CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2013 |
Karla Martinez carried the framed photographs to the growing streetside memorial in Anaheim. There they were: hugging, showing off for the camera, old friends having good times, all smiles. But the good times had been swept away: 21-year-old Sheyla Mendoza, her mother Carmen Mendoza, 56, and cousin Stephanie Henriquez, 21, were dead. The three family members were fatally injured late Saturday as they walked down Western Avenue in the heart of Anaheim after a baby shower. They were struck by a drunk driver, police say. On Monday, a memorial of candles, homemade posters and photos, placed on the sidewalk near the site where the three were hit, swelled in size.
December 10, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Traffic deaths nationally were down last year to their lowest level since record-keeping began in 1949. But not in North Dakota, where they were up 41%, the biggest increase of any state. Fourteen states, including California, recorded an increase in motor vehicle fatalities, even though the 32,367 traffic deaths last year were down 1.9% from the previous year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The traffic safety agency this year projected a record low in 2011 traffic deaths as motorists drove less, perhaps because of high gas prices and a still-difficult economy.
November 20, 2012 |
Red state voters are more likely to die in a traffic accident than blue state voters. That's the finding of FairWarning.org, an online, nonprofit publication that does public interest journalism. “The 10 states with the highest fatality rates all were red, while all but one of the 10 lowest fatality states were blue. What's more, the place with the nation's lowest fatality rate, while not a state, was the very blue District of Columbia,” FairWarning said in an article published Tuesday.
October 1, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- U.S. traffic deaths rose a projected 9% in the first half of this year, compared with the same period a year ago, for the largest increase since 1975, as an improved economy led motorists to drive more. The increase comes after road fatalities dropped last year to their lowest level in more than six decades. An estimated 16,290 people died in crashes between January and June, up from 14,950 for the first half of 2011, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
July 30, 2012 |
America, we have got a problem. It is called "distracted walking" and while it occasionally makes for hilarious online video bloopers, it is also posing a real danger to the people of our great nation. The number of people who have landed in U.S. emergency rooms thanks to injuries incurred while they were walking and texting, tweeting, playing video games, talking on the phone, or listening to music on headphones, has more than quadrupled in the past seven years, the Associated Press reports . In 2011 alone, 1,152 people were treated for distracted walking, according to data collected by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and that number is likely a gross underestimate since many doctors or nurses may not have asked whether the patient was using a mobile device at the time of the accident.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2012 |
Parents who transport a youngster without a car seat and lose the child in a fatal traffic accident may have their surviving children removed by social welfare authorities, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Thursday. The state high court ruled in favor of Los Angeles County social workers who placed two young boys in foster care after their 18-month-old sister, held on the lap of an aunt, was killed when a driver ran a stop sign and plowed into the car their father was driving.