Public Safety

VA Tech Job Safety Studies
6:51 am
Wed July 3, 2013

New Construction Site Safety Regulations

Associate Professor Daniel Hindman (right) researches ways to reduce falls in construction.

A construction site accident at Virginia Tech last week, once again highlights the importance of safety measures at commercial construction sites.

Five people suffered non-life threatening injuries, when a hydraulic scaffold collapsed and fell about 25 feet. No word yet on the cause of that accident.

Falls by workers are one of the major causes of fatalities on construction sites. And while there have long been fall prevention regulations for commercial construction, OSHA recently implemented safety requirements for RESIDENTIAL construction as well. 

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Texting While Driving
4:35 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

New July Laws: Behind the Wheel

Texting-while-driving was already against the law, but now police have a new tool that will enable them to hand out more citations.

Supporters of the revised Virginia law hope that steep fines will deter drivers from taking their eyes off the road to read and send text messages.

Lawmakers overcame privacy concerns about police peering into vehicles as the evidence piled up about the growing number of deadly accidents due to texting. Bill sponsor Delegate Rich Anderson says now the law has some teeth.

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Government & Politics
5:10 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Lawmakers React to Phone Records Review

Virginia lawmakers are having mixed reactions to reports that the Obama Administration potentially tracked phone records of tens of millions of Americans.

Politicians aren’t a shy group. But after reports came out that the National Security Agency has access to the phone records of Verizon’s more than one hundred million customers, many lawmakers became uncharacteristically close lipped.

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Preventing Auto Accidents
3:09 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Transportation Champion of Change

Tom Dingus/VTTI
Credit Virginia Tech

Traffic accidents cause more injuries than anything else in our society.  And they’re the leading cause of death for people between the ages of three and 33.

Driver distraction is the most common cause of traffic accidents.  And because vehicles are moving at relatively high speeds, what happens in one, affects many others.

The director of Virginia Tech’s Transportation Institute, Professor Tom Dingus, says one solution coming down the pike, is something called ‘vehicle connectivity.’

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4th Amendment Protections
5:16 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Public Safety & Constitutional Rights

Credit Charles Krupa/AP via NPR

In the wake of the Boston bombings, many people have praised the work of police, who killed one suspect and arrested a second after conducting a door-to-door search in one part of the city, but here in Virginia a civil liberties watchdog is raising questions. 

The head of the Rutherford Institute says Boston became a police state, and Americans abandoned their constitution.  

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