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ago in what has become a grim rite of spring, the big, red-lettered sign beside the churning Kern River is already outdated.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.
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.
October 15, 2003 |
Mid-size sport utility vehicles are nine times as likely as passenger cars to be involved in fatal rollover crashes and twice as likely to kill the occupants of other vehicles in crashes, a government study says. The study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration examined fatality data from 1995 to 2000 to determine the effects of vehicle weight. It found large passenger cars and minivans had the lowest fatality rates of all vehicle types.
February 11, 2003 |
A record number of children are now riding safely buckled in car seats and seat belts, but too many are still in the front seat, where they are at increased risk, according to a survey released Monday. As the government kicks off Child Passenger Safety Week, the good news is that the number of children killed in car accidents has dropped steadily since 1995 -- a trend that experts attribute to more widespread use of child safety seats and seat belts.