Lack of Car-Seat Education a Major Factor in Child Deaths

This week is the start of Child Safety Week. Car crashes are the number one killer of children under 12 years of age. It is important that parents educate themselves on correct car seat procedures. Children weighing 30 to 35 pounds should face backwards. Children weighing 40 to 45 pounds should face forward. All children under eight years of age should be in a booster seat.

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Child passenger safety week

Police Cars Investigated for Faulty Steering

Government inspectors are examining Ford Crown Victoria police cars manufactured between 2005 and 2009 in order to establish whether or not a recall is required. Three complaints have been filed regarding steering column separation which happens at low speeds in these vehicles and has, to date, not caused any injury. A recall would affect approximately 195,000 vehicles. The Crown Victoria is no longer being manufactured and has been replaced by a new police Sedan model.

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Feds investigate Ford police car steering problem

Couple Settles After Losing Legs to Distracted Driver

A couple received a $500,000 settlement after being struck by a driver who was texting on his cell phone. The married couple were on a motorcycle when they were hit by a teenage boy texing on his cell. They were severely injured by the motorist. AT&T is currently involved in a campaign to make teens more aware of the dangers of texting and driving and how serious it can be.

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$500000 Settlement for Couple Hit By Texting Driver

City Postpones Vote on Distracted Driving Ordinance

A vote to ban texting while driving in Sioux Falls, S.D., has been postponed until September due to some city council members not being able to make it on the date the vote was planned to take place. If passed, the new ordinance will prohibit sending, receiving or composing messages on any electronic device. This is being done in attempt to curb distracted driving and make the roads a safer place.

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What Possible Texting While Driving Ban Means For You

Popular TV Show to Warn Teens Against Texting While Driving

FOX television network and the Ad Council have partnered together with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the attorney generals of all 50 states to put together public service announcements raising awareness about the dangers of texting while driving. Using footage from the popular television show, “Glee,” these PSAs aim to reach cellular users from ages 16-24, as this age demographic has been shown to have a higher number of accidents as a result of distracted driving.

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Fox, Ad Council Target Texting While Driving

Paralyzed Former Students Talk About Distracted Driving

Distracted driving has become the number one cause of vehicular fatalities of teenagers. The high school has a unique program to combat the problem. A former student paralyzed from the waist down by a traffic accident caused by a distracted teenage driver playing with a radio shares his experience with the students. Any student who wants to park or drive on school grounds must attend the class.

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Grad Paralyzed In Distracted Driving Accident Shares Sobering Lesson

Are Horse Carriage Rides in Cities Safe?

A safety group in New York City is calling for an end to horse-drawn carriages in the city following an accident, according to NY1.

A horse apparently got spooked during rush hour Thursday and started running too fast and hit a parked car. The car sustained significant damage, and one of the passengers in the carriage was taken to the hospital.

While the industry says it is completely safe, one opposition group claims there have been 13 accidents in the city this year.

Repeat DUI Offenders Face Tougher Law in Washington

A law that went into effect in Washington this month allows police officers to require repeat drunken driving offenders to submit to a blood test even if they do not consent, according to KNDO.

The law applies to people with four DUI convictions or a serious driving offense, such as vehicular assault or homicide, on their record. The significant of the law is that police can treat these offenders as felony cases rather than misdemeanor cases from the start.

Fair Truck Accident Under Review

Authorities are once again investigating whether safety procedures need revision following another accident at the Indiana State Fair, according to FOX 19.

A pickup truck hit and seriously injured a 4-year-old girl at the fairgrounds Wednesday. A girl got away from her mother and ran onto an access road. An initial review found there were not “glaring” safety problems that needed immediate addressing.

The state fair was hit by tragedy last year when a stage collapsed and killed seven people while injuring 58 others. Earlier this week, a stagecoach rolled over and injured five people, including the fair queen.

Young Couple Recovering from Motor Scooter Wreck

A young couple from Auburn were scheduled to get married this week, but a devastating wreck put those plans on hold, according to KOMO News.

About three weeks ago, they were on their way home from pre-marital counseling when they crashed on their motor scooter.

Police said a sedan driver pulled in front of them at an intersection, and they were so close that they had no choice but to put the bike on the ground to avoid a full-speed collision.

The victims both suffered numerous broken bones and other injuries. The driver was even placed on life support, but they are recovering. The wedding was delayed, but their spirits are still high.

Pickup Truck Crashes Into Residential Building

A pickup truck was driven into a three-story residential building Thursday in Seattle, according to KIRO TV.

It was unclear what caused the accident or if any injuries had been reported. A picture shows the front end of the truck inside the building. The fire department turned off the gas line after a foul odor was detected inside the structure.

Fatal Hit-and-Run Caught on Camera

A 29-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly causing a fatal Lynnwood crash that was caught on camera, according to KIRO TV.

Last week, a 62-year-old man crossing State Route 99, along with his wife and son, was struck by a car. The camera seems to show the driver circling back to the accident scene and then leaving.

A woman called police later after seeing a parked sport utility vehicle with blood on the frame and covered by a tarp. Police found damage to the vehicle, and the owner of the car also had a cut on his finger, apparently from the broken windshield.

Animal Rescuer Mauled to Death by Dog

A 23-year-old Georgia woman who rescued animals was reportedly mauled to death by one or more of her dogs, according to CBS News.

The woman did not arrive at work Sunday and was found dead at her home. Investigators initially thought it was a homicide but then realized she died from dog bites. She owned five dogs: a pair of American Staffordshire terriers and Presa Canarios as well as a pit bull-boxer mix. All of the dogs were euthanized.

Woman Falls 200 Feet and Dies While Parasailing

Some officials in Florida are calling for tougher regulations after another parasailing fatality Wednesday, according to NBC News.

A 28-year-old Connecticut woman on vacation in Pompano Beach died Wednesday when her harness broke during parasailing. She fell 200 feet to the water. She was pronounced dead later at the hospital.

Officials say the parasailing industry is regulated very little if at all. Five years ago, another person died in a parasailing accident in the same city. In that case, the harness broke in heavy winds, and an investigation found that the boat operator ignored a thunderstorm warning.

Leak at FedEx Sickens Employees

A FedEx forklift operator in Tennessee reportedly punctured a hole in a container of concentrated chili pepper, causing more than 100 people to need treatment at the scene, according to NBC News.

Firefighters said two people were taken to the hospital after reporting chest pains. Concentrated chili pepper, which is used to make pepper spray, is considered a non-lethal irritant.

Canon Cameras Recalled for Rash Concerns

More than 68,000 digital cameras are being recalled by Canon USA due to possible allergic reactions that could occur while in contact with the rubber grips, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

A chemical, which was used in the rubber grips for the cameras, could cause an allergic reaction. So far, one person has reported having a rash after touching a surface where the camera had been.

Girl Shocked in Family Swimming Pool

An underwater light is being blamed for a teenage girl’s electrocution and near death in a family swimming pool, according to the LA Times.

The girl, 15, was swimming when she felt her limbs going numb and called for her sister’s help. The older girl tried to assist but felt a shock too. The father was able to turn off the pool’s power and rescued the girl. She remained unconscious and not breathing until medics arrived and revived her. She is expected to recover.

Injuries Reported from Bracelets for Kids

Nearly 90,000 Animal Snap Bracelets are being recalled because of a laceration hazard to children, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The issue is that the metal snap band could come through the fabric covering, and the exposed edges are sharp to the point of possibly causing a laceration. There have been eight injuries reported so far.

The bracelets, which were sold for $3, can be returned for a full refund.

Hit-and-Run Crash Sends Three to Hospital

Police are looking for a driver who allegedly caused a crash and then fled the scene Wednesday morning, according to the Columbian.

The Washington State Patrol says the crash happened at about 4:30 a.m. on Interstate 5. A 22-year-old man was hit from behind by a light colored car. After both drivers stopped and exited their vehicles, the female driver that caused the accident allegedly fled.

Three people went to the hospital to receive medical treatment. Police believe speed was a factor.

State Trooper Hits and Kills Pedestrian

A Washington State Patrol trooper struck and killed a pedestrian while on duty on Interstate 5 in North Vernon, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

Police said the man was apparently trying to cross the interstate near East College Way at about 9:45 p.m. Police are still conducting an investigation to determine what exactly happened and why the man was on the highway. No details about the victim have been released.