Sharing the Roads: Bicycle Edition

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Nevada permits bicycles to operate on public roadways however it imposes several restrictions on bicycles and cars to ensure that both vehicles share the road safely. The law regulates all devices “propelled by human power” in which a person can ride. The rules are limited to vehicles using two wheels over 14 inches in diameter or any vehicle accepted as a bicycle equipped with no more than two front or two rear wheels, excluding mopeds. The definition, therefore, excludes tricycles and smaller bikes designed for children. Sharing the Road: Where Bike Can and Can’t Go Nevada explicitly recognizes the right of bicycles to share public roads with motor-driven vehicles such as cars and trucks. However, the law imposes several restrictions on bikes and cars to ensure that they shared the road safely. The Nevada Legislature delegated the power to the Department of Transportation and local authorities to restrict access to highways, for instance, requiring permits. Moreover, the local authority can also prohibit bikes, pedestrians, and other nonmotorized vehicles from operating on a specific highway. Failure to comply with these restrictions may result in a misdemeanor charge against the offender. These restrictions are used to prohibit the use of bicycles on

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The Risks of Roofing

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Roofing is the sixth deadliest profession in America and nationwide more than 50 roofers suffer fatal injuries on the job each year. From falls to a lower level, heat stroke, and the use of dangerous tools, there is no shortage of risks and dangers the men and women who build roofs face every single day they climb the ladder to the top of their profession. Common Risks and Injuries Roofers Face Falls from Height – A study conducted by the Center for Construction Research and Training Data Center showed that from 1992 to 2009, 6,591 of the 20,498 construction fatalities during this period were due to falls from heights. In the roofing industry alone, falls caused 76% of all roofer fatalities. In 2014, there were 647 fatal falls, and 340 of these were falls of 20 feet or less. Slips & Trips – Slips and trips often lead to falls, and in 2014 these increased by over 17%. Slips and trips can occur when materials are improperly stored when surfaces are improperly maintained, or when the actions of other construction crew cause a roofer to lose their footing. Electrocution – Roughly 11% of roofing deaths are due to electrocution. From

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Truckers Susceptible to Deadly Distractions

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Truck drivers are extremely susceptible to distractions while traveling on the roadways of America. When motorists share the roads with distracted truckers, the consequences can be life changing. In the blink of an eye, a large truck that is traveling at highway speeds can completely demolish another vehicle, causing severe injuries and even death to the other driver and his or her passengers. Common Distractions Truck Drivers Face Truckers spend extensive amounts of time transporting goods across the United States. Due to the nature of their jobs, they are often forced to perform activities while operating these massive vehicles that can easily take their minds off of their surroundings. Some of the most common distractions that take truck drivers’ attention away from driving include: Cell Phone Usage: All types of cell phone use can cause significant distractions to truckers. Although texting and driving seems to be the focus most often, studies show that talking on cell phones can be just as deadly. According to recent research, a cell phone conversation creates an “attention disengagement” that can slow a driver’s reaction time- raising the risk of an accident. The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that about 26 percent of all crashes

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