With schools throughout the nation starting for the year after a summer with a more relaxed schedule, many high school students have to change their sleep schedule to wake up early enough to make it to school on time. In recent years there has been much discussion revolving around just how early that should be. The American Academy of Pediatrics recently weighed in on the topic. It does not think that any high school should start before 8:30 a.m.
As senseless as they are, accidents due to drunk driving are all too common an occurrence in the state of Wisconsin. While on some occasions these accidents are single vehicle incidents where only the intoxicated driver is hurt, other times, pedestrians or occupants of other vehicles may be seriously injured or even killed. This situation can leave those impacted unsure of where to turn.
There is no question that most people would say that children are one of the greatest treasures in life. Accordingly, parents and caretakers go out of their way to make sure they are kept safe on a regular basis. Because it is impossible for a parent or caretaker to be with a child all of the time there are situations where one has to hope that either others will look out for their child or the lessons passed along to a child will stick. One of the situations where that could arise is when children are crossing the street.
As summer activities begin to wind down and kids prepare to head back to school, it is a good time to reflect on certain things that transpired this summer such as the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents in the state of Wisconsin. So far, the news is good.
Anywhere a car is being operated there is the possibility that it could be involved in an accident. Sometimes those accidents involved other vehicles. In other situations however a vehicle might strike a pedestrian. In this type of accident there is a great risk that the person struck will suffer serious injuries. Sometimes those injuries will be so serious that they will lead to death.
From time to time different entities take action to try to reduce the number of car accidents that occur on our nation's roads. Though those campaigns are often locally based, this past weekend a national group took action. The International Association of the Chiefs of Police sponsored a challenge that is focused specifically on Interstates 90 and 94 which run from coast to coast. Called the I-90/94 Challenge, the point of the four day long safety campaign was to reduce the number of deaths and injuries due to traffic accidents.
Last week we wrote about recommendations from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety regarding the types of cars teen drivers should have to be safest on the roads. One of the characteristics mentioned in that post is the size of the car. When it comes to teen drivers, the bigger and heavier the vehicle, the better. As it turns out, this appears to be the case with other drivers as well.