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Counting the cost: Is drinking and driving worth it?

Alaska's Department of Motor Vehicles makes a bold statement: "For the cost of a first-time DUI, you could ride halfway around the world (12,133 miles) in a taxicab." If you like to have a few drinks with friends during a night on the town, you may want to consider the cost of a Driving Under the Influence charge before driving the party home. 

What can you do to drive more safely in winter?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration offers tips for driving safely in winter weather. Alaska residents can survive the coldest months of the year by following OSHA's "three P's: prepare...protect...prevent...."

What do motorcyclists need to be aware of this fall?

Fall is a beautiful time of year in Alaska, especially for those who love the outdoors. If riding through the countryside on your motorcycle is something you enjoy doing, this is the time to do it, before the harsh Alaskan winter sets in. You need to be aware, however, of numerous hazards that are common in autumn and may threaten your safety on a motorcycle.

Is this negligent driving behavior?

As someone who spends time on Alaskan roads, you know that some driving habits and behaviors are more dangerous than others. The behaviors that are considered negligent, for example, can net you jail time, fines, or license suspension. But what exactly negligent driving behaviors?

What should others know about motorcycles?

Unfortunately, Alaskan motorcyclists are often put into a situation where other people, especially juries, do not understand how motorcycles work. This can skew court cases against them. At the Law Offices of Michael J. Schneider, we provide you with the knowledge you need to predict and resolve any questions or wrongful assumptions that may be held.

Autonomous vehicle safety features targeted for 2019

Alaska residents who have been watching reports about the ongoing development of self-driving vehicles are likely to wonder just how these vehicles will keep people safer. When searching for details about the alleged safety benefits of autonomous cars, learning about some of the technologies used can be helpful.

SUV driver hits motor home head on, kills one

While many regions in the country struggle with overly congested roads and a reputation for aggressive and unsafe drivers, Alaska is not generally regarded a place full of busy highways and reckless drivers. That, however does not mean that there are not serious motor vehicle accidents that happen in Alaska. It also does not mean that these accidents cannot be caused by the negligence of some drivers. Sadly, such realities abound regardless of traffic volume or location.

Drivers are most dangerous to themselves

Drivers across Alaska have many unique concerns to consider while on the road, but fearing that another driver could cause an accident is at the top of the minds of many. A new study shows that this fear may be unfounded, and drivers' greatest threat may be themselves.

NHTSA: Less than 35 pct of faulty Takata airbags have been fixed

The U.S. Senate has been looking into the status of the Takata airbag inflator recall that has been plaguing automakers worldwide. According to information submitted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 46.2 million airbags have been recalled so far out of an estimated 100 million-plus thought to be affected.

Over 1.25 million Ram pickups recalled for bad software code

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has announced a recall of 1.02 million Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks in the U.S. and 259,205 elsewhere. The reason? If an affected vehicle gets into a specific, rare type of collision, bad code could disable the side air bags and seatbelt pretensioners, making the crash much more dangerous.

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