NTSB Confident States Will Adopt Lower Blood Alcohol Limit

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The NTSB agency is recommending that the states should reduce their maximum legal blood alcohol limit from .08% to .05%

Earlier this year, the National Transportation Safety Board unleashed a firestorm of criticism against the agency when it recommended that the maximum legally permissible blood-alcohol limit be lowered from .08% to .05%. Recently, the agency chief assured the public that the agency was still in favor of the reduction of the blood-alcohol limit in spite of the fact that no state has yet moved to reduce the limit, and the fact that there has been very little support for such a measure.

The agency voted unanimously earlier this year to recommend that states reduce their maximum legal blood alcohol limit from .08% to .05%. All 50 states currently follow the .08% blood-alcohol limit rule, and no state has come out openly in support of the National Transportation Safety Board’s recommendations. The Board does not have any authority to pressure states to implement any of its recommendations, although the agency does frequently offer very solid advice and recommendations that are targeted at helping reduce the risk of accidents and keeping Americans safer.

Even the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has not openly come out in favor of the reduced blood-alcohol limit. The agency says that it does not have data that would support the Board’s recommendation.

The criticism of the proposal however has been extremely vocal. The American Beverage Institute says that reducing the limit from .08 to .05 would result in the criminalization of perfectly legal and appropriate behavior. The Board has even been criticized by those that claim that the agency wants to take the American public back into the Prohibition era.

However, recently speaking at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Debbie Hersmann said that her agency was not giving up on the proposal to lower blood-alcohol limits.

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Man Files Ski Injury Lawsuit after Chairlift Fall

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A man, who suffered serious injuries in a fall from a broken chair lift in a ski resort, has filed a ski injury lawsuit claiming injury and negligence.

A man, who suffered serious injuries in a fall from a broken chair lift in a ski resort, has filed a ski injury lawsuit claiming injury and negligence.

The lawsuit has been filed by former Delaware State Sen. Michael Katz. According to his lawsuit, the ski injury occurred nearly 3 years ago when he and his family were on a ski trip to Maine ski resort. He and his three daughters were traveling in the chairlift, when it fell.

The chair fell approximately 35 feet, and Katz suffered spinal injuries as well as traumatic brain injuries. He suffered the most serious injuries among all the people on the lift. Overall, eight people were injured in the accident at the Sugarloaf Mountain in Canada Such Valley. His young daughters also suffered back and head injuries in the accident.

The lawsuit has not come as a complete surprise to the ski resort, which has already settled or is in the process of settling claims from other people who were injured on that day. According to the lawsuit, there were several warning signs that clearly indicated that the chairlift had several safety problems. During the accident, five chairs on the lift fell completely to the ground, and the accident involved a total of 10 people. Eight were injured. There were more than 300 people on the list.

When people visit a ski resort, they expect to have fun, and build a lifetime of great memories. What they don’t expect is to be severely or injured, or suffer long-term disability because of the negligence of the resort. Many of these resorts can be quite expensive, and can charge fancy prices for you to avail of their services. The least that people expect is to be able to use the facilities at the resort safely, without danger of personal harm to them and their loved ones.

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Average Age of Senior Motorists on the Increase

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It is fairly common in California nowadays to find persons in their 70s and 80s operating a motor vehicle.

It is fairly common in California nowadays to find persons in their 70s and 80s operating a motor vehicle. The average age of senior motorists has increased, and there have been advancements in medical technology that now allow senior drivers not just to live longer, but also remain mobile and independent for longer periods of time. According to a new study, the number of 100-year-old drivers on our roads is also likely to increase.

The data shows that the number of 100-year-old people in the United States has jumped a staggering 65.8% over the past eight years. Back in 1980,   the number of people who lived to the age of 100 and above was approximately 32,194. That number has increased to a whopping 53,364 100-year-old centenarians in the year 2010.

Such an increase in the number of persons living to be 100 is being seen across the globe as well. For instance, in the United Kingdom there are at least 200 drivers who continue to operate a vehicle, in spite of being above the age of 100. In that country, the number of people who are above the age of 70 and continue to operate a car legally recently crossed 4 million for the first time ever.

In 2011, in the United States, there were more than 22 million drivers above the age of 70. That makes it approximately 79% of the population above the age of 70 that had operating driver’s licenses. It also comprised approximately 11% of all motorists in the country.

This indicates that the average age of senior motorists on our roads is also likely to increase over the next few years. That raises questions about the safety of senior motorists, who regardless of how independent and mobile they are, are likely to suffer from several age-related conditions that can impact their ability to drive safely and enhance crash risks.

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Cruise Control Can Increase Risk of Drowsiness in Drivers

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Many auto safety technologies have helped reduce the risks of accidents, and have made the experience of driving a much more enjoyable one for motorists.

Many auto safety technologies have helped reduce the risks of accidents, and have made the experience of driving a much more enjoyable one for motorists. However, some of them also have their side effects. For instance, new research seems to indicate that the use of cruise control and speed limiters can actually help increase the risk of drowsiness in drivers.

The study was conducted by Vinci Autoroutes Foundation in Paris. The researchers based their findings on an analysis involving 90 French motorists. All of these motorists were put through a driving simulator. The subjects belonged to three separate age categories-18 to 30, 40-50 and above 60 years of age. In each category, motorists were subjected to an experiment using the driving simulator.

The researchers were looking at measuring the effect of using cruise control and speed limiters on driver behavior. They found that younger drivers between the ages 18 and 30 were most susceptible to feeling drowsy at the wheel, when they used cruise control and speed limiters, compared to 40-year-olds or seniors above the age of 60. The researchers also found that most motorists in the 18 to 30 age group suffered from fatigue while using cruise control and speed limiters, and this affected their ability to safely merge into traffic.

The researchers are therefore suggesting that motorists in this age category use these technologies cautiously, instead of using them all the time and randomly. They’re not suggesting that these technologies be avoided because they definitely are beneficial in helping avoid accidents, especially speeding-related crashes and drowsy driving accidents. However, younger drivers should exercise more caution while using these technologies.

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Postal Workers at Risk from Dog Bite Accidents

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According to new data released by the Government Accountability Office, dog bite accidents are some of the leading causes of injuries involving United States Postal Service employees in 2012

According to new data released by the Government Accountability Office, dog bite accidents are some of the leading causes of injuries involving United States Postal Service employees in 2012. A recent incident in Chula Vista once again highlighted the dangers to postal workers, who often find themselves face-to-face with potentially aggressive animals while they’re on their rounds.

The Chula Vista incident involves a postal worker, who allegedly sprayed pepper spray on a dog while he visited a home during his rounds. The dog’s owner says that the employee sprayed pepper spray on the animal, even though the dog was inside a fenced- in backyard. The woman is claiming that this is a case of animal cruelty, and believes that the postal worker went ahead and sprayed the dog, even though he was not in any danger from the animal.

According to postal officials, the worker in this case was a new hire, and is being questioned about his actions. However, postal officials also want to remind everyone, that postal workers have some of the highest risks of dog bites in the United States. In fact, the San Diego area records the highest numbers of dog bites involving mail carriers in California. Every year, an average of 80 postal workers are injured in dog bite attacks in San Diego.

There have been several severe and even fatal injury attacks involving dogs and postal workers in California. In July, a postal worker suffered severe neck injuries, when a dog pounced on his neck, and ripped it apart. In this case, the animal was a pit bull that had managed to escape from an unlocked gate. Over the past three years, two postal workers have suffered dog bite attacks that were fatal.

Obviously, all these incidents involving dog bites have made mail carriers very nervous, which probably explains the overreaction in the Chula Vista case.

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Eight People Killed in Bus Accident

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At least eight people, including six members of a church group, have been confirmed killed in a bus accident in Tennessee.

At least eight people, including six members of a church group, have been confirmed killed in a bus accident in Tennessee. In this case, the bus was carrying a group of church members back home from a three-day festival.

According to official reports, the bus accident is believed to have been the result of tire blowout. The bus veered across the highway, crashing into a SUV and a tractor-trailer. The impact of the accident was devastating, and eight people succumbed to their injuries. At least 14 people on the bus were hurt, and several of these people are believed to be in critical condition.

The eight people who died in the accident include the driver of the bus and his wife. Both were members of the Front Street Baptist Church. Several church members were passengers on the bus. Most of the victims have already been identified. Identification proved to be a challenge because the bus exploded into flames soon after the accident, rendering many of the bodies unrecognizable.

The National Transportation Safety Board has already announced that it will not be sending any investigators to the scene of the accident. This is rare for the federal agency, which often sends its investigators very quickly to the scene of a fatal accident. However, as a result of the government shutdown, the Board has confirmed that its investigators have been furloughed, and no investigators will be sent to this investigation.

Investigations are likely to be very challenging in this case. This was not a public vehicle, but a church vehicle, which means that it is not under any obligation to comply with record-keeping regulations, and other regulations, that apply to commercial buses and charter vehicles. However, these church buses are required to maintain their buses in a properly functioning state. All repairs that are necessary must be conducted, and all parts must be in a safe condition. However, church buses are not required to maintain any records to prove that inspections, safety checks and other repair work has been performed on the buses.

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Common Skiing Injuries

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According to the American College of Sports Medicine, almost 3/4th of all skiing injuries occur during fall accidents while skiing.

Over the next few weeks, skiing season will officially begin in some parts of California, drawing skiers from across the state and the country. However, many of these skiers will also be at risk of accidents and injuries, including catastrophic injuries, like brain injuries.

Some of the most common injuries in skiing accidents involve neck and arm injuries, shoulder injuries and head injuries. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, almost 3/4th of all skiing injuries occur during fall accidents while skiing. In fact, according to the American College of Sports Medicine, between 75% and 85% of all injuries that occur during skiing are caused during fall accidents

The most common injuries involve the knees. One- third of all skiing-related injuries involve the knee joint. These types of injuries generally occur in those accidents in which the lower legs are suddenly twisted and torn away from the upper leg.

Other common skiing injuries involve shoulders and arms. The reason for this is fairly easy to understand. When a skier is involved in a fall accident, the reflex action is to immediately put his arm and shoulder out in order to block the fall. That means that the skier ends up placing a lot of pressure on these joints. Dislocation of the shoulder, sprains and fractures of the arms are therefore very common injuries in such accidents.

Some of the most devastating injuries that occur as a result of skiing accidents in California are head injuries. In fact according to the American College of Sports Medicine, as many as 20% of skiing injuries every year are   head injuries. These injuries occur very often when the skier has a collision with a tree, or some other inanimate object. These injuries can also occur when the skier hits the ground during a fall. In most cases according to the Johns Hopkins University researchers, skiers who suffer head injuries during skiing accident, are not wearing helmets at the time of the accident.

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Spinal Injuries Very Common in Iraq, Afghanistan Wars

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The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been devastating in more ways than one. According to new research, these wars also resulted in more numbers of spinal injuries involving veterans, compared to earlier wars.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been devastating in more ways than one. According to new research, these wars also resulted in more numbers of spinal injuries involving veterans, compared to earlier wars.

According to the research, which was based on an analysis of Department Of Defense casualty records from between 2005 and 2009, as many as one in nine American troops suffered a spinal injury during these two wars. In fact according to the analysis, spinal injuries were involved in approximately 11 percent of the nearly 7,900 troops, who are believed to have been injured in these two combat zones.

In more than 80% of the spinal injury cases, veterans suffered spinal fractures. Approximately 75% of all spinal injuries involving veterans in these two combat zones were the result of explosions. Approximately 15% of the injuries were the result of gunshots.

The analysis also comes up with some other very disturbing findings. According to the analysis, approximately 3% of soldiers who suffered spinal injuries died as a result of their injuries, even after receiving medical care. That number does not include the number of veterans who died before they received medical care.

Obviously, the impact of spinal injuries on our servicemen and servicewomen is devastating, and more research needs to be done on why these injuries seem to have increased in these two zones.  The rate of spinal injuries was approximately 4.4 injuries per 10,000 American military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the case of spinal fractures, the rate was four per 10,000 military personnel.

According to military personnel, the rate of spinal injuries in the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts is as much as 10 times higher, than the number of spinal injuries that were sustained in the Vietnam War.

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Celebrity Cruise Ship Struck with Norovirus Poisoning

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The norovirus pathogen, also commonly known as the cruise ship bug, has struck a Celebrity Cruise vessel that is currently sailing with more than 2,000 people on board.

The norovirus pathogen, also commonly known as the cruise ship bug, has struck a Celebrity Cruise vessel that is currently sailing with more than 2,000 people on board. According to a confirmation by Celebrity Cruise, the norovirus outbreak has been reported on the Celebrity Summit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that this outbreak is related to the norovirus pathogen.

The vessel is currently in the middle of a sailing, and according to the ship, at least 300 passengers have been sickened by the poisoning. Apart from 311 passengers, 14 crew members are also believed to have fallen ill. Currently, over- the -counter medications are being distributed to the affected passengers, to control symptoms and prevent a complete outbreak on the vessel. According to Celebrity, it has begun a massive cleaning and disinfection program on the vessel, and always already made public announcements that have advised passengers of the outbreak.

The norovirus bug is often known as the cruise ship bug, because it is often linked to gastrointestinal illnesses on cruise vessels. However, that doesn’t mean that cruise vessels are the only places that these bugs can cause havoc in. The fact is that norovirus spreads much quicker in smaller, closed spaces like that inside a cruise ship. In an isolated environment like a cruise ship, these bugs can spread much more quickly.

The outbreak is extremely contagious, and symptoms can spread quickly from passenger to passenger until the majority of the passengers on the vessel are affected. Symptoms mirror those of other gastrointestinal illnesses, and include nausea, diarrhea and severe vomiting, accompanied by abdominal cramps. The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention estimates that there are more than 20 million cases of norovirus poisoning reported in the United States every year.

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Lower Quality of Care at Predominantly Black Nursing Homes

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A new study finds that nursing homes that have higher numbers of Black or African American residents, have much lower standards of quality and care, compared to nursing homes that have fewer numbers of black residents.

A new study finds that nursing homes that have higher numbers of Black or African American residents, have much lower standards of quality and care, compared to nursing homes that have fewer numbers of black residents.

The results of the study were published in Health Services Research recently, and found that nursing homes that have high proportions of black residents seem to deliver lower quality of care and perform poorly financially, compared to homes with fewer or no minority patients at all. In these long-term resident facilities, with no black residents or minimal black residents, profit margins are much higher, revenues are much more impressive, and the healthcare outcomes of residents seem to be much better, compared to homes where there are predominantly black residents.

The research included more than 11,000 American nursing homes.  Homes with predominantly Black or African American residents typically rely more on Medicaid compared to others. That means the reimbursement rates in these nursing homes are much lower, compared to other nursing homes that are on the private pay or self- pay model.

The kind of quality data parameters that the researchers looked into while analyzing and comparing nursing homes included the ratio of nursing staff to patients, the kind of help that staff members provided patients in walking and getting out of bed, pressure ulcer prevention success, rate of success in the prevention of urinary tract infections, medication error rates, citations by government agencies and a number of other factors.

California nursing home abuse lawyers find from this research that nursing homes with predominantly black patients had lower operating costs, lower revenues, and very tight operating margins. Deficiency citations in these homes were more common, while pressure ulcer prevention success was minimal.

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