Blog Posts in July, 2008

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  • Government to Revamp Vehicle Safety Tests

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 22-Jul-2008

    As reported by the Washington Post, the U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced the first major update to its vehicle safety ratings (which grade vehicles on scale of up to five stars) in seven years. The new program will continue to assess passenger cars, pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles, and vans on the five star scale, but will add an overall safety rating that combines the ...
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  • Beef Recall Highlights Weaknesses in Reporting System

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 21-Jul-2008

    The recent beef recall because of possible contamination with E. coli highlights weaknesses in a recall system that often experiences delays in informing consumers. The significance of this recall is emphasized when considered in conjunction with the separate salmonella outbreak sickening nearly 900 people. As a result, the standards of our food safety system has been called into question. An ...
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  • “Deny, Delay, Defend” Strategy Prevalent Among Ten Worst Insurance Companies: Comprehensive Investigation Reveals Tactics Against Consumers

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 11-Jul-2008

    American Association for Justice (AAJ) recently released a comprehensive research report, "The Ten Worst Insurance Companies in America: How They Raise Premiums, Deny Claims, and Refuse Insurance to Those Who Need It Most." The top ten list includes Allstate, UNUM, AIG, State Farm, Conseco, WellPoint, Farmers, UnitedHealth, Torchmark, and Liberty Mutual. AAJ’s summary report is ...
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  • Free Alcohol For Teens? Almost Half of Teen Drinkers Receive Free Alcohol from Adults: New Study

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 5-Jul-2008

    More than half of American teens report consuming alcohol, and more than 40% of those underage drinkers say they often get their alcohol free from an adult. One in four report receiving free alcohol from an unrelated adult, one in 16 report receiving it from a parent or guardian, and one in 12 say they have received it from a family member. The findings are the result of research recently ...
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  • Tips for a Safer Barefoot Summer

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 4-Jul-2008

    The opportunity to go barefoot may be one of the greatest conveniences of summer, but without socks and shoes, your feet are exposed to a number of potentially serious personal injuries. Before you head outdoors without your footwear this season, take a moment to familiarize yourself with these foot safety considerations from the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS). "Tip : See ...
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  • Fireworks More Dangerous for Children Than Adults

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 3-Jul-2008

    A 2006 study conducted by the Center for Injury Research and Policy (CIRP) found children are injured more frequently by fireworks compared to the general population. Nationwide Children’s Hospital reported fireworks injuries ranged from minor burns and corneal abrasions to severe burns, vision and hearing loss and even death. Members of the Alliance to Stop Consumer Fireworks caution ...
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  • Dozens of New Laws in Virginia; Including Tougher Penalties for Teens Who Drink and Drive

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 2-Jul-2008

    As of July 1, 2008, some of Virginia’s incomprehensible laws will no longer be on the books. For example, restaurants in Virginia can now serve sangria (a mixture of red wine, fruit, triple sec and brandy), as legislators as have disposed of a law that prohibits restaurants from serving drinks that mix wine or beer with liquor. Legislators have also done away with the "marriage ...
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  • Holiday Travel: Safety First for the Fourth

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 1-Jul-2008

    Despite the high gas prices this year, many are planning to drive out of town for the holiday weekend. However, with driving come the risks of drunk driving, unrested drivers, and other dangerous road conditions. To help reduce these risks, the National Highway Traffic Safety Association ( NHTSA ) has issued a " July 4th Planner 2008." The NHTSA Planner is comprised of two sets of ...
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