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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 1999 | MEGAN GARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They've tried median barriers, flashing lights and bells, heavy gates and a strong appeal to common sense. Now Metrolink officials are turning to surveillance cameras to keep people from endangering themselves. And they're using the railroad crossing on Chestnut Avenue in Santa Ana near Grand Avenue as a test case in Orange County. Motorists who get caught running the red light at that crossing after April 1 will be issued a $104 ticket.
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NEWS
January 4, 1999 | MARK FRITZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Those child-resistant cigarette lighters that smokers sometimes curse for their complexity have contributed to a nationwide plunge in the number of lives lost in fires set by children, experts say, though thousands of illegal lighters imported from China through California still find their way to market. Despite a ghastly flurry of deaths in fires nationwide this holiday season, the National Fire Protection Assn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2000 | MEG JAMES and KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Disneyland is placing safety warning signs on ride cars throughout the park in the aftermath of the September accident on Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin that left a 4 1/2-year-old Los Angeles County boy with severe brain damage, state officials said Friday. The park installed new cautionary signs Thursday night on Alice in Wonderland cars, hours after a 15-year-old boy from Mesa, Ariz., broke his foot and leg on the attraction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1992 | TOM McQUEENEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
All elementary school students must wear helmets when riding bicycles to and from school under a new policy adopted Tuesday night by the school board. "This is something that will really make a significant impact on the safety of our children," said Margie Wakeham, an Irvine Unified School District board member. The school board's unanimous action marks the first time a school district in Orange County has mandated bicycle helmet use at its schools.
NEWS
April 12, 1990 | By LAURA MICHAELIS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Jim Landis is not an activist by trade. But since December, when his 18-month-old son nearly drowned in the family's back-yard pool, Landis has compiled page upon page of statistics on toddler drownings. "Did you know that a residential swimming pool is 14 times more likely to cause a death than a single automobile?" Landis asked, pulling out pages of statistics from his beat-up folder of papers and notes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2000 | MEG JAMES and KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Disneyland is placing safety warning signs on ride cars throughout the park in the aftermath of the September accident on Roger Rabbit's Car Toon Spin that left a 4 1/2-year-old Los Angeles County boy with severe brain damage, state officials said Friday. The park swiftly installed new cautionary signs Thursday night on Alice in Wonderland cars, hours after a 15-year-old boy from Mesa, Ariz., broke his foot and leg on the attraction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 2006 | Tanya Caldwell, Times Staff Writer
As teen-savvy parents, David and Donna Sabet gave 17-year-old daughter Gillian the usual talk before she left for the dance. "Call when you get where you're going," he said. "Be safe. Buckle up." "I know," she replied. "Love ya, Dad!" Gillian -- "Jill" to her friends -- and her boyfriend, Jonathan M. Schulte, 16, never made it to last year's JSerra High School Spring Fling in San Juan Capistrano, where she was to be crowned queen of the dance.
SPORTS
July 16, 1995 | ELLIOTT ALMOND, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Leigh Donovan of Orange considers herself a helmet freak. As one of the country's best downhill mountain bike racers, she must take precautions while living on the edge. Most of her fellow competitors do, as well. Dressed in ample layers of protective gear, cyclists at the Grundig World Cup downhill Saturday at the Snow Summit ski area looked like a fleet of neoprene-clad Mighty Morphin Rangers as they descended a precipitous course at speeds of more than 40 m.p.h.
NEWS
August 9, 1993 | LEN HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The new eight-foot-high, seven-mile fence looks like any other freeway median barrier. But this fence, installed near the U.S. Border Patrol's San Onofre checkpoint, is meant to control people, not vehicles. This bloody stretch of Interstate 5 south of San Clemente is a focal point in the war to protect the United States' border with Mexico.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1999
As residents planned for the Fourth of July, the Los Angeles Fire Department reminded the public Tuesday that fireworks are dangerous, illegal in the city and should be viewed only in organized public displays. Showing graphic photos of injuries from fireworks accidents, officials announced a 24-hour hotline offering information in English and Spanish on the nearest legal public displays: (213) 626-2871 or (818) 786-5170.
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