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December 2011 Archives

Economist says that driving drunk is less risky than walking drunk

Earlier this week, economist Steven Levitt went on the popular "Freakonomics" radio show and made a very interesting statement: "If you're faced exactly with two choices, walking drunk or driving drunk, you absolutely should drive drunk," he said.

Study links brain injury and violent crime

There are many known complications that commonly result from traumatic brain injuries, such as headaches, an inability to concentrate or work, memory loss, reduced verbal abilities and more. According to a new long-term study, a brain injury may also increase the likelihood that the head trauma victim will someday commit a violent crime against another person.

Family seeks road changes after San Diego accident fatality

After a San Diego grandmother was struck by a speeding car and killed, her family is seeking change. They have asked city officials to lower the speed limit, install marked crosswalks, and put up pedestrian crossing signs in that section of the road, in hopes that no one else will lose a loved one there like they did.

Motorcycle accident lawsuit hinges on antilock brake icon

In April 2008, a husband and wife were riding on their motorcycle on a California highway when traffic suddenly slowed. Traveling at 65 miles per hour, the husband was unable to stop the motorcycle in time. The rear wheel of the bike locked, and the wife was thrown more than 30 feet forward onto the pavement.

NTSB recommends full ban of cell phone use behind the wheel

At any given moment in 2010, about one in every 100 drivers on the road in California and across the U.S. was using their cell phone to text, send an email, or surf the Internet. This marked a staggering 50 percent increase over the previous year's cell phone use behind the wheel. As a result, federal lawmakers are working to deter and hopefully forbid any and all cell phone use while driving.

Marine killed in San Diego motorcycle accident

An active-duty Marine lost his life late last week after he reportedly collided into a tractor-trailer carrying a full load while riding his motorcycle on Interstate 5 near San Diego. Investigators with the California Highway Patrol are conducting a full investigation of the motorcycle accident, but so far they do not believe that the truck driver was to blame for the fatal crash.

Death of San Diego man may lead to wrongful death suit

After a San Diego man died while in police custody, his family asked police and other county officials why their brother and son passed away so suddenly and whether he was mistreated in the hours before his death. But although the incident occurred more than three months ago, the family is still waiting for answers. They are now considering a wrongful death lawsuit, hoping that it will compel authorities to give them the information they are looking for and that it will bring them closure.

California could save 133 lives with stricter teen driving laws

Although every state has some form of graduated licensing laws for teenage drivers, a new report indicates that stricter laws could save 2,000 lives if implemented universally throughout the country. However, a youth rights association is opposing the move toward stricter laws for teen drivers, stating that such limitations are discriminatory to members of that age group.

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