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Gas Tax Bill to Fund CalTrans Infrastructure Passes

While the plan was approved, the 27-11 California state senate vote and 54-26 Assembly vote were the bare minimum required to receive approval. The Road and Repair Accountability Act of 2017 otherwise known as Senate Bill 1, will raise taxes on gasoline and fees for vehicles. With the estimated 52.4 billion dollars in additional tax revenue over the next decade, California will allocate resources to cities and counties to fund road repairs and developments to our roads and other transportation projects across the state. With cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco fighting to make progress on their Vision Zero initiatives, the additional funding will likely help close the gap for many underfunded public safety projects. But how badly is this going hurt the wallets of California residents? 

Bicycle safety can help prevent accidents

As summer rapidly approaches, bicyclists in California and all over the nation will be taking to the road. In this case, it’s imperative for both cyclists as well as drivers to remain aware of crucial safety tips. While accidents can’t always be prevented, maintaining safety is the responsibility of all who share the road.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offers a few tips aimed at cyclists to help prevent crashes from occurring. For instance, bicyclists are encouraged to fully prepare themselves before setting out on the road to lessen the chance of injury. This can entail selecting well-maintained bicycle that accommodates the rider’s frame. Riders should also take some time to plot out their routes, and if at all possible should opt to travel on streets that have less vehicle traffic.

Angels Flight is Coming Back from the Dead

The historic Angels Flight of Downtown Los Angeles has waited patiently for its resurrection since it was closed in an incident in 2013 revealing some troubling engineering issues. Angels Flight, recently featured in the blockbuster 2017 movie, La La Land, has not been in public operation since the September 2013 derailment and will hopefully open for Labor Day 2017. Prior to the 2013 accident, in 2001 there was a fatal accident that killed a man and injured seven others as the passenger car, Sinai, rolled back down the track uncontrolled and crashed into passenger car Olivet.

How do I choose the right car seat for my child?

If you have ever questioned whether or not you have the right car seat for your child, you are like hundreds of other California parents who are concerned for the safety of their children. Having your child properly restrained in a car seat that is accurately fitted to his or her weight and height is imperative for optimal safety and survival in the event of a car accident.

Safercar.gov provides parents with helpful information regarding the type of car seat a child should have depending on his or her age.

  • Birth – 12 months: During this period of time, your child should always be in a rear-facing infant seat. The car seat will have a height and weight requirement imposed by the manufacturer. Once your child outgrows either the height and/or weight requirement, you should immediately move him or her into a convertible car seat.
  • 1-3 years: A child of this age will begin in a rear-facing car seat that is often a convertible design or an all-in-one. Once the height or weight has been exceeded for rear-facing requirements, it is time to turn the car seat around forward-facing. A five-point harness should be used until the child outgrows the height or weight requirement.
  • 4-7 years: During this period, most children are ready to ride in a booster seat. This type of car seat will have a place to strap the seatbelt across the child’s lap. Some children, depending on their size, will remain in a forward-facing car seat with a five-point harness until they are a little older.
  • 8-12 years: By this age, your child is probably ready to sit in the actual car seat with a seatbelt securely strapped over the lap and chest. However, children under 13 should always sit in the back seat.

What are danger signs of concussions?

As a Californian resident who has recently gotten a concussion, there are certain things you should be aware of. Brain injuries should always be treated with caution due to their location, and there are certain signs to keep an eye out for which could mean worsened damage if left untreated.

There are certain "danger signs", according to Brainline, which could point to more serious brain injury. While simple concussions generally heal on their own, complex brain injury can include extreme dangers such as the possibility of blood clots forming. For that reason, if you experience the following symptoms, you should consider seeking medical attention. These signs include:

  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Headaches that worsen instead of going away
  • Slurred speech
  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty with balance, coordination or sensations and feelings

How can you encourage phone-free driving?

If you have children who are old enough to drive, you have probably spent some time thinking about how to discourage texting and driving. If you have, you are certainly not alone because many Californian parents share your same anxiety.

The Federal Communications Commission suggests some ways that you can positively influence your children and encourage them to put their phones away when behind the wheel. These include the following:

  • Be an example: Always put your phone away when you get into the driver’s seat. Regardless of how pressing a phone call may seem, never pick up, look at or manipulate your phone. Setting an example will help your children understand the type of behavior you expect from them.
  • Provide distinct directions: When your child is going to be driving somewhere alone, make sure you know where they are going and that they understand how to get there. If they need directions, do your best to provide clear instructions so they can find their destination without having to rely on hand-operated GPS systems or a phone.
  • Be vigilant and involved: Often, there are community resources designed to help parents like you encourage safe driving. Be familiar with these tools and be involved in your child’s driving education. Additionally, tell your family and friends about your desire for your child to put his or her phone away while driving and ask them to contribute their encouragement and praise.

Santa Monica & LA Continue Focus On Pedestrian Safety

Santa Monica and the city of Los Angeles continue the fight to make the streets and sidewalks safer for pedestrians and cyclists alike as local authorities participated in more scheduled pedestrian and cyclists safety days. On days dedicated to pedestrian safety like those a few months ago in February , officers aim to increase their visibility on the streets to encourage drivers to obey the laws of the road. This includes preventing drivers from speeding excessively, making illegal turns, passing stop signs and encroaching on cyclists' 3 foot zone. The applicable laws will also be enforced on bike riders that fail to follow these laws. Additionally, city law enforcement officials will cite pedestrians failing to follow applicable traffic rules.

Are Protected Bike Lanes The Future of Los Angeles?

Pedestrian and bicyclist safety is a major focus of Vision Zero, the ambitious goal for zero traffic deaths by 2025. To tackle this issue head on, the city of Los Angeles has plans to reinvent some of their more injury prone streets. In Downtown Los Angeles, Spring and Main Street will see some major changes in 2018 and 2019. Safety barriers to separate automobile traffic from pedestrians and cyclists will allow automobile traffic to continue without cars encroaching on cyclists' operational space. Additionally, the proposed designs will not reduce the number of traffic lanes available to automobiles so as to not contribute to the anticipated growth in the downtown area's automobile congestion.

Fatal distraction How cellphones remove driver focus

If you admit to using your cellphone while behind the wheel, you are certainly not alone. According to Distraction.gov, at any given moment of the day in the U.S., more than 660,000 drivers can be found operating electronic devices while behind the wheel. Drivers commonly use their smartphones to call friends and family, send texts, post social media updates, take selfies and engage in a number of other activities. People do this even though the act of using a handheld cellphone while driving is considered illegal in California, and drivers may face steep fines for this distraction.

These laws were put in place as an attempt to lower the number of people who are seriously injured and killed in distracted driving accidents every year. When drivers remove their focus from the road and begin concentrating on an emotional conversation or taking a picture, they are more likely to kill someone in a devastating motor vehicle accident.

Long-term effects of brain injuries

One of the most debilitating types of personal harm you could face in a car accident is a traumatic brain injury. Experiencing an accident as the result of another driver's negligence could change the course of your life if it results in a TBI, and negligent drivers in California should be held accountable for their actions. Here at Scott J Corwin, we stand with car accident victims to pursue justice after these life-altering tragedies.

According to Healthline, TBIs resulting from car accidents come in varying forms. They could be the result of bleeding within the skull, known as a hemorrhage. A concussion is bruising of the brain, and a hematoma is a blood clot. Each of these injuries may cause significant damage.

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