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3 Things New Drivers Should Be Aware of on the Road

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Written by guest writer Landon Biehl

Seasoned drivers know that though driving a car is relatively straightforward, there are other factors that come into play when you’re on the road with other vehicles. If you’re new behind the wheel, take your time and remain alert. Keep these 3 things in mind the next time you’re on the road.

Dangers of Texting and Driving

Not only is texting while driving illegal in most states, but it’s also estimated that over half a million people are texting behind the wheel at any given time of day. The sheer number of distracted drivers on the road makes it even more dangerous to be one.

Looking away from the road for just a few seconds at a time could result in a life-altering outcome. If you feel tempted, consider downloading an app that locks your phone while you’re driving. You can also store your phone in the trunk or back seat for less of a distraction.

Importance of Defensive Driving

Remaining alert behind the wheel is incredibly important. No matter how safe of a driver you may be, there are always others on the road that are less cautious. Defensive driving means being able to anticipate potentially dangerous situations and reduce the risk of collision by practicing safe driving techniques.

Following the two-second rule, for instance, means keeping a safe trailing distance away from the vehicle in front of you—preparing for the leading car to slam on its breaks at any moment.

 

Laws to Be Familiar 

Hands-free driving laws exist in a growing number of states. At least six states have completely banned handheld phone use while driving. At least 25 have partial or complete bans on texting while driving. Many states also have individual laws specified for different types of drivers. In Indiana, new drivers 18 years or younger are banned from texting or talking on the phone while behind the wheel.

The Move Over Law requires drivers to pull over or switch lanes for any passing or stopped emergency vehicles on the road. These same laws apply not only for emergency vehicles but also for road workers and tow truck operators. Be aware of your surrounding and prepare to change to lanes when necessary.

The Super Speeder Law may vary from state-to-state. In Georgia, a Super Speeder is a driver who speeds at 75 mph or above on a two-lane road, or someone who speeds at 85 mph or above on any other road. If a driver is caught super speeding, there will be additional fines and fees that can be expected with the ticket.

According to car accident lawyers in Indiana, a fourth of fatal crashes involve speeding. Adhering to the rules of the road and remaining vigilant behind the wheel can help eliminate much of the potential for car wrecks.

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Driving Under the Influence: The Impacts of One Poor Decision

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By Landon Biehl (guest writer) 

There are many situations we may be presented with where it’s clear that one small decision can have a huge ripple effect on our life. Perhaps one of the most prominent of these circumstances is the choice to drink alcohol and get behind the wheel of a car. Whether it affects your own life, your family’s life or the life of a complete stranger, choosing to drive while under the influence can have a negative impact in more ways than one. What are some of the implications of this decision? What happens when you’re convicted of DUI?

The Possibility of Injuring Yourself or Others

First and foremost, it’s crucial to consider the likelihood of getting in a wreck and injuring yourself or others on the road. Many people are in denial of this possibility and have the mindset that it won’t happen to them. Unfortunately, not everyone is that lucky.

What if you severely injure yourself in an accident? What if you severely injure someone else—or worse? Consider the repercussions of paralysis or accidentally killing someone and being charged with manslaughter. The solution is simply to say no to drinking and driving.

Time Spent in Jail

In many states, jail time has become mandatory even for first time offenders. While in some cases, the driver may have to spend one night in jail, in other situations he or she may be there for 10 days or more. If it’s not your first offense, you can expect jail time to be mandatory, and it will almost certainly last longer than just a few days.

Driver’s License Suspension or Revocation

Depending on the laws for your state, your license may be revoked for up to two years with the first DUI conviction. Having your license revoked is more than just incredibly inconvenient—it drastically alters your life.

How will you get to and from work every day? Do you have kids that need to be taken to school in the morning and picked up in the afternoon? Consider how you’ll get basic errands completed, such as going to the grocery store or to the bank. Not having a license can create major changes in your life.

A Probationary Period

Whether or not you were sentenced time in jail, a probationary period will be required. This comes with its own expense as well—in many cases a monthly cost for a probation officer.

During the course of your probation, you may have a curfew in the evenings for when you have to be off of the roads. You may get your license back but only be allowed to drive to and from work or run family-related errands. The terms of your probation can vary depending on the severity of the situation, so it’s a good idea to be prepared for the worst.

Your Employment Put at Risk

Being arrested requires jail time, court dates, meetings with lawyers, and community service—this can often get in the way of maintaining a full time job. Your current place of employment may not feel much sympathy or offer leniency toward your situation, putting your job at risk.

If you’re in the process of looking for work, you may be placed at a disadvantage with a DUI on your record. For jobs that require driving on the clock, you may be completely disqualified.

Increase in Auto Insurance Rates

Insurance companies label drivers who’ve been convicted of DUI to be high-risk drivers, which in turn causes auto insurance rates to skyrocket. The cost of ride sharingwith Uber or Lyft is roughly $15. This is much lower than what you can expect to pay your insurance company—let alone the total cost of a DUI.

Installation of Ignition Interlock Device

During the probationary period, the judge may order an ignition interlock device—a breathalyzer—to be installed in your vehicle. This will require a breath test in order for you car to start, as well as while you’re driving. This is not only irritating during your drive, but it’s incredibly costly. You can expect to pay an installation fee as well as monthly maintenance.

The cost of a DUI is incredibly high compared to that of ride sharing to ensure you have a designated sober driver. It’s clear that one poor choice, no matter how minimal, can create a ripple effect of negative outcomes. Keep the safety of others and of yourself in mind when you get behind the wheel of a car.

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Updated Press Release for News Conference on Sept. 27, 2018

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SAFEAMERICA Leases ATL Kiosk to ‘Inform Travelers’ of Human Trafficking, Opioid and Other Safety Issues

SafeAmerica’s #1 Goal: Save Lives, Advance National Agenda (Including End Daylight Savings by Labor Day; Keep Kids Off ‘Un-Air-Conditioned School Buses during August)

Written by Len Pagano; cell: 770-509–7958; len.pagano@safeamerica.org 

Atlanta, GA – The Safe America Foundation will hold a news conference at the State Capitol on Thursday, September 27, at 11:00 am to announce plans to launch several initiatives this fall to rescue young women and men from human trafficking while helping veterans and opioid victims get to medical treatment centers.

During its News Conference, Safe America will unveil its first ‘HUMANS Care’ transport vehicle (photo at right) donated by AMR (American Medical Response). The Foundation will also unveil plans to open an information kiosk at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport starting Nov. 1 that will inform travelers of signs of women and men being ‘victimized’ for sex.

Support for the programming has grown this summer, with attendees including State and Metro Leaders such as Georgia Public Service Commission Vice Chairman Tim Echols, Clayton County Chairman Jeff Turner and State Representatives Paulette Rakestrawand Michael Smith.  Also expected are: DeKalb County Commissioners Gregory Adams and Larry Johnson; State Senator Kay Kirkpatrick and State Senator Ed Harbison plus Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond and Mayor Keisha Lance Bottom’s Senior Fellow, Ouleye Warnock.

The event will take place at the Georgia State Capitolin the South Wing located near the main rotunda.

“Solving human trafficking – and help opioid addicts and human trafficking victims get to medical facilities is a major problem,” noted Safe America CEO Len Pagano. “With more than 1,500 people a month unable to get to hospitals, we’ll help take a role in improving transportation and educating the public on what to look for when they’re out on-the-street.”

Pagano noted that Safe America’s ‘HUMANS Care’ program is growing a collaborative partnership with organizations including Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta Veterans Administration,youthSpark, American Medical Response, WellStar Atlanta Medical CenterFulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority.

Among individuals who have helped kick off the HUMANS Care program are: Kim Ryan, President of WellStar Atlanta Medical Center (AMC); Terence Ramotar, Regional Director of AMR; DeKalb County Super Commissioner Gregory Adams; Cobb County Board of Commissioners Chairman Mike Boyce; Dr. Joshua Murfree, COO of the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority (FDHA) and Jennifer Swain, Executive Director of youthSpark.

“We value our partnership with Safe America and we appreciate the recognition for our efforts to support safer and healthier communities throughout the many systems we serve in Georgia,” said Terence Ramotar, Regional Director for AMR. “As part of our collaboration, we are pleased to donate the HUMANS Care transport vehicle as a way to get more help to more people, which is what AMR is all about.”

In addition to the fighting human trafficking, Safe America will announce a study on the potential of Georgia (and other states)ending Daylight Savings Time by Labor Day; and, delaying the start of the school year in 2019-20 until early September (to reduce heat exposure on school buses and early morning ‘transportation’ in the dark). Both topics will be part of the November 2 ‘Fall Forum’ at the Federal Reserve Bank as well as the November 17  “Brain Camp” at the Delta Flight Museum. Safe America is also launching a ‘Safe South’ initiative, with Clayton County Chairman Jeff Turner heading the organization.

“Safety has grown to be the #1 issue every day – everywhere,” noted Pagano. “We need to redefine decisions – from how early to start the school year to making sure kids don’t have to walk in the dark to catch a school bus. These and other issues – like teaching how to survive active shooters and having Boy and Girl Scouts receive more training – can be as important as investing $60 million in tax dollars (currently being discussed by gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp).”

As to human trafficking: it has become a top issue for Atlanta, with the 2019 Super Bowl – being held at the Mercedes Benz Stadium – viewed as a ‘key attraction’ at having more juveniles brought to Atlanta for ‘sexual pleasure.’ Today, human trafficking is considered a modern day slavery, touching every corner of the globe. This multi-billion criminal enterprise is the fastest growing crime in the world. Human trafficking involves both commercial sexual exploitation and labor servitude. The average age of entry for victims is 12-14 years old.  One of the goals of the Safe America Foundation is to work towards ending this crime, as well as helping others with opioid addictions and veterans with PTSD. The Foundation will discuss this and other topics on November 2 at the Federal Reserve Bank. For more information on the conference, visit https://trainingforglobalsafety.org.

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SAFE AMERICA Plans ATL Kiosk to ‘Inform Travelers’ of Human Trafficking, Opioid and Other Safety Issues

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Safe America’s #1 Goal: Save Lives, Advance National Agenda (Including End Daylight Savings by Labor Day; Keep Kids Off ‘Un-Air-Conditioned School Buses in August)

Atlanta, GA – September 26, 2018 – The Safe America Foundation will hold a news conference at the State Capitol on Thursday, September 27, at 11:00 am to announce plans to launch several initiatives this fall to rescue young women and men from human trafficking while helping veterans and opioid victims get to medical treatment centers.

During its News Conference, Safe America will unveil its first ‘HUMANS Care’ transport vehicle, donated by AMR (American Medical Response). The Foundation will also share its leasing a kiosk space that will help inform travelers of signs of women and men being victimized for sex.

The press conference will include State and Metro Leaders such as Georgia Public Service Commission Vice Chairman Tim Echols, Clayton County Chairman Jeff Turner and  State Representatives Paulette Rakestraw and Michael Smith.

The event will take place at the Georgia State Capitol in the South Wing located near the main rotunda.

“Through collaborative partnerships with Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta Veterans Administration, youthSpark, American Medical Response, WellStar Atlanta Medical CenterFulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority, we are working to provide special services to many who are vulnerable and alone in our community,” said Len Pagano, CEO of the Safe America Foundation.

Among those expected to speak or be recognized will be Kim Ryan, President of the WellStar Atlanta Medical Center (AMC); Terence Ramotar, Regional Director of AMR; DeKalb County Super Commissioner Gregory Adams; Cobb County Board of Commissioners Chairman Mike Boyce; Dr. Joshua Murfree, COO of the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority (FDHA) and Jennifer Swain, Executive Director of youthSpark.

“We value our partnership with Safe America and we appreciate the recognition for our efforts to support safer and healthier communities throughout the many systems we serve in Georgia,” said Terence Ramotar, Regional Director for AMR. “As part of our collaboration, we are pleased to donate the HUMANS Care transport vehicle as a way to get more help to more people, which is what AMR is all about.”

In addition to the human trafficking issue, Safe America will announce its exploring a discussion on ending Daylight Savings Time by Labor Day and holding up the public school year until then to reduce heat exposure on school buses and early morning transportation in the dark. Both topics will be part of the November 2 Fall Forum at the Federal Reserve Bank as well as the November 17 Brain Camp at the Delta Flight Museum.

“Safety has grown to be the #1 issue every day – everywhere,” noted Pagano. “We need to redefine decisions – from how early to start the school year to making sure kids don’t have to walk in the dark to catch a school bus.”

As to human trafficking: it has become a top issue for Atlanta, with the 2019 Super Bowl – being held at the Mercedes Benz Stadium – viewed as a ‘key attraction’ at having more juveniles brought to Atlanta for sexual pleasure.

Today, human trafficking is considered a modern day slavery, touching every corner of the globe. This multi-billion criminal enterprise is the fastest growing crime in the world. Human trafficking involves both commercial sexual exploitation and labor servitude. The average age of entry for victims is 12-14 years old.

One of the goals of the Safe America Foundation is to work towards ending this crime, as well as helping others with opioid addictions and veterans with PTSD. The Foundation will discuss this and other topics on November 2 at the Federal Reserve Bank. For more information on the conference, visit https://trainingforglobalsafety.org.

About the Safe America Foundation

Safe America is a 501 (c) – 3 non-profit begun in 1994. The organization is focused on becoming the country’s leading ‘voice for safety,’ partnering with corporate, governmental, and other non-profits to respond to emerging health and safety issues nationwide.

Its agenda focuses in five key areas – transportation, disaster resiliency, community safety (including youth education, aiding returning veterans), cyber security/techological safety and global concerns (including eradicating  human trafficking and environmental safety).

The Foundation’s supporters include C-level executives who are members of a ‘CEO Network’ to support and sustain initiatives to protect America’s most important asset: human life.

Media Contact: A. Haddad

Safe America Foundation

770-314-9272 mobile

Angie.Haddad@safeamerica.org

 

 

 

 

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Media Advisory – News Conference: Sept 27, 2018

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MEDIA ADVISORY 

WHAT: The Safe America Foundation will hold a news conference at the Georgia State Capitol to announce initiatives to rescue women and men from human trafficking, while helping veterans and opioid victims get to medical treatment centers.

During its news conference, Safe America will unveil its first ‘HUMANS Care’ transport vehicle, donated by AMR (American Medical Response). The Foundation will also share its news of leasing a kiosk space at Hartsfield-Jackson International airport that will help inform travelers on human trafficking. It will also address safety concerns regarding Daylight Savings Time and school bus safety in Georgia.

The press conference will include state and metro leaders such as Georgia Public Service Commission Vice Chairman Tim Echols, Clayton County Chairman Jeff Turner and State Representatives Paulette Rakestraw and Michael Smith.

WHEN:          Thursday, September 27 at 11:00am

WHERE:       Georgia State Capitol; South Wing

 WHO:            Speakers, officials and representatives from the collaboration will include:

Facts on Human Trafficking:

Human trafficking is considered a modern day slavery, touching every corner of the globe. This multi-billion criminal enterprise is the fastest growing crime in the world. Human trafficking involves both commercial sexual exploitation and labor servitude. The average age of entry for victims is 12-14 years old.

One of the goals of the Safe America Foundation is to work towards ending this crime, as well as helping others with opioid addictions and veterans with PTSD. The Foundation will discuss this and other topics on November 2 at the Federal Reserve Bank. For more information on the conference, visit https://trainingforglobalsafety.org. 

About the Safe America Foundation

Safe America is a 501 (c) – 3 non-profit begun in 1994. The organization is focused on becoming the country’s leading ‘voice for safety,’ partnering with corporate, governmental, and other non-profits to respond to emerging health and safety issues nationwide.

Its agenda focuses in five key areas – transportation, disaster resiliency, community safety (including youth education, aiding returning veterans), cyber security/technological safety and global concerns (including eradicating human trafficking and environmental safety).

The Foundation’s supporters include C-level executives who are members of a ‘CEO Network’ to support and sustain initiatives to protect America’s most important asset: human life.

Media Contact:

Angie Haddad

Safe America Foundation

770-314-9272 mobile

Angie.Haddad@safeamerica.org

 

 

 

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