Memorial Day marks the beginning of what AAA calls the "100 Deadliest Days" on US roads, as data show more deadly crashes happen in warmer months. PCI's Bob Passmore said education is crucial to help curtail distracted driving, and "continued support for the implementation and enforcement of distracted driving laws, which discourage texting while driving and ban handheld cellphone use, also is critical to prevent tragedies."
Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said he will work toward a long-term extension of the National Flood Insurance Program, with potential changes including "stricter controls" on insurers' attorneys and tougher regulatory scrutiny of carriers involved in the NFIP. Schumer is pushing for a reauthorization prior to the NFIP's July 31 expiration.
This year's hurricane season has a 70% probability of generating 10 to 16 named storms that have winds of 39 mph or faster, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center. Higher sea levels are contributing to greater severity in storm surge, and warmer oceans causes storms to intensify, experts say.
Lava flows into the Pacific Ocean are ongoing as Hawaii's Kilauea volcano continues to erupt. Meanwhile, photos show cracks that have formed in the ground beneath and around a home in the Leilani Estates community.
The school bus driver involved in a deadly collision in New Jersey last week faces counts of vehicular homicide and is set to appear in court this morning. Hudy Muldrow was attempting a U-turn into a restricted lane on Interstate 80 when a dump truck hit the bus, killing a 10-year-old girl and a teacher.
A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board says Uber had deactivated emergency braking to "reduce the potential for erratic vehicle behavior" in the Volvo XC90 that hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian in March. The self-driving vehicle's radar systems detected the pedestrian six seconds before the collision and determined emergency braking was necessary 1.3 seconds before impact.
A report from the US Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board says the former insurer of an Arkema plant where Hurricane Harvey caused chemical fires had warned of flood risk to the facility. The board said other chemical plants need to examine their ability to withstand natural disasters.
Wildfires in northern Arizona have led to partial closures of four national forests, and heightened fire restrictions are in effect in Coconino County and Flagstaff.
The Oregon Department of Forestry has released an online resource that lets residents examine wildfire risk in any location within the state. The tool also is designed to help determine how much space should be cleared around a property, and it provides information on wildfire history and local contacts.
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