Halloween costumes are already in the stores and available online. Likely, your kids have already been thinking about how they will dress up to go trick-or-treating.
Distracted driving isn't just a danger to motorists. Researchers believe that it may be a key factor in the increase in pedestrian deaths in recent years here in New Jersey and throughout the country.
As millions of kids prepare to head off (or back) to college in New Jersey and across the country this fall, it's important for parents to talk with them about the dangers that they may face while navigating a busy college town or large city on foot.
Distracted driving is obviously dangerous, but who hasn't texted while walking? It's incredibly common. Researchers warn that it can also be incredibly dangerous.
Everyone has heard about the dangers of using hand-held devices to talk on the phone, text and access social media while driving. However, dangerous distracted driving behaviors, which result in an average of eight fatalities a day and far more injuries, include other activities that too many people are used to doing in their vehicles. These include:
New Jersey state lawmakers have proposed legislation that would allow municipalities and counties to make lower speed limits around schools permanent rather than only during designated times and days. As one assemblyman said, "This gives us an opportunity to protect children and give municipal officials an opportunity to do the right thing for their communities."
According to a study released this month by the Governors Highway Safety Association, pedestrian fatalities have risen by 22 percent in the U.S. during the past two years. The National Safety Council also reported an increase in deaths in pedestrian-vehicle accidents during that same period.
You know that if you've been drinking at a party you shouldn't try to drive home. But what about a sobering walk? Is that any safer?
If you were one of the unlucky Jersey residents who had to drive during the recent blizzard conditions that blanketed the Garden State, you are all too aware of the hazards of winter driving.
Kids are impulsive by nature. They don't have the mental or physical maturity to put the brakes on their exuberance when it is needed most, which can put them at risk of being in harm's way.