ASK A COP: Driverless cars legal here

first_img Here’s the catch, data seems to suggest that autonomous cars may be safer than cars driven by humans. Most car crashes are caused by human error. Self-driving cars follow set rules, while human drivers can be unpredictable. This can make self-driving cars safer or more dangerous, depending on the situation.Google claims that more than 90% of these fatalities were due to human error. Google announced that its driverless cars had covered over 700,000 miles (1.12 million kilometers) without a recorded accident caused by one of its vehicles — one of Google’s driverless vehicle was hit from behind, but the other driver was at fault. So Karen, in Texas you don’t have to have an driver behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and still comply with state of Texas law. By the way Karen, I’ve seen that vehicle as well!Dianna from Groves asks: Officer Antoine, what an impact you’ve made and an asset you’ve been to our area! Personally, I’m a much more conscientious driver. Yes, I’ve learned from you on three different occasions. First, you gave me a ticket, then I started reading your Ask a Cop articles and lastly my company invited you to our annual safety luncheon, where you were the guest speaker. May I add, you gave a very impactful and timely message that people are still talking about today!My question is about passengers who put their feet on dashboard while on the highway. While traveling during our summer trip, I’ve noticed scores of passengers either sitting up or reclined and their feet are on the dashboard while the car was traveling on highway. I understand there are those seeking comfort while traveling, but I just don’t get it. Is it legal to travel with feet on dashboard in Texas?Answer: Good question, Dianna! I’d be amiss if I fail to thank you for the kind words of support. All my efforts while employed with the Port Arthur Police Department have been to help someone else. I’m grateful you have a different change of behavior behind the wheel, and I give God all the glory for any part I may have contributed to that.I’ve discovered driving is an act where we must have continued education. The “Drive Safe” course presented to your company has reached over 25, 000 motorists, and I’m thankful that our current Chief of Police Tim Duriso share that same passion and vision of his Police Department being committed and active to community outreach. Karen from Port Arthur asks: Officer Antoine, love your column.I was wondering the other day about the Google driverless cars on the road. Now if you need a driver’s license to legally operate a vehicle on the roads of Texas shouldn’t that mean that a driver needs to be in the car behind the steering wheel in Texas? Is it legal to be on the road in Texas with a driverless vehicle; is it safe? About a year or so ago I saw a Google vehicle on Memorial Boulevard but I didn’t turn around to see if it had a driver. Officer Antoine, are these types of self-driven vehicles legal in Texas?Answer: Very good question, Karen! Get ready for change because Autonomous (driverless) vehicles are legal in Texas and the demand will only increase for this new technology. This new driving system is far more advanced than many Texas motorists are ready for, don’t feel like you’re on an island alone. Karen, Texas law sets the owner of the automated car as the vehicle’s legal operator and allows the driving system to be the entity licensed to operate the vehicle. Karen, Texas Senate Bill 2205 requires driverless vehicles used on highways be capable of complying with all traffic laws, be equipped with video-recording devices and be insured, just like other cars. It also makes the manufacturer responsible for any broken traffic laws or car wrecks, as long as the automated driving system hasn’t been modified by anyone else.center_img Dianna, I’ve seen passengers with their feet on the dashboard as well; it’s not a safe practice that I’d even dare attempt or allow in my vehicle. But having your feet on the dashboard while on the roadway in Texas is not illegal. I encourage all passengers to travel as safely as possible at all times. I’ve often asked myself what would happen if I were involved in a crash and my feet were on the dashboard. The end result wouldn’t be pretty!Tina from Groves asks: Officer Antoine, thanks for all you do to inform the community about driving laws. My husband is not totally reformed on his bad driving habits, and I’m not the least bit excited when he drives, especially on the highway. I will say thanks to God and the Ask a Cop column.He’s more conscientious about laws than he’s ever been, because there was a time when I wouldn’t ride with him. Officer Antoine, my husband is a habitual tailgater. If he wants to pass another vehicle on the highway, he gets too close to them to intimidate the other driver to move over. Did I mention he drives a big truck?Officer Antoine, this has me pulling my hair out. How close can you be to a vehicle before you violate the driving-too-close law? I will say he respects your column so can you please help!Answer: Good question, Tina! I personally don’t know a perfect driver (myself included), but I’m grateful for motorists like yourself and thousands of others, who have taken an interest in this column to increase our knowledge of the Texas Transportation Code. In my opinion, once our knowledge about the laws on the road is better, we drive better, which will in turn make our roads safer! Now Tina, tell your husband tailgating is only OK as long as he’s in the parking lot of a football game, either high school, collegiate or professional sports team like the champions, The Pittsburgh Steelers (smile)!Tina, you are correct, your husband’s driving behavior on the highways where the speed limits are higher, are very dangerous and should be stopped immediately. There’s no set footage or distance given by the state for traveling on the roads of Texas, only that it’s done at a safe distance.Tina, I hope this gets your husband’s attention, that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, rear-end collisions account for about 23 percent of all motor-vehicle crashes, resulting in about 2,000 deaths and 950,000 injuries.Join Officer Antoine for Ask A Cop Live on KSAP 96.9 FM, “The Breeze” radio station every Tuesday from 1-2 p.m. Tune in and listen as Officer Antoine discusses in detail the newly released Ask A Cop article that printed in The News. You can also tune in via internet at www.ksapthebreeze.org. Feel free to call in and ask your question live to Officer Antoine at 409-982-0247.Remember to email your questions to [email protected], or call 409-983-8673 and leave a message or voice mail question, or mail them to: Ofc. Rickey Antoine, 645 Fourth St., Port Arthur, Texas, 77640. If you happen to see me in public you can Ask A Cop!last_img read more

CDC’s new estimation method raises H1N1 numbers

first_imgNov 12, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today unveiled a new counting method that significantly increases the estimated numbers of pandemic HIN1 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. At the same time, the agency said it will receive only about half the vaccine it expected this week.At a media briefing today, Anne Schuchat, MD, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, said the CDC’s new method of calculating pandemic cases and deaths is designed to provide a better big-picture view. Though the new numbers are significantly larger than the CDC’s previous counts, they don’t suggest that the disease situation has changed, she said.Earlier this week a handful of influenza blogs and message boards, as well as media outlets such as the New York Times, previewed the new CDC estimates.A broader way to view flu burdenThe new estimates combine information from the CDC’s Emerging Infection Program Network, which tracks flu cases in 10 states and 62 counties, with aggregate state reports of lab-confirmed hospitalizations and deaths. Previous hospitalization and death counts were based on individual lab-confirmed cases. “We’ve tried this a few different ways, and really the estimates converge,” Schuchat said. “We’re feeling comfortable we’ll be giving you appropriate estimates today.”The CDC numbers for April through Oct 17 give a single number for each category, plus lower and upper estimates around each number. She said the CDC estimates that 22 million people in the United States have become ill with the pandemic flu virus. The number of hospitalizations is estimated to be 98,000, with range between 63,000 and 153,000. For comparison, the CDC’s most recent hospitalization count using the previous tracking method is 17,838.Deaths through Oct 17 likely totaled 3,900, with a range of 2,500 to 6,100. For comparison, the CDC’s most recent fatality count using its previous tracking method is 672. Pediatric deaths calculated with the new system total 540, with a range of 300 to 800. For comparison, the CDC’s most recent pediatric death tally using its previous method was 129 lab-confirmed pandemic H1N1 fatalities.Age-based breakdowns using the new method are available on the CDC’s Web site and all the numbers will be updated every 3 to 4 weeks. Schuchat said the new estimation method confirms that younger people are bearing the brunt of pandemic illnesses and supports the prioritization recommendations set by the CDC’s vaccine advisory committee.Special concerns for diabetic patientsAt today’s briefing, Schuchat singled out the impact that the virus is having on people with diabetes. So far, 12% of all hospitalizations for pandemic flu infections have involved people with the disease.”We know that people hospitalized with H1N1 influenza who have diabetes have a good chance of ending up in the intensive care unit,” she said. “One in four hospitalized patients with diabetes did require intensive care unit management.”The three most important measures people with diabetes can take to protect themselves against the virus are to receive the injectable version of the pandemic vaccine, check with a healthcare provider at the first sign of a flu-like illness for prompt treatment with oseltamivir or zanamivir, and ensure that they have received the pneumonia vaccine.Vaccine production shortfallIn her update on vaccine developments, Schuchat said the number of doses available to states for ordering has now reached 41.6 million, which she said is lower than what federal officials expected. On Nov 6 when the vaccine supply stood at 38 million the CDC said if all production steps went smoothly for the manufacturers it expected the vaccine supply to grow by 8 million doses over the ensuing week, but today’s figure marks an increase of only 3.6 million.Schuchat said it’s difficult to make accurate vaccine production projections from week to week, because some steps happen at the last minute, such as lot release testing before the vaccine leaves the plant. “If the lot releases come out a certain way, everything goes forward. If they come out other ways, you have to look into things in more detail,” Schuchat said.Sometimes problems crop up with shipping as vaccine leaves the factory, she said, adding that CDC officials have been told that hurricane-related disruptions might have contributed to some shipping problems this week.A spokeswoman for MedImmune, the company making the intranasal, live attenuated H1N1 vaccine (LAIV), told CIDRAP News in an e-mail today that the company’s delivery of nasal spray to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is in line with expectations. A spokesman from Sanofi also told CIDRAP News that the company is on track with pandemic vaccine delivery and that it delivered what it promised this week.A Novartis spokeswoman said today that the company is on track with its commitment to the government. She said Novartis has shipped over 7.5 million doses of H1N1 vaccine and expects 25 to 30 million doses to become available by the end of November.Schuchat said the CDC won’t know until tomorrow what the week’s final vaccine tally will be. “It’s an imperfect process both producing the vaccine and then projecting how many doses you’ll have at any one point,” she said. “It’s important for us all to remember it’s a marathon and not a sprint. But more vaccine is being ordered, delivered, and used every day.”See also:Nov 12 CDC background information on new estimates of pandemic H1N1 cases, hospitalizations, and deathslast_img read more

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High school football: Haughton rolls past Franklin Parish

first_imgSophomore quarterback Peyton Stovall accounted for 276 total yards as the Haughton Buccaneers defeated the Franklin Parish Patriots 54-30 Friday night in a non-district game in Winnsboro.Haughton improved to 5-1. Franklin Parish, a member of District 2-4A, dropped to 3-3 with its third straight loss.The Bucs never punted in the game. They scored on every possession except one, a drive that ended on an interception just before the end of the first half.With the starters playing three quarters, Haughton rolled up 409 yards total offense. The Bucs averaged 10.2 yards per play on 40 plays. “We played well on offense, got ahead early,” Haughton coach Jason Brotherton said. “They made a little run at us there late in the second quarter. Then we got a couple of stops finally. They scored one late to make it look a little closer than it probably was.”Haughton was coming off two big District 1-5A games against Byrd and Evangel Christian. The 128-mile trip to Winnsboro is by far the longest the Bucs will have in the regular season.“We were worried about it,” Brotherton said. “We had a bad week of practice. We were kind of out of our element, a team our kids knew nothing about after two big games. We were kind of worried about that letting down factor but they played well.”Stovall continued his outstanding season, completing eight of 10 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 93 yards on just six attempts and scored on a 1-yard run.Keyshawn Davis gained 76 yards on 14 carries. He had touchdown runs of 1 and 7 yards. Tristan Sweeney had three catches for 83 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown catch. CJ McWilliams caught five passes for 59 yards. Stovall’s other TD pass went to Matthew Whitten for 13 yards. Carter Jensen’s third PAT gave the Bucs a 21-0 lead. Xander Morris scored Haughton’s first touchdown on a 3-yard run. Sean Hardison ran 17 yards for a score in the fourth quarter.Thanks to the Patriots’ second-quarter surge, it was still a game at the half with the Bucs leading 28-16. But Haughton scored two touchdowns in a five-minute span of the third quarter to blow the game open. The second of those was an interception return for a touchdown by Jonathan Stephens. Haughton, which is 1-1 in District 1-5A, hosts Captain Shreve on Thursday. The Gators (5-1, 1-1) defeated Parkway 23-2 Thursday night.Brotherton’s brother, Coy, will be on the opposite sideline. The former Plain Dealing head coach is the Captain Shreve offensive coordinator.“That’ll be fun,” Jason Brotherton said. “My mom and dad will be stressed out.”Brotherton was at the Captain Shreve game and he also saw the Gators play one other time this season.“They’re good,” he said. “They’re explosive on offense, score a lot of points. Both running backs are good. They’ve got big receivers. Their O-line is the biggest around here. They’re huge up front. They’re defense is pretty good. They’re the real deal. We’ll have to play well to beat them. We’re excited it’s at our place. Typically we play a little better there. So we’re hoping that if we play well it will be a good game.”Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPersonal Loan | Search AdsGetting a Loan in Hong Kong Might be Easier Than You ThinkPersonal Loan | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more