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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.
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January 3, 2009 | Steve Hymon
While traffic officials applaud a new law that makes it illegal for drivers to read, write or send text messages, they admit there is little evidence that last year's ban against talking on a hand-held cellphone has actually prevented accidents. Since holding a phone to your ear was made a traffic violation last July, the California Highway Patrol has written about 48,000 tickets, fining drivers from $20 to $50.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 1990 | CAROL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2008 | Jeff Gottlieb, Times Staff Writer
Six months ago, four companies were competing for the shuttle service at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida. Each of the 10 members on the selection committee agreed that the current operator, ShuttlePort, was ranked last and would not be renewed. In 2007, ShuttlePort drivers had been involved in two fatal accidents -- one of them a head-on collision between two of its vans -- killing a total of three people.
NEWS
November 7, 2000 | DAVAN MAHARAJ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
MAGAZINE
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.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1999 | JACK LEONARD and JULIE HA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 10, 2001 | DAVID PIERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 35-year-old Panorama City man's disappearance Sunday afternoon in the Kern River, with his family watching helplessly, marked the fourth drowning there in the last 45 days, authorities said. The deceptively beautiful stretch of river that runs from Lake Isabella to Bakersfield has claimed 214 lives since officials started counting in 1968. Authorities say visitors, mainly from the Los Angeles area, often ignore the signs warning of danger: swift undercurrents, deep pools and jagged rocks.
NATIONAL
August 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Traffic deaths in the United States declined last year, reaching the lowest level in more than a decade, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported. Some 41,059 people were killed in highway crashes, down by more than 1,600 from 2006. The fatality rate of 1.37 deaths for every 100 million miles traveled in 2007 was the lowest on record, the agency said. California had the largest decline: 266 fewer fatalities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2008 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
Federal officials recently issued a report on pedestrian deaths across the United States between 1997 and 2006. Here's a sampling of what the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found: * Pedestrians had only a slightly higher chance of dying in a car crash than people in a vehicle had. For every 100 million miles that people walked, 1.42 pedestrians were killed, whereas for every 100 million miles that people drove, 1.3 vehicle occupants were killed.
NATIONAL
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.
HEALTH
May 21, 2007 | Melissa Healy, Times Staff Writer
HISTORICALLY, young males have had a significant edge over girls in a wide range of risky behaviors, among them, binge drinking and failure to wear seat belts. As a result, young men have been far more likely than young women to die in car crashes. Now emergency department physicians from UC Irvine Medical Center have found that, although boys still drink, fail to use seat belts and die in car crashes more often than girls, girls began to narrow the gap in all measures between 1995 and 2004.
BUSINESS
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.
AUTOS
March 7, 2007 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
You might call it morbid fascination, the way people slow down to take a long look at accidents. But it is also cautionary and informative. In the same way, a lot of motorists might like to know about fatal accidents at dangerous intersections and hazardous freeway segments they use. Such information is readily available, but the federal government won't let the public have it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 21, 1992 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES URBAN AFFAIRS WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2006 | Juliet Chung, Times Staff Writer
Motorcyclist deaths in Los Angeles County rose 67% between 1999 and 2003, and hospitalizations are also on the rise, the county's Department of Heath Services reported last week. The increases follow a large drop in fatalities and serious injuries after a universal helmet law took effect in the state in 1992. Local health experts said that though the numbers of deaths and hospitalizations had not yet reached pre-1992 levels, the upward trend is alarming.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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."
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