Can you see when driving at night?

Most of the contributing factors in night-time crashes are directly or indirectly involved with vision. In fact, most states have visual acuity requirements in order for licensure. In the state of Alabama, the visual acuity requirement for licensure without restrictions other than corrective lenses is 20/40. The minimum visual acuity required for licensure, better eye or both eyes together, with or without added restrictions or conditions, is 20/60. If you are involved in an accident and require corrective lenses, you could be guilty of contributory negligence if you were not wearing your corrective lenses. For your safety and the safety of others, always remember to wear your corrective lenses if you require them. If you are not sure if you need corrective lenses, you should go have your eyes examined.

Deer Season Safety Tips

As we enter fall and start losing our afternoon daylight faster, remember that deer season is upon us.  It is during this time of year, especially during the dusk hours that deer incidents increase.

 Having lived in Alaska for some years, Moose season is extremely dangerous.  Moose are huge and can wreak havoc on both vehicles and drivers.  While we do not have to worry about Moose in Alabama, deer can still wreak havoc as well.  What I did learn driving in the early morning dawn or the evening dusk is to be more vigilant and be more aware of deer which may be standing near the edge of the road ready to cross.

 Should a deer jump out in front of your vehicle and an accident is unavoidable, as with moose, you want to aim for the hind quarters as this will push the deer away from your vehicle.  An impact anywhere else runs the risk of the animal being thrown to the top of your hood and possibly into your windshield.

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is approaching, and while having fun, you also want to make sure that your property is safe for the trick-or treaters that will be coming. The following are some tips to make this Halloween not only enjoyable, but safe for everyone.

  • First and foremost, do not leave any open flames on your property unsupervised. This can include bon fires and candles on your walkway.
  • Make sure that your pets are inside and secured so that they are not able to get loose when you open your door. This not only keeps your pets safe, but eliminates the possibility of someone getting injured by your pet.
  • Ensure that your decorations are securely and properly hung and cannot fall off or down onto someone. Make sure that any holes in your yard are either roped off or filled in and are not trip hazards.
  • Likewise, make sure that if you have any electrical cords running through your yard that they are covered so someone cannot trip and fall over them. This also applies to any tools or toys that may be in your yard. Make sure that your yard is clear from anything that could be a trip hazard.

 This is just a short list of some suggestions that you can do to help keep everyone safe on Halloween night. We want everyone to have a safe and happy Halloween!

Don’t Forget it’s TIme for Football Tailgating Safety

It’s finally football season again and that means it’s time to tailgate at home or on the road with your favorite football team.We wanted to give you a few safety tips to ensure your tailgating experience is a safe and enjoyable experience this fall.

 ·         Be careful with the grill – Grilling is an essential part of tailgating.  But it’s also one of the most dangerous hazards if not used correctly.  Wait until charcoal is cool to the touch before discarding them in bins designed for coals. On gas grills, check all hoses to make sure they did not get punctured or come loose while being transported.  Double check to make sure you turned off the propane tank before you leave your tailgate as well.

 ·        Bring a fire extinguisher and first aid kit – When cooking with fire, there is always the potential for a flare up that gets out of control. A small fire extinguisher ensures that small flare up doesn’t become a big fire. Also, a small first aid kit is always smart to have on hand whenever traveling and especially at a tailgate where people can get burned by grills or injured tossing around a football.

 ·        Watch out for the sun! – Early in the season many of those afternoon games still have high heat indexes.  Make sure the stay hydrated with plenty of water.  Also, don’t forget to bring the sunscreen to make sure you don’t get burned.

 ·        Designate a driver – Make sure someone in your group is good to drive and isn’t under the influence of alcohol. The worst way to end a tailgate is getting pulled over for a DUI when it can easily be avoided with some responsible planning.

Surviving Rush Hour Traffic by Just Paying Attention

As our city of Huntsville grows, so does the rush hour traffic. The number of cars traveling the parkway during rush hour has increased tremendously over the last few years. South Memorial Parkway can be a dangerous place during afternoon rush hour. This statement was proven yesterday, July 21st, when three vehicles were involved in a wreck at the intersection of Lily Flagg and South Memorial Parkway. Six people were transported to the hospital with various injuries. As the traffic flow increases so does the attention of drivers. We as drivers have to make sure we have all of our attention focused on the task at hand, driving.

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Lawsuit Filed Over Salmonella at N.C. Restaurant

A lawsuit has been filed against North Carolina restaurant Tarheel Q after an incident involving salmonella-contaminated food. The lawsuit was recently filed by the law firm of Ron Simon & Associates, along with local counsel Janet, Jenner & Suggs, on behalf of a Greensboro resident who was made ill after eating at the restaurant earlier this month. According to the lawsuit, the woman became sick after eating salmonella-contaminated food at the restaurant and was sent to the hospital. The woman is still recovering from the illness.  Read more about the suit.

SR Suntour Recalls Bicycles Due to Crash Hazard

SR Suntour has issued a recall on its bicycles with SR Suntour bicycle forks due to a crash hazard. As stated in the recall, “the bolt that attaches the upper part of the bicycle’s fork to the lower part of the fork can break or separate and cause the front wheel to come off the bicycle.” Nearly 70,000 of the bikes were in production in the United States and about 33,000 in Canada. The company has received 15 reports of incidents in which bolts broke or separated. Two of the reports included minor injuries.

Indiana University Health Faces Lawsuit Alleging Fraud

Indiana University Health is facing a lawsuit alleging that it committed fraud by sending high-risk, low-income women to nursing assistants, rather than to doctors, as their paperwork stated. The whistleblower lawsuit was filed by a doctor who served as director of women’s services at HealthNet as well as medical director of ob-gyn services at IU Health Methodist Hospital. The lawsuit alleges that the hospital sent the high-risk, low-income female patients to nursing assistants, when they needed to be seen by doctors. It further alleges that the hospital fraudulently claimed that the women had been treated by doctors.

Alabama Bill HB208 – to help prevent opiate overdose deaths in Alabama

There is currently a bill (HB208) to help prevent opiate overdose deaths in Alabama.   I encourage you to take a few minutes and write your representative to encourage him or her to vote YES to HB208. 

 As I am sure most of you already know, opiate overdoses, including heroin overdoses, have become a public health emergency in Alabama over the last couple of years.  In fact, the number of deaths from heroin overdose doubled in Jefferson County (Alabama’s most populous county) just last year. 

 The lives of thousands of people in the U.S. have been saved by laypersons administering a life-saving medication- it’s called Naloxone(a.k.a., Narcan)

 Here is the first problem:  Access to Naloxone is currently limited in Alabama.    HB208 would make Naloxone available to family members, friends, or other persons, including law enforcement personnel, who may be in a position to assist a person experiencing a suspected opioid overdose. 

 Here is what you need to know about Naloxone:  1) It blocks the opiate receptor sites in the brain and, once administered, it will reverse an opiate overdose; 2) Naloxone is NOT a controlled substance and has NO abuse potential; 3) Naloxone is available in a nasal spray, so any layperson should be able to administer it; 4) While Naloxone does cause sudden unpleasant opiate withdrawal symptoms for those actually suffering an opiate overdose (such as nausea and vomiting), the alternative is often death or serious brain damage; and 4) Naloxone is harmless, with NO negative effects if it is accidently administered to someone NOT experiencing an opiate overdose.

 Here’s the second problem: The vast majority of heroin use is done in the presence of others, but the majority of people who have died in Alabama from heroin overdose are found alone – abandoned out of fear of arrest.  Twenty-one other states have already addressed this problem by amending their laws to provide limited protection for “Good Samaritans” – people who summon aid and remain with the victim until help arrives. 

 HB208 would offer limited immunity for certain controlled substance offenses or underage drinking for persons who seek emergency medical assistance for another person.  If you, or someone you know, has been impacted by the disease of addiction, please consider encouraging your representative to support this bill.  Better still, even if you have never met anyone whose life has been impacted in some way by addiction, I would still ask that you take a few minutes to contact your representative and ask that he or she support this bill.  Just pay it forward.  Thanks.

 If you need help contacting your representative, just go to the website below (and you can send an email).