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Santa Monica Police Department Humorous E-Scooter Safety Video

Santa Monica Police Department Humorous E-Scooter Safety Video thumbnailThe Santa Monica Police Department has taken a strong stance on illegal use of electric scooters. This has come in the form of scooter confiscations in addition to a well-made video titled "Scooters: How not to get a ticket." The video can be found on the Santa Monica Police Department Facebook page and a spaghetti western inspired clip of the informational video be can be found on their Twitter. Since the deployment of shared scooters, Santa Monica Police personnel have confiscated over 100 scooters. Officers will continue to enforce the rules of the road to prevent electric scooter accidents.

Will Los Angeles Ban The Electric Scooter?

It would appear the spread of electric shared scooters has taken yet another hit as Los Angeles City Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Mitchell Englander look to ban electric scooter outright in Los Angeles until regulations are finished. Citing personal experience, Paul Koretz of the Fairfax neighborhood asked the city council to place an immediate ban on the use of motorized scooters. Koretz explained that while he was initially in favor of the new wave of transit for Los Angeles, he reconsidered his position when he saw the impacts on his own neighborhood. Unsafe use of the motorized scooters included double riding, underage riders, riders on sidewalks and users failing to use helmets.

One dead in motor vehicle accident in California

One person is dead and several others were transported to hospitals following a car crash on Highway 17, according to local sources. California Highway Patrol has confirmed the death of a 60-year-old man from Santa Clara. Three other people were reportedly injured, two seriously, in this motor vehicle accident.

According to the accident report filed by police, the 60-year-old man had stopped his vehicle in two southbound lanes of Highway 17 for reasons that have not been confirmed. A second vehicle was not able to stop in time and rear-ended the stopped car, causing both cars to catch on fire. The driver of the stopped vehicle was trapped inside his car and was pronounced dead at the scene.

2-Car Collision Near Point Mugu Sends Vehicle Into Ocean

A two-car accident last month on PCH around 5:40 pm, July 12, 2018, caused one car to plunge 50 feet into the Pacific Ocean near Point Mugu. A total of five were injured in the collision while those launched into the ocean were extracted safely. Two of the three occupants of the submerged vehicle were ejected from the car and able to swim back to the rocks safely. The cause of the crash is uncertain and it remains unclear if either driver was under the influence. The accident shut down traffic on PCH for several hours near Point Mugu to insure the accident site was properly cleaned of debris.

Tragic Fatal Hit and Run Accident in Chula Vista

High School tennis coach stands accused of a fatal hit and run in Chula Vista. George Espinosa, age 47, is the boy's tennis coach at Mater Dei High School and now charged with one misdemeanor count of involuntary vehicular manslaughter as well as one felony count of hit and run. Leilani Magno, just weeks away from turning 18 years old, was struck along Lane Avenue near Scobee Park at approximately 8:15 PM, Sunday July 8. The southbound vehicle lost control and struck Magno from behind, then fled the scene according to police. George Espinoza turned himself in to the Chula Vista Police Department one day following the incident.

Uber Rethinks Their Self-Driving Cars

Ever since Uber's fatal Arizona crash in March of this year, the company is rethinking its self-driving vehicles strategies. Uber has struggled to regain its reputation and trust from customers after the accident, and is now making drastic changes to improve the safety and quality of the company.

Keep a lookout for a hidden brain injury after a crash

Many car accident victims in California are so relieved when they suffer no broken bones and see no open wounds or gushing blood that they refuse a trip to the hospital. This might be a mistake because the force of any collision can cause the brain to smash into the inside walls of the skull as the head is jostled back and forth. It can cause an invisible brain injury such as bruising or even bleeding on the brain.

However, some symptoms could indicate a brain injury, and noticing any of them should be mentioned to a doctor. In the aftermath of a crash, any headaches or unfamiliar moodiness, spontaneous emotional outbursts or unexplained anxiety can indicate brain damage. Mental fogginess, inability to focus, slowed reactions, and sensitivity to sound and light are further red flags.

Lawsuit Filed Against New York City For Lack Of Pedestrian Safety

Disability Group Advocates, a nonprofit legal center in New York City, filed a lawsuit against the city for failing to provide safe crosswalk meters for visually impaired pedestrians. While other major cities such as Los Angeles, San Antonio and Seattle have made strides to improve public safety through upgrading old crosswalk meters to be accessible for all users, New York has failed to implement similar pedestrian safety improvements. In a city that requires its citizens to walk and use public transit, one would hope that making these basic improvements as street meters are replaced would be adopted.

Car Crushes Inglewood Daycare Center

Earlier this month on a late Thursday night, a vehicle drove into Destiny Daycare in Inglewood on Arbor Vitae Street, near Oak Street. Nobody was inside the facility at the time of the incident however, the building suffered significant damage to its façade and the vehicle had to be removed from the building before the Arbor Vitae could re-open to the public. It is unclear if the driver was injured or under the influence during the accident. 

California Is Now Allowing Driverless Cars To Carry Passengers

The California Public Utilities Commission has now authorized two programs in which driverless cars are allowed to carry passengers. With this invention, artificial intelligence will forever change the future of the motor vehicle industry.

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