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Teens missing the point of 'designated driver'
Bloomberg via Property Casualty 360
U.S. teens recognize the importance of using a designated driver to get home. The problem is, that person isn’t always sober. About one in five adolescents say it’s fine for their driver to have some alcohol or use drugs, as long as that person isn’t too impaired to drive. Four percent just pick the least inebriated person to take them home, Liberty Mutual Holding Co. and a safety group found in a recently released survey.
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St. Paul, Minn., students will be able to text confidential tips about school safety
Pioneer Press
A student sees someone steal a cellphone at his school. He could tell a teacher or a school-resource officer, but what if he worries that other students will see that he's doing so? Now, a program that's just rolled out at a St. Paul school would let the student in such a scenario confidentially send a text message with a tip to the school district. "I think the biggest draw is that they don't turn themselves into a target," said Danny Kieffer, a principal on assignment at Central Senior High School. "They're doing something that is natural as breathing to them, where nobody is going to think anything about the kid next to them texting in the lunch room."
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Overdose deaths push Rhode Island to make antidote easier to get
Claims Journal
Rhode Island’s health department director has taken emergency steps to address an overdose crisis by making an overdose antidote more widely available, including to law enforcement agencies. The emergency regulations adopted this month say the state is facing “a severe prescription and street-drug overdose crisis” and that expanded access to naloxone has become “immediately necessary to save lives.”
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Toyota to pay $1.2 billion for misleading public on safety recalls
PBS
Toyota has come to a $1.2 billion settlement to end a Justice Department criminal probe into how the company handled customer complaints and automobile recalls related to safety problems with their vehicles from 2009 to 2010. “Today we can say for certain that Toyota intentionally concealed information and misled the public about the safety issues behind these recalls,” Attorney General Eric Holder said.
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Texas Safety University app provides resources for sexual assault victims
The Houstonian
To supplement campus counseling centers and community sexual assault victim centers, a new app has compiled data and resource information in an effort to strengthen the combat against campus sexual assault. The Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (TAASA) launched its Texas Safety University app for iPhone and Android in September to bring instant customized information for each of Texas’ 174 universities. According to Glenn Stockard, deputy director of external affairs at TAASA, the app is designated to provide accessibility that may not be available on campus websites.
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Data intelligence for better public safety
Philadelphia Daily News
Jon Gosier, 32, of Chinatown, Penn., is founder and CEO of D8A Group, a North Philadelphia firm that seeks to identify patterns to help public-safety officials make better decisions. The company uses maps, social-media streams, news feeds and demographic data.
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UMass Public Safety holds seminars regarding active shooters
The Mass Media
University of Massachusetts Boston Public Safety Department will begin hosting "Active Shooter Awareness" seminars every month. The first seminar took place in February and was hosted by the Public Safety and Office of Emergency Preparedness. The seminars are designed to teach students and faculty what an active shooter situation is, and how to prepare and react for one.
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Vermont school district tells court Methadone clinic is a safety issue
NPR Vermont
The Vermont Supreme Court held its annual session at Vermont Law School, where it typically hears arguments in high profile cases. Among those under consideration was the South Burlington School District appeal of a permit allowing the Howard Center to construct a new methadone clinic near two schools. School district attorney Peitro Lynn told the justices that his appeal is based largely on the argument that a traffic study should have been required before a permit was issued.
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Driving safety bill moves forward in Oklahoma, another pushed back
Claims Journal
The full Oklahoma Senate approved legislation barring cell phone use in Oklahoma school zones, but a bill that would ban texting while driving suffered a setback as it was sent back to committee. The positive vote on Senate Bill 1601, which makes it illegal for anyone operating a motor vehicle to use a wireless communications device in a school zone, was unanimous. The measure, which was co-authored by Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman and Senate Minority Leader Sean Burrage, would not apply to cars that are stopped, drivers using hands-free devices, or emergency calls as outlined in the bill.
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Administration calls for program to continuously probe personnel
Nextgov
A government-wide effort that will require additional funding is underway to connect the computer systems used for issuing security clearances and identification cards, in response to the Navy Yard shootings that killed a dozen people. According to an recently released interagency report, various strategy and budget documents for the effort are due within six months. The overhaul is intended to accelerate a transition to "continuous evaluation,” in which software routinely checks databases and social media for negative information on personnel in sensitive positions.
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Statewide solution needed for pedestrian safety in Michigan
MLive
Pedestrian safety, a topic hotly debated in Ann Arbor over the past few years, has made its way to the halls of state government. State Rep. Adam Zemke, D-Ann Arbor, is leading an effort to craft legislation that would end what some say is confusion arising from a hodgepodge of local ordinances in Michigan. He’s working with community leaders across the state to craft a set of bills for lawmakers to consider.
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March 16-22 is Flood Safety Awareness Week
Chicago Tribune
The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) uses Flood Safety Awareness Week to educate homeowners about flooding and how to safeguard lives and property. One safety factor that homeowners often overlook is the flood insurance. “If your home is outside the flood zone, it does not necessarily mean you are safe from flooding,” says Jim Bernahl, Public Works Engineering Division Manager. “More than 25 percent of all flood claims are from outside the mapped flood zone. Building smart, taking protective measures and having flood insurance are the best way to avoid the impact of flooding.”
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