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January 29, 1990 | ERIC BAILEY
Dear Street Smart: Riding a motorcycle provides a feeling of freedom. The experience is one of really being there, more involved than driving a car. Being out on the open road, away from Orange County traffic, is a pure joy. With the smells, the temperature, I feel a part of the world rather than insulated from it. I am not into speed or risk. Some riders are just foolish and I pray they survive until they outgrow it. The safety factors of a bike are in maneuverability, speed and control.
December 27, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A record number of fatal traffic incidents and a double-digit spike in shooting deaths led to one of the deadliest years for law enforcement officers in more than a decade. With the exception of 2001, which saw a dramatic increase in deaths because of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, 2007 was the deadliest year for law enforcement since 1989, according to preliminary data released jointly by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and Concerns of Police Survivors.
The quaint highway wends through the scenic countryside of the Santa Clara Valley, treating commuters to glimpses of roadside fruit stands and hillside citrus groves. But California 126 is more than just another pretty country road--it is a stretch of often deadly highway known to local residents as "Blood Alley." "Highway 126 has been known for its tremendously spectacular accidents," said Sgt. Bob Dickie of the California Highway Patrol.
April 15, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Nail gun injuries in the U.S. tripled from 1991 to 2005 as the products became more readily available, a report says. In 2005, 13,400 people sought emergency care for harm related to the tools, researchers said in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The nail gun injuries have extended to homes and garages what was a hazard seen mostly in workplaces such as construction sites, according to the report published by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. for more than four years has been quietly replacing thousands of failed tires fitted on vans, light trucks and sport-utility vehicles and writing checks to customers, but only for those who complain, according to tire dealers and consumers.
February 3, 1991 | NANCY WRIDE and MATT LAIT, Nancy Wride and Matt Lait are Times staff writers in Orange County
SEPT. 12, 1986, SHORTLY AFTER 4 P.M. Two seventh-graders, Richard Bourassa and Jeffrey Bush, are playing after school. They are alone in the den of Richard's Anaheim Hills home, a pair of 13-year-olds training loaded guns on each other. The barrels touch. Suddenly, Richard later tells police, the 12-gauge shotgun in his arms goes off, spraying the room with buckshot. One pellet pierces the door. Another shatters the window. And several riddle Jeffrey's body and head.
November 28, 1996 | From Associated Press
A parking lot fender-bender that decapitated a 1-year-old girl prompted a federal investigation and drew even more attention Wednesday to the potential dangers of air bags. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration dispatched a team from Los Angeles to investigate Tuesday night's accident, and concerned parents flooded health departments and Volkswagen dealerships with calls for more information.
August 17, 1999 | Andrew Glazer, (949) 574-4204
The Traffic Commission will review accident statistics from 1998 at its monthly meeting Wednesday. The statistics, which were presented to the commission at the end of last month, indicate the city's top 10 most dangerous intersections. The 10 intersections were the same as previous years. The highest number of accidents occurred at the intersection of Alicia Parkway and Paseo de Valencia, according to a staff report.
One intersection is home to posh Beverly Hills hotels, boutiques and a famous talent agency. The other, located 35 miles south in Orange County, is lined with mini-malls, fast-food restaurants and auto parts stores. The two traffic corners, worlds apart, are linked only by accident. Actually, many accidents.
May 6, 1986 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
Accidents on the Costa Mesa Freeway jumped 77% after new high-speed lanes for buses and car pools were opened in mid-November, according to a new analysis by an organization of commuters who want to reopen the lanes to regular traffic. The new accident figures, disputed by Orange County transportation officials, are based on an earlier safety review by the state Department of Transportation.
June 5, 2006 | Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writer
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 | Kathleen Doheny, Special to The Times
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 | Robert Lee Hotz, Times Staff Writer
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 | Valerie Reitman
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 | From Associated Press
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 | Elizabeth Levin and Aparna Kumar, Times Staff Writers
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.
Federal safety officials probing the May 8 fatal crash of a helicopter in Anaheim found that the aircraft's engine quit in mid-flight and the pilot failed to execute emergency procedures. Officials said pilot Todd Passoff, who died in the crash, did not auto-rotate the chopper blades when the power quit. Auto-rotation is an emergency procedure in which the pilot disengages the main rotor blades from the engine.
July 14, 1986
When state and local transportation officials launched the one-year experiment adding two car-pool lanes, one in each direction, on a 12-mile stretch of the Costa Mesa Freeway between the Riverside and San Diego freeways, they contended that the lanes would safely move more people in less time than regular freeway lanes. It has been six months, and the results are still questionable--in large part because of confusing data produced by the California Department of Transportation.
November 18, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Highway deaths have increased this year in the 13,000-square-mile desert region, prompting the California Highway Patrol to add new officers in the area. Eighty-six people have died so far this year, up from the 63 travelers killed last year, officials said. In many cases, drivers lulled by the monotony of the landscape fell asleep, said Capt. Lisa Lawrence, commander of the CHP's Barstow office.
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