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Eye in the sky: Using drones for public safety raises questions
WGN-TV
You’ve heard about the possibility of drones bringing packages to your front door. Well now a Chicago-based company wants to use them to help protect you. Lifeline response wants to dispatch drones to the skies to help keep people safe. College campuses, large corporations and even cities can sign on to get drones in their regions. As 911 is dispatched, a drone is also sent to the location. It can travel up to 65 miles per hour and get over an emergency in just 15-25 seconds.
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Texas' plan to allow alcohol sales at gun shows gets shot down
TIME
Gun show operators felt the combination of booze and bullets was unsafe. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) withdrew a proposal to allow sales of alcohol at some gun shows after receiving a barrage of public comments against the plan. The plan would have enforced strict conditions, including a ban on live ammunition and requiring the show’s venue to have a liquor license, the Associated Press reports.
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Central Park collision raises question: How common are pedestrian-cyclist deaths?
Bloomberg via Property Casualty 360
Jill Tarlov’s recent death from a collision with a cyclist in Central Park was a New York City rarity, as are lawsuits after bikers ram pedestrians. From 1996 to 2005, 11 pedestrians across New York City died after being struck by bicyclists, according to a report by four city agencies. Most of the victims were older than 60, and three had disregarded traffic signals. From 2006 to 2013, there were just four pedestrian deaths, according to the city’s Department of Transportation.
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Fraternity reforms, from inside and out, seek to curb sexual assault
The Associated Press via PBS Newshour
Eight college fraternities announced an effort to work together on new training aimed at combating sexual misconduct, hazing and binge drinking. The focus is on learning to recognize, diagnose and intervene in potentially harmful situations. An estimated 35,000 undergraduates are anticipated to participate in the first year of the Fraternal Health and Safety Initiative consortium, according to the announcement.
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OMG txt 911! Bill would require emergency call centers be ready to receive text messages
NJ.com
A bill that would require facilities that handle 911 calls to accept emergency text messages was approved by the state Assembly Telecommunications and Utilities Committee. Sponsors said the legislation (A3461) said it will help those with “communication disabilities,” as well as people in emergency situations that require them to be discrete.
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Minnesota governor pledges to fix child protection
McClatchy News via Governing
Gov. Mark Dayton took immediate steps that he said will protect Minnesota’s children from abuse and prevent the kinds of systemic failures that led up to the death last year of 4-year-old Eric Dean. The state will begin conducting random checks to see if counties are wrongly rejecting abuse reports, Dayton said, and will set up a team of child protection specialists to respond rapidly to social workers struggling with difficult cases.
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Should NYPD school safety agents be writing traffic tickets?
WPIX-TV
Some neighbors are asking the city to allow school safety agents to write traffic tickets in school zones. Community Education Council 31 in Staten Island voted to ask NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton to consider it for the five boroughs. CEC President Michael Reilly says it will help reduce double parking, U-Turns, cell phone use and reckless driving in school zones across the city.
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Survey finds drivers see dangerous behavior on New Jersey roads
Claims Journal
Virtually all drivers polled have witnessed provocative driving behavior or road rage on New Jersey roads, according to a newly published Plymouth Rock Assurance study. Behaviors reported include unsafe and aggressive driving sometimes even leading to a physical altercation. The study is the latest examination of behavior on roads in the Garden State by the New Jersey car insurance group.
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