November is national adoption awareness month. Across America, more than 100 million people have been personally involved in adoption or know someone who has, according to the National Council for Adoption.
Have we become too reliant on technology? Do we trust the next big thing too quickly? Maybe, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But maybe not.
Yes. You read that right. Honolulu could be the first city of many to take action against distracted walkers – namely, those who are viewing electronic devices while crossing streets in the city and surrounding county. The Honolulu law allows police to fine pedestrians up to $35 for viewing the screen of their smart phone or other electronic device as they attempt to navigate a crosswalk.
Midwestern drivers dread the first weather forecast that includes the phrase “wintery mix.” To those who aren’t in the know, a wintery mix means that there will be precipitation falling that is a combination of both rain and snow at the same time. As the temperature continues to drop and clouds get heavier and heavier with precipitation, drivers in Minnesota understand the importance of getting their vehicles ready for winter roads.
Many medical diagnoses and serious injuries can have complex names or counter-intuitive descriptions. People often get confused or misinterpret what their actual injury means. A common source of confusion is when a concussion or traumatic brain injury is labeled as “mild.”
Pedestrian accidents most often lead to catastrophic injuries due to both the violent impact itself and the fact that pedestrians are typically wearing no protection against the collision. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for these injuries to require surgery, extensive physical therapy or, in the most extreme circumstances, to lead to death.
While most people understand that construction sites are among the most dangerous work environments, they might not realize where the hazards actually come from. A significant portion of work accidents and construction fatalities are the result of falls from height – falling from a ladder, scaffold collapse or poorly secured railings. However, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), two workers are killed every month in trench collapses.
Whether anecdotally, on news reports, in movies or stories told by friends and family, distracted drivers are to be feared and avoided. Unfortunately, distractions are so common – and the activities are so minute – that we all fall victim to distractions in our own cars.
Across the country, drivers are in danger of getting into often-serious accidents. Numerous factors can increase the likelihood of a serious accident such as drunk drivers, distracted drivers and bad weather. Teen drivers, however, remain an at-risk segment of the driving population.
Since grandparents’ rights are not covered by federal statutes, each state decides the legal rights and options grandparents have after divorce or other significant family change. In Minnesota, the courts look favorably on providing grandparent visitation when it is in the best interests of the children. The courts carefully examine the family history in determining how best to retain beneficial relationships and provide the child with an environment that encourages healthy growth and maturation.