Buckle Up, and Save Your Giblets This Thanksgiving
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently publicizing their annual seat belt safety campaign, “Buckling up Could Save Your Giblets.” Not only will more people be on the roadways in California and across the U.S. during the week of Thanksgiving, there will also be more celebrations and more drunk drivers on the roadways. The holiday season is a time for families to enjoy each other’s company and give thanks for togetherness. It’s not a time to mourn the loss of a family member due to a car accident.
Buckle Up America, Every Trip. Every Time.
If you buckle up, as a front-seat passenger occupant, you’re decreasing your risk of suffering from a fatal injury by 45 percent. There is no better way to protect yourself in the event of a crash than to buckle up. Although some people think they don’t have to buckle up, because they have air bags, nothing could be further from the truth. Seat belts work with air bags. Air bags alone will not save your life in the event of a wreck.
Facts on Seat Belt Safety and Usage
• In 2012, 21,667 people were killed in crashes across the U.S.
• Over half of all those victims were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.
• The NHTSA estimates that seat belts saved the lives of 12,174 people, ages 5 and up, in 2012.
• The NHTSA also estimates that, had everybody buckled up, an additional 3,031 lives could have been saved that year.
• In 2012, during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 301 people were killed in car crashes across the country.
• 60 percent of the people killed in crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend were not buckled up at the time of the crash.
Have a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving
The NHTSA is hoping that the Buckle Up Your Giblets campaign will help to promote awareness about seat belt safety and usage this holiday season and all year long. Law enforcement officers are also going to be out in full force during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to take part in a National Click It or Ticket campaign too. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday.
Fatal Crash in San Luis Obispo
On Monday afternoon, a crash near San Luis Obispo took the life of an 86-year-old Los Osos resident. According to KEYT News Channel Three, the incident happened sometime after 2:00 p.m. Apparently, a driver in a Toyota Prius was headed northbound on Foothill Boulevard when she veered into the other side of the roadway. Her car collided with a Ford Escape that was headed southbound.
James Grant Snider died of his injuries at Sierra Vista Hospital. The driver of the Prius, 52-year-old Jane Ann Upton was also taken to the hospital for treatment of critical injuries. She was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and manslaughter. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. sends their deepest condolences to the family members and friends of James Grant Snider.
Suspected Drunk Driver Terrorizes Hillcrest
Late Sunday night, a suspected drunk driver terrorized a neighborhood in the Hillcrest area. He struck at least a six cars before losing a tire. According to ABC Channel 10 News, two women called 911 after the suspected drunk driver struck their car and continued driving. They followed him to a residential area, where the police arrived on scene to arrest him.
The suspected drunk driver’s car lost a wheel and finally came to a halt around the 1500 block of Robinson Avenue. Some of the parked cars were totally wrecked, and other cars just suffered from some minor damage. The police arrested the driver on suspicion of DUI. Thankfully, no injuries were immediately reported in connection with this incident.
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DriveMode App Discourages Distracted Driving
From texting-teens and distracted adult drivers behind the wheel, it’s no secret that texting-while-driving has become a dangerous and deadly epidemic on U.S. roadways. Earlier this month, we reported on the California Highway Patrol’s Anti-Distracted Driving Campaign geared toward adult drivers. AT&T has come up with a great solution to help drivers make the commitment to distraction-free driving with their “DriveMode” application.
How Does the DriveMode App Work?
The DriveMode app will activate once your car starts traveling at 25 miles per hour or greater. Anyone who tries to text or email will automatically receive a reply saying that you’re driving, and you will get back with them soon. All calls are also sent to voicemail while the app is activated. You do get to choose five numbers that can always be called though, and in the event of an emergency, dialing 911 is always allowed. You can also use one navigation app and one music app while the DriveMode App is activated. The sounds of texts and emails are also disabled, so you won’t be tempted to check your phone while you’re driving. Finally, the app turns off after your car stops going more than 25 miles per hour for five minutes.
Who Can Download the DriveMode App?
The DriveMode app can be downloaded from Google Play, AT&T AppCenter and Blackberry AppWorld. Currently, only users with AT&T Andriod phones and Blackberry users can download DriveMode. Unfortunately at this time, the DriveMode app is not available for iPhones and certain similar smart devices. AT&T is reportedly looking for opportunities to expand availability to more uses though.
What About Other Distracted Driving Behaviors?
Okay, so distracted driving isn’t just limited to the use of smart phones. Hopefully, if people are using the DriveMode app, they’re also more aware of other potentially distracting behaviors behind the wheel. Just about any task, not related to actively driving, that takes your visual, manual or cognitive attention away from the road is a type of distraction. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash involving a distracted driver, contact the skilled legal team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. for a free consultation today.
Semi Truck Crash on Highway 101
On Sunday afternoon, a big rig overturned on Highway 101 in Montecito. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, the incident happened sometime before 2:00 p.m., just past the Hot Springs Road exit ramp. First responders from the Santa Barbara Fire Department were swiftly on the scene of the one-vehicle crash.
For currently unknown reasons, the large truck rolled over and came to rest on the driver’s side. At least one person was injured in the crash and swiftly transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. The cause of this crash is still under investigation with authorities. There was some speculation that the large truck, which was not hauling a trailer at the time, was front-heavy and potentially less stable than a longer rig.
Head-on Collision Involving Teen Driver
On Saturday evening, a head-on collision sent four people to the hospital in San Diego. According to ABC Channel 10 News, the incident happened at around 7:45 p.m. on Pomerado Road, near Scripps Ranch Boulevard. Apparently, a 16-year-old driver lost control of his vehicle after taking a curve too fast. He swerved into oncoming traffic and struck another vehicle head on.
The teen driver and his two passengers were injured in the crash. At least one of the passengers was another teenager. A 15-year-old girl had her teeth knocked out. The driver in the other car suffered from a fractured hip and other serious injuries. Although 16-year-old drivers aren’t allowed to transport passengers, there’s no word on whether or not the young driver was cited.
On Tuesday evening, a multiple-vehicle accident in Martinez resulted in the death of a 66-year-old person. According to San Jose Mercury News, the collision was first reported at around 5:15 p.m. on I-680 near Arthur Road after a Honda Pilot side swiped an Acura, lost control, hit one more vehicle before rolling over and landing on its roof.
California Highway Patrol officers reported to the scene and have said that five people involved in the 3-vehicle accident all suffered injuries and the 66-year old driver of the Honda Pilot was pronounced dead at the scene. There is still no word on whether or not any alcohol was involved. The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. sends their deepest condolences to the families and friends of the person who died in this crash.
CHP’s Age Well, Drive Smart Classes
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has just issued a press release about their Age Well, Drive Smart Classes to help seniors maintain their independence. These classes are specifically geared to the needs of older drivers. Classes will help to refresh elderly drivers on the rules of the road, and also help them to learn about how age-related physical changes can impact their driving abilities. These classes are also a great way to broach a difficult subject with loved ones who are steadfastly trying to hold on to their independence.
CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow is calling on senior drivers to participate in continued educational events, like the Age Well, Drive Smart Classes, to help maintain and extend their safe driving years. The CHP understands the importance and necessity of independence for older drivers across the state and wants to support safe driving practices.
Drive Well Toolkit
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also offers older drivers and their loved ones a variety of great resources. Their Drive Well Toolkit is specifically tailored to promoting older driver safety and mobility in communities across the country. Educational resources available include information on understanding issues related to older drivers and later-life independency and mobility and plans and public information events to assist older drivers and their loved ones.
Sign up for the Age Well, Drive Smart Class
If you or a loved one would like to sign up for an Age Well, Drive Smart Class, you need to get in touch with your local CHP office. Listed below is the contact information for the San Diego and Santa Barbara CHP offices.
San Diego CHP Office
4902 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92110
Santa Barbara CHP Office
6465 Calle Real
Goleta, CA 93117
Age Well, Drive Smart
In addition to driving skills refresher courses, the program will also help older drivers and their loved ones determine when it’s time to hang up the keys. Older drivers and family members should note that the class isn’t aimed at taking away the mobility and independence of senior citizens. It’s about education and safety. There will also be information about alternative transportation options. Older drivers and their loved ones are encouraged not to wait until it’s too late. One accident is one accident too many.
Motorcycle Crash near Goleta Public Library
On Tuesday morning, a crash involving a motorcycle and another vehicle happened right outside of the Goleta Public Library. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, the incident happened at about 6:30 a.m. in the 400 block of North Fairview Avenue. The motorcyclist was rushed to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.
At least one other person was injured from the other vehicle as well. At this time, very few details about the crash have been released. There’s no word on anybody’s current condition, or the cause of the crash. This wreck is still under investigation with the California Highway Patrol (CHP), and the team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody involved speedy and full recoveries from their injuries.
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