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Prescribed drugs increasing in fatal crashes involving drugged drivers
Claims Journal
Since 1993, the profile of a drugged driver has changed substantially. A study released in Public Health Reports shows that more drivers are now testing positive for prescription drugs, cannabis, and multiple drugs, and they are more likely to be older than 50. “While we’ve seen a decrease over the years in motor vehicle fatalities involving people under the influence, the nature of those crashes is changing,” said study author Fernando Wilson, Ph.D., associate professor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
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How to maximize limited claims resources following a disaster
Property Casualty 360
With the arrival of the 2014 storm season, there are numerous articles in the national and local media about the steps consumers should take to prepare for a hurricane, tornado or other storm-related disaster. But no one seems to discuss the need for insurance carriers to make their own advance preparations in the event of a flood of claims.
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Boston taps high-tech to improve 911 system, public safety
BetaBoston
Boston’s three public safety agencies are expecting to see significant improvements in response time and more efficient communications, thanks to the city’s new computer-aided 911 dispatch system deployed earlier this month. The map-based Intergraph system replaces a 20-year-old mainframe system that did not offer a lot of the features the new one has, according to Boston Police Deputy Superintendent John Daley.
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Indianapolis public safety officers would live rent-free in high-crime areas under new proposal
WTHR-TV
Democratic City-County councilors are proposing a new program aimed at getting police into rehabbed houses in high crime areas in Indianapolis. The idea of "Safe Neighborhoods Now!" is to provide rent-free homes for the officers — including Indianapolis Metro Police and sheriff's deputies — in blighted neighborhoods. The proposal will be introduced at the July 14 meeting of the Indianapolis City/County Council.
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Texas seeks boost in border patrols
Governing
The Texas Department of Public Safety has been instructed to immediately increase its efforts to secure the Texas-Mexico border with a $1.3 million-per-week operation, the offices of Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Gov. Rick Perry recently announced.
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Arizona schools will be getting 118 school safety resource officers
ABC15-TV
Schools across the state of Arizona will be receiving 118 school safety resource officers after a joint committee at the State Legislature recently approved the funding for it. The School Safety Program Oversight Committee, co-chaired by Senate Education Committee Chair Kimberly Lee, agreed to spend almost $12 million in the upcoming school year on school safety programs to add the officers to 137 school sites across the state.
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Recreation as innovation: San Antonio rethinks a public good
Governing
The definition of recreation has expanded to include physical activity and enjoyment of almost any kind. After decades of treating recreation as an add-on — the last item on the budget and the first expense to be cut — it was now a focal point for creative use of public funds and other resources to inspire more livable communities with healthier and happier citizens.
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Supreme Court: Police need warrant to search cellphones
CNN
The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that police may not search the cellphones of criminal suspects upon arrest without a warrant — a sweeping endorsement for privacy rights. By a 9-0 vote, the justices said smart phones and other electronic devices were not in the same category as wallets, briefcases, and vehicles — all currently subject to limited initial examination by law enforcement.
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University of Oklahoma tornado shelters nearly completed
Claims Journal
University of Oklahoma (OU) President David Boren says the planning phase for tornado shelters on the OU campus in Norman is nearing completion. The $12 million project is an expansion of campus storm shelters for students living in university housing. The OU Board of Regents last September approved — at Boren’s request — the hiring of MA Plus to help design a campus system of additional storm shelters.
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, hospital and police volunteers exhibit firework safety
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Representatives from UPMC Mercy Burn Center and Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Bomb Squad demonstrated the dangers of personal fireworks at the bureau‘‍s firing range in Highland Park. The officials made two melons explode using fireworks that the police confiscated from various locations in the Pittsburgh area last summer. Most fireworks-related injuries occur between Memorial Day and Labor Day, said Mark Pinchalk, patient care coordinator at City of Pittsburgh EMS.
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Indianapolis to reexamine public safety alcohol policy after cop drunk driving arrest
WXIN-TV
Indianapolis Public Safety Director Troy Riggs has directed his entire department to re-examine its adherence to the city’s alcohol-related policies for city employees while another IMPD officer is charged with a drunk driving offense. Capt. Mark Rice was arrestedon the city’s westside by Indianapolis International Airport police who spotted the IMPD veteran’s car as it ran up onto the median at West Washington Street and I-465.
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Ohio air show plans extra safety precautions after fatal crash
Claims Journal
The Dayton air show is taking extra safety precautions a year after a pilot and wing-walker died in a fiery crash in front of thousands of horrified spectators. A third fire truck will be added to the two smaller trucks traditionally stationed at the upcoming annual Vectren Air Show.
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Florida puts child safety before parents' rights
Governing
Gov. Rick Scott signed into law a sweeping overhaul of Florida's long-troubled child welfare agency, discarding a decade-old policy that favored the rights of parents over those of neglected and abused children — even as hundreds of infants and toddlers died gruesome and preventable deaths.
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Safety from the ground up
Forbes
In the wake of the ongoing financial crisis, the importance of stable jobs and reliable companies has been amplified in our minds. Many enterprises have endured challenges during this period, but Pacific Gas & Electric has faced particularly difficult times. In 2010, a gas line in San Francisco operated by PG&E exploded, leaving several dead and others homeless. The accident prompted a company-wide overhaul — from safety processes to information management — at a cost of $2.7 billion.
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Automakers to recall air bags in humid parts of US
ClickOn Detroit
Faulty air bags — which have already led to the recall of millions of cars worldwide — are blamed for a new round of recalls in the U.S. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the government's auto safety agency, said that BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota will recall cars sold in places where hot, humid weather can potentially affect the air bags.
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Walk this way: Professor creates simulator for pedestrian safety
Birmingham Business Journal
David Schwebel, a University of Alabama at Birmingham psychology professor, has designed a simulator to teach children how to safely cross the street in Birmingham, one of the nation's most dangerous cities for pedestrians. Schwebel realized that safe pedestrian behavior requires sophisticated cognitive-perceptual skills, and knowing that these skills are still developing in children, he developed a virtual reality simulator to educate children on pedestrian situations in a safe environment.
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I.I.I. President Bob Hartwig on post-disaster regulation: Good intentions, unintended consequences
Property Casualty 360
This business of insurance requires a certain level of clairvoyance, and no one owns a crystal-clear crystal ball. What we do own is historical data on the impact and aftermath of large-scale disasters — and like most of what’s in the rearview mirror, that image is sharp yet fleeting. Some may forget the lessons of the last disaster too soon, while others cast past events into stone as the basis for managing future catastrophes. What’s worse, however, is when a disaster prompts knee-jerk reactions that do more harm to the market than good.
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