Bill is poised to give Utah toughest DUI threshold in US | Spring brings weather-related risk for vehicles | Execs: Agencies need to invest in improved tech
March 24, 2017
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Bill is poised to give Utah toughest DUI threshold in US
A bill expected to gain approval from Utah Gov. Gary Herbert will set a 0.05 blood-alcohol-concentration limit for drivers. The threshold will be the strictest in the US, where the standard is 0.08.
Reuters (3/23) 
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Industry News
Spring brings weather-related risk for vehicles
Some of the biggest risks leading to auto insurance claims between March and May are hailstorms, flash flooding and strong wind, according to a Farmers Insurance analysis of claims data from 2013 to 2016. Farmers says that 60% of comprehensive claims involving hail damage arise during those months.
PropertyCasualty360 (3/24) 
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Execs: Agencies need to invest in improved tech
Traditional insurance agencies are bracing for disruption from technology-focused startups, but executives at an industry event said agents who embrace and invest in technology improvements can stay competitive. "If we survive the next five to 10 years and improve the way we do things, we can be well-positioned into the future," said James Keating of The Keating Group.
Insurance Journal (3/23) 
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Lloyd's underwrites coverage for Amazon seller suspensions
Amazon sellers can obtain policies underwritten by Lloyd's of London to cover income lost if they are suspended by the website. Some merchants say they have faced suspensions when they hadn't acted improperly and that resolving suspensions can be a time-consuming process.
Bloomberg (3/23) 
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Catastrophic Risk
Storms may bring more tornadoes to Great Plains, South
The Storm Prediction Center says severe storms over the next five days could generate tornadoes throughout the Great Plains and South. US tornado reports totaled 369 as of Thursday, more than twice the usual level.
Bloomberg (3/24) 
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Project in Ala. studies tornadoes in Southeast
The Vortex-Southeast project underway in Alabama involves universities, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Severe Storms Laboratory and the National Weather Service. Tornadoes tend to affect more land and be more deadly in the Southeast than in the Great Plains, says project manager Erik Rasmussen.
The Huntsville Times (Ala.) (3/23) 
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Cyberwatch
Vt. considers legal action against vendor after data breach
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott says a breach affecting an online jobs database might have exposed the Social Security numbers associated with 180,000 accounts. The state is considering legal action against America's Job Link Alliance, the private vendor that manages the database.
Vermont Public Radio (3/23) 
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