The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released two new studies regarding impaired drivers on American roads. One study, the National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use has been conducted five times since 1973. The other study concerned the risk presented by alcohol and drug use by drivers. Together, the studies provide important information for those concerned with improving highway safety and reducing deadly car accidents.
Being pregnant comes with a host of worries and concerns. When a pregnant woman gets into a car accident, there may be additional cause for concern. There are a few things that a woman who is pregnant should know if she is involved in a car accident.
This week’s question comes from Lionel T. from South San Francisco who writes:
“I went shopping at a [major retailor] in a mall with a friend of mine. We are young and he was being uncool and he took a cheap piece of jewelry for his girl and didn’t pay for it. He walked out and the alarms went off. He took off and security chased him while another one grabbed me in front of some nearby classmates. I hadn’t done anything. I told them to let me go and they told me to come with them and led me into a back room and told me to empty my pockets. I did, and I didn’t have anything stolen on me. They then told me to call my friend and get him to come back. I said no. They told me that they would call the police and tell them that I stole something.
I said I didn’t do anything and let me go. They said no and I walked to the door and a guard stepped between me and the door. After a while they called the store manager who came in. I explained that I had nothing to do with any theft and he told the guards to let me go. I feel they did me wrong. Do I have a case?”
Today’s article is not a question, but an account of a recent experience that affected me personally. After a long week, on Friday night, I stopped by The Market on Market Street to get a few things before heading home.
This new gourmet store is near my offices in what has become known as the “Twitter Building” at the corner of 10th and Market streets. Being tired, and in a hurry, I paid by credit card and hurried on home. Later that night, I could not find my wallet.
The battle between lawmakers and bicyclists about what is safe for adult bicyclists is one that has been ongoing and doesn’t seem to have an end in sight. The battle now has a footing in the California Senate thanks to a bill introduced by California State Senator Carol Liu. She has introduced a bill that would require adults on bicycles to wear a helmet or face a fine.
For some Americans, St. Patrick’s Day is time to attend mass and say a prayer for missionaries around the world. For others, it is a time to reconnect with Irish roots and appreciate their heritage. For many, it is simply a time to wear green and drink beer. If alcohol is going to be a part of your St. Patrick’s Day celebration, it is important to consider steps to take to make sure you are safe.
This week’s question comes from Tara P. in Hayward, who writes: “The weirdest thing happened recently. I had just bought a house out of foreclosure. I was working on the interior while living there. I went away for the night to a friend’s house. When I came home the next day after work, there was a circus tent covering my house. Seriously, a circus tent. Not only that, there were signs saying “stay back, toxic gasses in use.”
My house had been fumigated while I was out! I didn’t ask for my house to be fumigated. I called the company and they said that it was my house that was supposed to be fumigated. I said no, and they read the address. They fumigated my house on an avenue when they were supposed to fumigate a house, with the same number, a couple blocks away on a court. They said that a real estate agent had paid for the fumigation. I am against the use of pesticides and chemicals. I told them to take the tent off my house but they said they couldn’t for three days until the chemicals dissipated.
Thank God I had dropped my kitten off at the vet’s for boarding. They said that they didn’t have signed paperwork as the job was phoned in by a Realtor they have worked for before. I had to go to a hotel until my house was untarped three days later. I had to buy some work clothes and a pair of shoes as my clothes were all sealed up inside the tent. Since then I have thrown away all of the food in my pantry, sent my clothes to the cleaners and I am having a green company come in and do a top to bottom cleaning. I told the fumigators that I wanted to be compensated for this inconvenience and expense, they said that they were going to give me the fumigation for free. This is not acceptable. What rights do I have?”
California is a state that has a lot of nice weather, which gives people here a chance to walk or bike to work, school and other destinations. United States Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx has challenged mayors to help keep cities as safe as possible for pedestrians and bicyclists. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has accepted Secretary Foxx’s challenge in an effort to improve safety in our beautiful city.
Finding out that your car has been recalled is an unpleasant experience. You might worry for your safety or the safety of your family. At the very least, it is an irritation providing one more thing to deal with in your busy life. How people respond to this situation varies greatly from individual to individual. The record number of recalls in 2014 provides an excellent opportunity to analyze how recall notices are handled by the driving public.
Cases involving elder abuse typically make headlines when it is a staff member committing acts of violence or neglect. In reality, most cases of elder abuse involve resident to resident attacks. In facilities where the most vulnerable residents are placed in close proximity to people suffering from dementia and hallucinations, it is no surprise that violence is a problem. Caregivers must be properly trained. The facilities housing residents must be up to the challenge of meeting the needs of residents, including the need to be safe from violence.