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Hit-and-run suspect claims epilepsy

An 11-year-old boy was driving his go-kart on the sidewalk near his home when he was struck and dragged by a woman in an SUV, who then drove off. She has since been charged for leaving the scene of an accident. Her attorney claims that she does not remember hitting the boy, who doctors put in a medically-induced coma, as Frank Heinz reports for NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.

Hit-and-run suspect claims epilepsy

An 11-year-old boy was driving his go-kart on the sidewalk near his home when he was struck and dragged by a woman in an SUV, who then drove off. She has since been charged for leaving the scene of an accident. Her attorney claims that she does not remember hitting the boy, who doctors put in a medically-induced coma, as Frank Heinz reports for NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.

27,635 people arrested for DWI, deported in 2010, ABC News reports

As Suzanne Gamboa reports for ABC News, a huge spike in deportations for criminal offenses under the Obama administration has "renewed skepticism" among critics who cite Obama's claim that his administration is focusing on deporting illegal immigrants who commit serious crimes.

27,635 people arrested for DWI, deported in 2010, ABC News reports

As Suzanne Gamboa reports for ABC News, a huge spike in deportations for criminal offenses under the Obama administration has "renewed skepticism" among critics who cite Obama's claim that his administration is focusing on deporting illegal immigrants who commit serious crimes.

Truck driver shortage could increase pressure on current drivers

"You're going to get fired, and it's going to be hard to find another job," says American Trucking Association economist Bob Costello, as reported by Walker Moskop for San Antonio Express-News. Costello is referring to tighter regulations imposed on truck drivers in terms of the driver rating system, which could "weed out" truck drivers with safety problems.

Truck driver shortage could increase pressure on current drivers

"You're going to get fired, and it's going to be hard to find another job," says American Trucking Association economist Bob Costello, as reported by Walker Moskop for San Antonio Express-News. Costello is referring to tighter regulations imposed on truck drivers in terms of the driver rating system, which could "weed out" truck drivers with safety problems.

Cheap gas and 100 mile per hour trucks

"You talk about fun, man," Jeffrey Ball quotes truck driver Gary Vann, reporting for the Wall Street Journal. Vann refers to the late 1990s, when gas was cheap and Vann could "hurtle down empty stretches of highway at 100 miles per hour," Ball writes.

Cheap gas and 100 mile per hour trucks

"You talk about fun, man," Jeffrey Ball quotes truck driver Gary Vann, reporting for the Wall Street Journal. Vann refers to the late 1990s, when gas was cheap and Vann could "hurtle down empty stretches of highway at 100 miles per hour," Ball writes.

Police discover a ton of pot hidden inside disabled 18-wheeler

This is a related follow up to last week's blog post, in which we briefly discussed Reuter's report that big rigs from Mexico may soon be allowed to operate on U.S. roadways, but that Mexican big rigs will have to comply with rules regarding electronic monitoring in order to prevent tractor trailer accidents.

Police discover a ton of pot hidden inside disabled 18-wheeler

This is a related follow up to last week's blog post, in which we briefly discussed Reuter's report that big rigs from Mexico may soon be allowed to operate on U.S. roadways, but that Mexican big rigs will have to comply with rules regarding electronic monitoring in order to prevent tractor trailer accidents.

Heavy metal singer dies in motorcycle accident

This recent motorcycle accident in Texas, in which the rider suffered fatal injuries after getting struck by a pickup truck towing a horse trailer, exemplifies the danger of motorcycle riding. Of that danger, the victim's brother-in-law, Jose Lopez, said, "We know the risk that every time we jump on a bike. There's certain risks out there, and we try to watch out for those risks," as Tim Gerber reports for KSAT San Antonio.

Heavy metal singer dies in motorcycle accident

This recent motorcycle accident in Texas, in which the rider suffered fatal injuries after getting struck by a pickup truck towing a horse trailer, exemplifies the danger of motorcycle riding. Of that danger, the victim's brother-in-law, Jose Lopez, said, "We know the risk that every time we jump on a bike. There's certain risks out there, and we try to watch out for those risks," as Tim Gerber reports for KSAT San Antonio.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry vetoes texting while driving law

Now this comes after the Texas legislature voted to pass what would have been the state's first law against texting while driving, 124 to 16, as Pamela Kripke reports for the Huffington Post. But Texas Gov. Rick Perry - who many consider to be a possible GOP presidential candidate - vetoed the bill because it would "micro-manage" drivers.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry vetoes texting while driving law

Now this comes after the Texas legislature voted to pass what would have been the state's first law against texting while driving, 124 to 16, as Pamela Kripke reports for the Huffington Post. But Texas Gov. Rick Perry - who many consider to be a possible GOP presidential candidate - vetoed the bill because it would "micro-manage" drivers.

Cement truck runs over, drags University of Texas student

19-year-old Haifa Abubaker was crossing the street with her bicycle when the driver of a cement truck, who apparently did not see her, ran her over. He also did not realize that he had hit her in the first place, because he dragged Abubaker roughly 40 feet, as Shelton Green reports for KVUE News.

Cement truck runs over, drags University of Texas student

19-year-old Haifa Abubaker was crossing the street with her bicycle when the driver of a cement truck, who apparently did not see her, ran her over. He also did not realize that he had hit her in the first place, because he dragged Abubaker roughly 40 feet, as Shelton Green reports for KVUE News.

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