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De Blasio looks toward Sweden for road safety
The New York Times
Across this Scandinavian capital of graceful cyclists and speed-regulating shrubbery, cabbies who drive Volvos and pedestrians who look over their shoulders before jaywalking, a simple figure rules: Zero. It is the number of people permitted to die in Swedish traffic, according to national law. For nearly two decades, every rising barrier and reduced speed limit has been tailored to this seemingly impossible goal, of eradicating traffic deaths and serious injuries, and its guiding premise: Every inch of street space must anticipate, and accommodate, human error.
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Philadelphia trails in issuing jaywalking tickets
The Inquirer
In Philadelphia's stepped-up efforts to reduce pedestrian deaths and injuries, one tactic has not been used: Issuing tickets to scofflaw pedestrians. So far this year, Philadelphia police have cited no one for jaywalking. That follows a historic pattern. On average, city police issue about nine jaywalking tickets a year, according to the department's records.
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Keeping your crowd safe
Event Industry News
Keeping your crowd safe is a now a multi-agency effort when it comes to major events, requiring intense planning and precise delivery. From trip-hazards to terrorist threats, the spectrum of what could create an unsafe environment for your customers is vast. Identifying what could cause an unsafe environment is the first step to identifying how it can be neutralized, which is where the skill and experience of seasoned event safety consultants, security companies and crowd management consultants can be vital to the success of an event.
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Colorado launches aerial detection to protect people, water in wildfire season
The Denver Post
Colorado is embarking on a new aerial strategy to detect and snuff wildfires while they are small — the state's latest attempt to reduce danger to people and destruction of watersheds. Flanked by lawmakers and emergency responders in an airport hangar, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed three bills into law, including one devoting $20 milllion to line up two firefighting airplanes and four helicopters.
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Improving risk management modeling with address verification
Property Casualty 360
Risk managers often need to assess the financial impact of catastrophes, such as hurricanes, tornadoes and severe weather, on their portfolios. These assessments evaluate the potential cost of a catastrophic event and help insurers manage their exposure and set their reserves. And while every event is unique in its scope and impact, good risk management practices advocate that we apply what we have learned to the future.
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Annual college pub crawl turns from celebration to chaos, officials call for change
Syracuse.com
Hundreds of State University of New York College at Oswego students celebrated the end of the year this weekend with an annual pub crawl known as the Bridge Street Run. The tradition, started in the 1960s by a small group of SUNY Oswego seniors, has grown over the years to include more than a dozen bars and hundreds of students and alumni. This year, city officials say the Bridge Street Run and related partying got out of hand.
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Storm supply tax holiday offered in Louisiana
Claims Journal
Purchases of flashlights, batteries, portable generators and other emergency supplies are free from Louisiana’s 4 percent state sales tax May 24-25, state revenue officials said. The Louisiana Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday gives residents a chance to prepare for storm season, which begins June 1. The sales tax holiday applies to the first $1,500 of the purchase price of each item, according to Revenue Secretary Tim Barfield.
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Mental health playing a bigger part in Connecticut policing
Governing
How do you tell the difference between someone who needs to be taken to jail and someone who needs to be taken to the hospital? That’s a big concern in Connecticut, where the intersection of law enforcement and mental health has been a huge issue since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown in 2012.
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Virginia imposes stiffer penalties to employers without workers' comp coverage
Claims Journal
Employers who fail to obtain workers’ compensation insurance in Virginia can expect stiffer civil penalties — subject to a maximum of $250 per day of noncompliance and a maximum civil penalty of up to $50,000 — beginning July 1. The 2014 General Assembly approved an increase in the civil penalty imposed when an employer required to insure under the Workers’ Compensation Act fails to insure. The law change amends section 65.2-805 of the Workers’ Compensation Act. The amendment was approved March 7.
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Iowa school bus safety laws prompt national legislation
KWWL-TV
School bus safety laws here in Iowa may pave the way for similar legislation on the national level. Congressman Bruce Braley, D-Iowa, proposed the School Bus Safety Act earlier this month. The act aims to make riding a school bus safer for every public school student. On May 12, Dubuque Community School District superintendent Stan Rheingans spoke with Braley outside George Washington Carver Elementary School, promoting the School Bus Safety Act.
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Insurance company sues Illinois cities for climate damage
Environment & Energy Publishing
Illinois Farmers Insurance Co. is suing Chicago for failing to prevent flooding related to climate change in what experts say could be a landmark case that accelerates local efforts to grapple with the impacts of climbing temperatures. The insurance company filed nine class-action lawsuits last month alleging that dozens of Chicago-area municipalities are responsible for the damage caused by a two-day downpour last year in April.
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Lawmakers need to fix wildfire funding
The Bellingham Herald
Imagine a homeowner who doggedly budgets $1,400 per year for roof repairs, but consistently spends more than $2,500 fixing damage caused by falling branches. To balance the household budget, every year the homeowner shifts an additional $1,100 dollars from the family’s tree-trimming account. Sounds like a broken household budgeting system.
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Easy changes will improve school safety, Sandy Hook parent says
KSL-TV
The parents of a little girl killed in the Sandy Hook shooting are turning their tragedy into training. Emilie Parker, 6, was one of 20 young victims struck down in Newtown, Connecticut, on Dec. 14, 2012. Since then, her parents, Robbie and Alissa Parker, have been on a mission to make schools safer. "Emilie is still a big part of our family," Robbie Parker said. "She was a kid that got in trouble. She was a kid that made messes and did all that stuff too, but man, she was an amazing older sister."
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West Virginia mine where 2 died had pattern of safety violations
Insurance Journal
The West Virginia coal mine where a collapse recently killed two workers had “chronic compliance issues” and received numerous citations from inspectors last year, federal authorities said on Tuesday. The Patriot Coal Corp.’s Brody Mine No. 1 collapsed about 8:30 p.m. on May 12, trapping two miners, the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration said in a statement.
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More seniors driving than past generations
Claims Journal
A new report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that older Americans are driving more than seniors in previous generations. Released last month the report — Understanding Older Drivers: An Examination of Medical Conditions, Medication Use and Travel Behaviors — says that 84 percent of Americans 65 and older were licensed to drive in 2010, compared to barely half in the early 1970s.
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Safety inroads: Despite recent accidents, Columbus, Ohio, is losing its training wheels as a bike city
Columbus Live
Travis Freeman’s bicycle ride on North Broadway on Feb. 28 was nearly his last. A turning vehicle failed to yield to Freeman’s right of way, causing a collision that sent Travis straight into emergency surgery to address brain swelling at Riverside Medical Center. It was a month and a half before he started remembering anything. Three months later, he’s still recovering, and he’s not scheduled to be released from Mentis Neuro Rehabilitation facility in Stow until June.
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3 tips for staying safe in Rio for the World Cup
Property Casualty 360
With a 37 percent increase in muggings and a 38 percent rise in murders preceding the FIFA World Cup, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations and the host city for several matches of next month’s World Cup, has caused security measures to be taken earlier than expected.
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