Who was your driving instructor? We bet it wasn’t Dr. Shaquille O’Neal!
Popular young actress, Bella Thorne is joining forces with the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) by serving as the lead ambassador for iDECIDE, a new campaign encouraging teens to focus on the importance of creating and following individual decisions, which includes saying no to underage drinking. The campaign was designed to evoke a stay-true-to-yourself message and empower teens to act based on their personal beliefs.
In honor of National Youth Traffic Safety Month, and as part of FAAR's ongoing awareness campaign, basketball great Shaquille O’Neal agreed to be Bella's Driver's Ed instructor — sharing safe driving tips about not texting, checking your appearance in the mirror, having too many friends in the car, and --most importantly-- avoiding underage drinking. You can check out the fun videos below.
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Children's car seats are historically bulky, hard to move and tedious to mount. This is why Volvo Cars has designed a lightweight and inflatable rear-facing child seat concept using groundbreaking technology. Volvo says its new inflatable carseat concept is safe, easy to pack and carry, and will enable parents to use it in many situations not practical with the seats on the market today.
Lawrence Abele, design manager at the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center in Los Angeles, and the designer behind the new seat, had his two children in mind while designing the concept: "For me child safety is always the No. 1 priority and when we lived abroad with two toddlers we had to haul bulky child seats through airports and then into taxis. For many, traveling with young children is a challenge. Any assistance to simplify the parents' life with young children is a great thing."
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When you have a car accident, the first thing you may say is that the accident wasn’t your fault. It's an instinct, which people looking back often don't understand. Unfortunately, the other driver or drivers probably say the same thing.
Determining who is at fault in a car accident comes down to one thing: negligence. All drivers have a responsibility to obey traffic rules and not harm pedestrians or other drivers. Negligence is when a driver acts in a thoughtless or careless way that causes harm to someone else. For example, if the driver fails to stop for a red light or yield, he or she behaved in a careless or thoughtless manner.
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According to The Century Council, 9,878 people died in drunk driving crashes in 2011. Though this is an all-time low, these deaths account for 31% of all traffic fatalities that year.
Sadly, motor vehicle crashes remain the number one killer of teenagers ages 15 to 20 years old, even though drunk driving and underage drinking among teens are at historic lows.
Check out the infographic below for additional alcohol awareness factoids.
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The Safe Kids Worldwide organization held its second annual West Coast Safe Kids Day on Saturday afternoon, April 5, 2014, at The Lot in West Hollywood, California, to raise awareness about preventable injuries, the number one killer amongst children in the United States. Almost a million children around the world die of an injury each year, and every one of these tragedies is preventable. A similar event is being held on Saturday, April 12, at the Highline Stages in New York City.
Special guests in attendance included: Drew Barrymore & Will Kopelman, Giuliana & Bill Rancic, Kendra Wilkinson & Hank Baskette, Ciara, Malin Akerman, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Ali Landry, Tom & Ashley Arnold, Cocoa Brown (The Single Moms Club), Alysia Montaño (Track & Field Olympian), Leonor Varela (Chilean model and actress), Matthew Hatchette (Former NFL Player), Neal & Ruve McDonough, Vanna White, Breckin Meyer, Garcelle Beauvais (actress), Tina Charles (WNBA player), Eden Sassoon (Founder of EDEN and daughter of Vidal Sassoon), Abbie Schiller (The Mother Company, Founder), Ruby (Ruby’s Studio: The Safety Show), Dr. Peter and Laurie Waldstein, Kate Carr (President and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide), and more.
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Unfortunately, car accidents can happen to anyone now and then. This is why motorists are required to have a valid insurance policy so that if someone else is at fault, their insurance covers claims made for injuries suffered and/ or for any damage incurred.
Injuries resulting from a motor accident are often serious and can sometimes be debilitating, and one will usually make a claim both for economic and non-economic damages, such as damage to a car, loss of income due to time needed to recover from injuries, and pain and suffering.
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Kids are going to fall, crash, slip, and explore. It’s part of being a kid. According to SafeKids.org, preventable injuries are the #1 killer of kids in the U.S. and each year a million families around the world lose a child to these injuries. As parents, we all try to do our best to protect our kids from serious injuries, whether they’re at home, at play, or on their way.
WHAT IS SAFE KIDS DAY?
Safe Kids Day is an annual fundraising, awareness, and event initiative to keep kids safe from preventable injuries, the #1 killer of kids in the United States. In April 2014, Safe Kids Worldwide works at the local and national levels to promote child injury prevention and motivate families in communities everywhere to help keep their kids safe.
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Many manufacturers are implementing hands-free technology to help you interact more safely with your devices while behind the wheel of their cars. Whether it's Bluetooth connectivity to allow you to place calls, operate your music player, or to send and receive texts, these automotive technologies are improving every day and are appearing as standard equipment in more and more new cars.
On top of offering hands-free connectivity for entertainment and cellphone use, most of these systems also integrate automatic notification to 911 in case of accidents.
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St. Patrick’s Day has become a worldwide celebration of Irish culture in which people of all backgrounds take part in the festivities, which often include green beer, Irish whiskey, or other types of alcohol. However, revelers still have to get home from the party and drinking -- and driving just don't mix! According to MADD.com, drunk driving kills nearly 10,000 people in the United States each year and injures almost 350,000 more.
How can you ensure a safe and sober St. Patrick’s Day?
AskPatty offers these tips for your celebrations:
Be a Responsible Party Host!
Party hosts may be held responsible in a court of law if someone you served alcohol to ends up in a car accident. Make sure your guests have arranged alternate transportation before the party begins, or help them to set up alternate transportation. Take the car keys away from friends and relatives who have had too much to drink. Be sure to have a couple of taxi numbers on hand, or appoint your own designated driver to help drive your guests home. Tell your guests at the start of your party, and pass around a tip jar to help fill up your friends’ gas tank!
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According to NHTSA, the age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers falls into the under-20 age group. In 2009, 16% of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving.
A 2010 study conducted by AAA and Seventeen Magazine reveals that teens admit to sending a monthly average of 23 texts each month while driving. And of course, 35% of those teens who drive while distracted don't think they'll get hurt.
Because educating young teens about safe driving is a high priority, right now there are two distracted driving scholarship programs accepting video entries to raise awareness in this age group, with prizes to the winning entries that can be worth thousands of dollars!
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