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9 posts from August 2007

August 31, 2007

About Labor Day, Sobriety Checkpoints and Holiday Safety

Labor_day_2001  Wikipedia's Labor Day article tells us that Labor Day is a United States federal holiday that takes place on the first Monday in September. The holiday began in 1882, originating from a desire by the Central Labor Union to create a day off for the "working man". It is still celebrated mainly as a day of rest and marks the symbolic end of summer for many. Labor Day became a national holiday by Act of Congress in 1894.[1]

Another interesting article, The Origin of Labor Day by Ryan M. Hoback of the Motivated Entrepeneur, goes into greater detail about the holiday.

Duisobritycheckpoints  Los Angeles Sobriety Checkpoints: LAPD will be in full force this Labor Day Holiday.  Bottom line: Don't drink and drive.

Bbq_001 Classbrain.com has a fantastic article entitled Barbeque Food Safety for Labor Day Grilling where they discuss everything from taking the food home from the store to pre-cooking, cooking, safe smoking and cancer risks of grilling.

The National Safety Council posted the following article on their website:

Buckle_up  Buckle Up on Labor Day

The Council has issued its projection for traffic fatalities during the 2007 Labor Day holiday, spanning from 6 p.m. on Aug. 31 through 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 3. An estimated 490 lives will be lost on the road during this 3.25-day holiday period, in addition to an estimated 25,500 nonfatal disabling injuries. The average number of traffic fatalities during the six most recent Labor Day holiday periods was more than 13 percent higher than similar non-holiday periods. However, an estimated 420 lives may be saved this holiday period because drivers and passengers will wear their seat belts. An additional 117 lives could be saved if all wore seat belts. For the full Labor Day Holiday Period Traffic Fatality Estimate, 2007 report, Click here.

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August 23, 2007

Traffic Ticket Myths

Trafficticketcartoon1 I found an interesting article on www.yahoo.com written by Craig Guillot of www.bankrate.com which discusses the 8 common ticket myths.  I've listed the myths below but for an in-depth discussion of the myths you can either read the complete article on Yahoo or click here to get the Adobe Acrobat version of the article.  If you don't have the Adobe Acrobat Reader, click here for the free download of Adobe Acrobat 8 I hope you find this information helpful.

8 common ticket myths

1. If the officer makes a single mistake on your ticket, the case is dropped.
2. If the officer doesn't show up in court, you automatically win.
3. Red cars get more tickets.
4. You need a lawyer to beat a ticket.
5. If you get a ticket in another state, your home state won't find out about it.
6. You can make up an excuse to get out of the ticket.
7. A radar detector will ensure that you never get pulled over.
8. If you don't sign the ticket, it will be dismissed.

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August 19, 2007

Motorcycle Safety: Group Riding Video

Motorcycle_group_riding Another informative video on Group Riding from the The Motorcycle Safety Foundation which is a national, not-for-profit organization that promotes the safety of motorcyclists with programs in rider education and training, operator licensing and public information.

Through these programs, and by advocating a more friendly riding environment, the MSF has aimed to make motorcycling safer and more enjoyable since 1973.

For motorcyclists, the MSF has five key messages:
1) Get trained and licensed
2) Wear protective gear -- all the gear, all the time -- including a helmet manufactured to the standards set by the DOT
3) Ride unimpaired by alcohol or other drugs
4) Ride within your own skill limits
5) Be a lifelong learner by taking refresher rider courses.

Visit their website www.msf-usa.org for information on hands-on training courses, safety tips, and more.

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Motorcycle Safety Training to Brake and Circle Drive Video

Motorcycle_safety_braking Watch this Motorcycle Safety Training to Brake and Circle Drive Video.  It's interesting and informative and from Germany. 

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August 13, 2007

Spinal Cord Injury More Frequent in Children with Seat Belt Injuries

Child_seat_belt Medical News Today reports that Spinal Injuries Are More Frequent in Children With Seat Belt Injuries.  If the link to the article is inactive, you can click here to access the Adobe Acrobat version of the article.

The article states, in part, that "Ill-fitting seat belts raise the risk of serious injury to children involved in car accidents. And seat belt injuries should alert physicians to look for signs of more serious consequences, particularly spinal cord injury, which is not always immediately apparent.

"Unless physicians are diligent, spinal-cord injuries are hard to diagnose in children. In the event of a car accident, seat belt injuries such as bruising and tenderness should warrant a search for other injuries, including spinal-cord injury, vertebral fractures and intra-abdominal injuries. If spinal-cord injury is missed or not diagnosed early, the consequences can be devastating," said Harsh Grewal, M.D., in a report published in August issue of the Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine."

For more information, the Department of Transportation publishes Transportation Safety Tips for Children.

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August 08, 2007

Welcome to the Ride: Motorcycle Video

Harleydavidsoncustommotorcycles4Very interesting video, great visuals, commentary all relating to motorcycle riding.  Click here to watch Welcome to the Ride which presents a very positive view of different bikes, designs and the people who ride them.  Courtesy of www.youtube.com

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August 03, 2007

Product Recalls, July 2007: Toys, Lawn Equipment, More

Product_recall__new_logo The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has published the July 2007 product recalls.  Many, many products have been recalled but I am posting some here that I think may be of particular interest:

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Texas Judges Weigh in on Tort Reform: They Don't Believe In It Either

Distorting_the_law_2 The Texas law firm of Perlmutter & Schuelke has posted an excellent article to their BLOG entitled Tort Reform: Straight From the Horse's (or the Judge's) which summarizes a Baylor University study wherein they surveyed Texas Civil Judges regarding their opinions on Tort Reform (or, as I like to call it, Tort Deform).  Essentially, the report found that "the results were findings that substantially more judges thought juries had awarded too low of damages than judges that thought juries had awarded too much.  And well over 80% of the judges did not think there needed to be additional "reform" to address frivolous lawsuits."  The following 5 paragraphs are copied directly from their blog:

For years, Texas residents have been hearing about runaway juries, frivolous lawsuits, and the need for tort reform. But most of the stories in the popular press and thrown around by tort reform groups are anecdotal; there has always been a question of how to best gather data to measure whether jury awards are excessive or suits are frivolous. Several law professors at Baylor think they’ve found the answer. As they say:

[We] believed that asking state court trial judges — "the daily observer of the jury system in action" — would yield the most reliable information on the state of the jury system. The trial judge is the only one in a position to have both seen the same evidence as the jury and yet to be completely non-partisan about the proceedings. Further the trial judge has the benefit of seeing the jury system at work in many cases and is unlikely to form views about the legitimacy of a tort crises based upon anecdotal information about one particular case. Thus, the trial judge would "appear to be the person most capable of forming an informed and objective opinion about the value of civil juries."

So, for the last two years, the professors have conducted a survey of Texas District Court Judges to get their views on the "litigation crises." After receiving responses from an astounding 78% of Texas district court judges, the results of the survey were released in the Baylor Law Review in an article titled Straight From the Horse’s Mouth: Judicial Observations of Jury Behavior and the Need For Tort Reform.

Because the article is not yet publicly available, we don't want to provide too many details.  But we will say that among the results were findings that substantially more judges thought juries had awarded too low of damages than judges that thought juries had awarded too much.  And well over 80% of the judges did not think there needed to be additional "reform" to address frivolous lawsuits. 

This research provides some groundbreaking, quantifiable evidence about the need (or lack thereof) for additional tort reform. It’s a great read (that’s unfortunately not available on-line), but we encourage everyone interested in tort reform or limits on damages in personal injury cases to seek out a copy of the entire article. Our only criticism? With both of us University of Texas grads, we wish some of our faculty in Austin had conducted the study instead of it coming from Waco.

A further good read in regard to how the media has distorted the facts to brainwash the public into believing that our legal system is being destroyed by "frivolous lawsuits" is Distorting the Law by William Halton.  Here's the blurb: "Distorting the law persuasively shows how widespread media reporting of frivolous lawsuits and high settlements have led many Americans to believe we live in the land of the litigious, while the careful research and statistics that would dispel this myth have not received media attention."

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August 01, 2007

Amber Alert Website for Missing Children - Link of the Day

Amber_alert_2 The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has links to several helpful databases and websites including National and State Amber Statutes, a link to Report a Citing of a Missing Child or you can call 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678) toll-free 24-hours, resources for Attorneys, Parents and Guardians, Law Enforcement and Childcare Providers.

 

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