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December 2019 Archives

Dangerous products may carry "Amazon's Choice" label

Many Montana consumers do an increasing amount of their purchasing online, especially on large clearinghouse websites like Amazon. While there are numerous reports of counterfeit or questionable items making their way onto Amazon, many people rely on "Amazon's Choice" recommendations to guide them to good decisions. However, according to an investigation by journalists at The Wall Street Journal, the badge is visible on a number of products that are mislabeled, unsafe or in violation of Amazon's listing policies. For example, the tagline has appeared beside products that carry false safety certifications, are designated as controlled substances or fail to meet U.S. guidelines for safe products.

Holiday travelers may be at higher risk of being in an accident

This time of the year, most people in Montana and across the country focus on celebrations. With Thanksgiving celebrations already under your belt, you likely feel prepared for Christmas and New Year's Eve festivities. If you plan to host any parties, you have likely made your preparation lists and checked them twice. Hopefully, you will be a guest at an event or two as well.

Bill proposed that could mandate alcohol detection tech on cars

A bill has been introduced to Congress that may help to reduce drunk driving crashes. Called the RIDE (Reduce Impaired Driving for Everyone) Act of 2019, it aims to mandate the use of alcohol detection systems on all new vehicles by 2024. Montana residents may have heard of ignition interlock devices, which are a successful example of such systems.

How negligence works in car accidents

Serious accidents can occur when drivers are negligent. Montana residents may be interested in learning how negligence applies in car accidents in order to stay safe while they are out on the road. This information may also be helpful after a person has been injured in a car accident and wants to know if they have a case against another driver.

Opioid use a possible factor in some fatal two-car crashes

Montana residents may have heard that there is an opioid crisis across the nation. Opioids cause psychomotor and cognitive impairment, especially in those who have not developed a tolerance for them, so they don't go well with driving. Unfortunately, 7.1% of all the drivers who caused a crash in 2016 tested positive for opioids. This marks a significant increase from 2% in 1993.

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