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September 2012 Archives

Does military service teach dangerous driving behaviors?

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in car accidents involving military veterans in California and throughout the country. A 2006 study found that returning troops were 75 percent more likely than civilians to be killed in auto accidents. Further, the study found that military veterans were 148 percent more likely to be killed in a motorcycle accident than civilians.

Record increase in car accident deaths in first half of 2012

According to preliminary data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents increased significantly in the first six months of 2012. Officials are not yet sure of the reason for the jump, but they reportedly believe that the economy and the job market may be partially to blame for both the historic declines in traffic fatalities in previous years and this year's large increase.

California woman accused of hindering dog bite investigation

A California woman may soon be facing multiple criminal charges in connection with a dog bite inflicted by her animal during a charity event earlier this summer. The charges reportedly stem from her attempts to evade identification and to interfere with animal control's investigation into the alleged attack.

San Diego police chase ends in fatal accident

A San Diego police officer's pursuit of a suspected drunk driver reportedly ended in tragedy earlier this week. Instead of apprehending the DUI suspect, the officer crashed into a pedestrian who was not involved in the police chase, ultimately causing his death.

San Diego man files wrongful death suit over father's Taser death

The family of a man who died while in police custody has filed a lawsuit against the police department, alleging that it was the arresting officers' use of a Taser on the man that ultimately caused his death. The police department denies that it Tased the man, and states that the cause of his death remains unknown.

California crash calls attention to elderly drivers

Last month, nine children and two adults were injured when a 100-year-old man backed his car onto a sidewalk outside of a California elementary school. Although no one suffered life-threatening injuries in the car accident, it has caused a reignition of the ongoing national debate on elderly drivers. Now, some traffic safety advocates are questioning whether older Americans should undergo additional driver's testing and closer monitoring in order to keep their driver's license past retirement age.

How to help your kids avoid dog bite injuries

As San Diego well know, it is nearly impossible to protect your child from every potential danger or harm during every minute of every day. As such, it is important to teach your children to protect themselves when they find themselves in harmful situations, or better yet, to remain out of those situations entirely.

Bike safety bill passes California assembly

Earlier this week, the California assembly passed the so-called '3 Feet' bicycle safety bill, which requires drivers to give bicyclists at least three feet of space when passing on California roads. The bill now goes to the state Senate for a concurrence vote. The Senate previously passed a similar bill, so this version will likely make it to Gov. Jerry Brown's desk in the relatively near future.

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