learned to make the necessary adjustments to safely navigate the roads in wet weather. You can't control what other drivers do. However, you can take steps to keep yourself and your passengers safe and be prepared when you encounter unsafe drivers.
Many of us arrive home from work in the evening to a four-legged family member anxious for the nightly walk. As the hours of daylight decrease this time of year, these walks are more likely to be in the dark.
In recent years, Mississippi has increased its criminal penalties for drunk driving. The legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level in our state and throughout the country is .08 percent.
All of us can save a life -- or maybe multiple lives -- by reporting suspected drunk drivers. If you see someone driving erratically and dangerously, you want to stay a safe distance away from them. However, if you can describe the vehicle and its location to a 911 operator, police may be able to get to the driver and pull them over before they hurt someone, including themselves.
It's been three months since the crash that killed a 4-year-old and injured his 6-year-old sister and mother. The Mississippi Highway Patrol (MHP) has now revealed that the driver who allegedly ran a stop sign in Sunflower County and struck the vehicle carrying the Arkansas family tested "positive for alcohol" in toxicology tests. Photos of the SUV show that the front end was completely crumpled.
The period when a teen is learning to drive can be one of the most frightening and stressful in a parent's life. It's best to leave the bulk of the teaching to the driver's education professionals. They don't have the complicated history with your child that you likely do. Therefore, an hour or two behind the wheel is less likely to end in shouting and tears than if you're the one in the passenger seat.
Whether you've just gotten your first motorcycle or you're an experienced rider, when you hit the road this summer, you'll be sharing it with a lot of people on two and four wheels. During the summer, our streets and highways are filled with tourists and native Mississippians alike. Unfortunately, not all are as cognizant of what's going on around them as they should be -- and particularly not of motorcycles, which can be difficult for even alert drivers to see.
Summer in Mississippi means wearing as little as you can get away with. For many people, that means living in flip-flops.