CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2006 |
Erected only two weeks ago in what has become a grim rite of spring, the big, red-lettered sign beside the churning Kern River is already outdated. As motorists enter the winding Kern River Canyon with their freight of sunscreen and fishing rods and beer, it tells them about the river with no minced words: "234 lives lost since 1968."
February 12, 2006 |
DISEASES associated with travel -- SARS, bird flu, malaria -- grab most of the media attention and can trigger anxiety. But did you know a road accident is more likely to hurt you, especially if you are traveling in a developing country? That's true whether you are the driver, the occupant or even a pedestrian. Worldwide, about 1.17 million people die each year in road accidents, according to the U.S. State Department. That includes about 200 U.S. citizens killed in such accidents abroad.
February 5, 2006 |
On the open platforms of the country's largest subway system, where 7 million people crowd every day, almost every commuter is afraid of falling in front of a moving train. It is an emotional tariff included in the $2 fare -- along with exposure to noise levels that exceed a jet engine at takeoff, platform air that contains 100 times the levels of metal dust found at street level, flashers, panhandlers and the occasional broken turnstile.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2005 |
Traffic collisions claimed the lives of 60 people statewide over the Thanksgiving holiday, the highest number in nearly a decade, the California Highway Patrol reported Monday. The number is up from the 53 who died last year and the 47 who died in 2003, CHP spokesman Tom Marshall said. It was the highest number since 1996, when 63 people died on California roads during Thanksgiving weekend. The CHP defines the holiday weekend as 6 p.m. Wednesday to midnight Sunday.
July 12, 2005 |
A study of cellphone use by motorists suggests that they aren't any better off using a headset in the car than holding the phone to their ear: They're still four times more likely to end up in a crash and injured than if they weren't using the phone. The survey, released Monday by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, said that using mobile phones while driving was just as dangerous whether they're chatting through a headset or holding on to the handset.
April 5, 2004 |
Children living within a block of a speed bump have about a 50% lower risk of being injured or killed by a moving vehicle in their neighborhood than do their peers, researchers have found. Dr. June Tester, a pediatric resident at Children's Hospital in Oakland, led a five-year study involving 100 children, ages 14 and younger, who were struck by vehicles within a quarter-mile of their homes and brought to the hospital's emergency room.