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New tracking devices for city vehicles to save money, boost safety
New York Post
The city is about to start tracking all of its workers’ on-the-clock driving habits and fuel usage with the help of technology more advanced than that of of current “black boxes.” While the event-data recorders that are now in use can store only a few minutes of information, the new gadgets — called CANceivers — are able to record between half a year and a year’s worth of data. And while the EDRs — commonly called black boxes — are typically accessed only after a major crash, data from the new technology can be readily downloaded daily to provide information on a variety of vehicle details, including speed, idling time, harsh braking, maintenance needs, oil pressure and mileage.
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Heroin overdose antidote: Who gets to carry it?
The Associated Press via KFMB-TV
As deaths from heroin and powerful painkillers skyrocket nationwide, governments and clinics are working to put a drug that can reverse an opiate overdose into the hands of more paramedics, police officers and the people advocates say are the most critical group — people who abuse drugs, and their friends and families. Supporters say the opportunity to save potentially thousands of lives outweighs any fears by critics that the promise of a nearby antidote would only encourage drug abuse.
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Arizona House approves bill funding big event safety precautions
The Associated Press via Arizona Capitol Times
The Arizona House of Representatives gave initial approval to a bill that would require the state to reimburse the city of Glendale for some public safety expenses following next year’s Super Bowl. House Bill 2547 would require the state to reimburse Arizona cities for up to $2 million of public safety costs for hosting major events. The House gave initial approval to the bill by Rep. David Gowan, R-Sierra Vista, but must still cast a roll-call vote on it before it moves to the Senate. Legislators did not debate the bill on March 3 but some have expressed concern about it.
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Injuries related to texting and walking increasing
Claims Journal
Texting and walking is a known danger, but Dietrich Jehle, professor of emergency medicine at the University at Buffalo, says distracted walking results in more injuries per mile than distracted driving. Consequences include bumping into walls, falling down stairs, tripping over clutter or stepping into traffic. The issue is so common that in London, bumpers were placed onto light posts along a frequented avenue to prevent people from slamming into them.
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Releasing police maps jeopardizes safety of New Jersey community
NewJersey.com
Despite a freedom-of-information lawsuit, New Brunswick won’t release detailed maps showing off-campus patrol boundaries of the Rutgers and New Brunswick police departments, city officials said. “Information disseminated to the public about what, where and when police personnel are deployed gives the criminal element access to information that undermines and jeopardizes the safety and security of those we serve to protect,” said Anthony Caputo, director of the New Brunswick Police Department.
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New York City council committees hear De Blasio's traffic safety plan
WCBS-TV
The first series of joint oversight City Council hearings were held March 3 on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new wide-ranging traffic safety program. De Blasio recently pitched his “Vision Zero” plan as an aggressive crackdown on speeding and other traffic violations in an effort to reduce traffic accidents in New York City, especially those involving pedestrians.
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Is the cost of 311 systems worth the price of knowing?
Governing
As the Great Recession took its toll on Buffalo, N.Y., the city government decided to staunch decay and neglect by targeting its limited resources on the neighborhoods with the greatest need. City departments began weekly sweeps through the most hard-hit wards, providing information to residents about employment and health-care services, while also sealing vacant houses, trimming overgrown trees, mowing empty lots, and removing debris and graffiti. The city knew exactly where to go and what to do based on data from Buffalo’s 311 hotline service.
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Minnesota schools review pool policies after boy's drowning
Star Tribune
The drowning of a St. Louis Park Middle School student has prompted Minnesota schools to scrutinize their widely varying pool safety policies in hopes of preventing a similar tragedy. Abdullahi Charif, 12, was found floating in the deep end of the school’s pool during a recent physical education class. He died two days later. An attorney for the boy’s family said he did not know how to swim and questioned how his drowning went unnoticed.
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It's National Severe Weather Preparedness Week — Is your workplace ready for an emergency?
Safety.BLR.com
March 2-8 is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, and OSHA has teamed up with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to address the hazards that severe weather poses for workers and employees. Is your company prepared for a weather emergency? To minimize the danger to workers, OSHA and NOAA encourage employers to these six steps.
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Oklahoma Congressman's proposal would extend lead time for tornado warnings
Insurance Journal
Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak has expressed his support for the Weather Forecasting Improvement Act (H.R. 2413), sponsored by Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-Oklahoma), which would establish the Tornado Warning Extension Program. The resolution is aimed at funding a research program within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to extend the lead time for tornado warnings beyond one hour.
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