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March 2015 Archives

New Movie Takes On The Topic Of Bullying

A new movie coming out this weekend takes on the topic of bullying. The movie is a fictional tale about a 16-year-old girl and the abuse she experiences at the hands of a classmate. Bullying has been a hot topic for some time now. It has received more attention from popular culture, parents, educators and administrators than perhaps ever before.

Distracted Driving And Teens Behind The Wheel

Perspective and wisdom are in short supply all over. Shortsighted behavior is not restricted to one age group. There are, however, things that seem like they could only be connected with teenagers. A recent study revealed the positive news that teens are showing a greater awareness of the dangers of texting while driving. It also revealed that teens are engaging in activities such as changing clothes, doing homework and putting in contact lenses while driving. It might be a case of not being able to see the forest for the trees.

On The Lookout For Drowsy Drivers

Have you ever seen a car wandering out of its lane and wondered just what the driver was doing? It's not hard to find drivers who are having trouble keeping their vehicles in one lane. The culprit may be alcohol, a cell phone call or text, the difficulty getting creamer into his coffee, or a thousand other issues. One of the possible causes is both common and difficult to detect-drowsiness. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drowsy driving is responsible for between 2.2 and 2.6 percent of fatal crashes. Drowsy driving is also the subject of a new crackdown announced by the NHTSA this week.

Stay Safe On St. Patrick's Day

Do you have big plans for March 17 this year? Are you planning on hitting the bars or going to a party? Do you plan to drink green beer or maybe something stronger? While St. Patrick's Day does not have to involve alcohol, in the United States the holiday is often celebrated by drinking. The Department of Transportation has issued a reminder for drivers that St. Patrick's Day is a prime time for drinking and driving accidents. Drivers are advised to plan ahead to avoid being involved in an accident.

The Benefits Of A Self-Driving Car

There are many ways in which society could benefit if self-driving automobiles ever become a reality. Some of them are dependent on usage. The vast majority of the cars in the United States go unused most of the time. While estimates vary, a car generally spends 95 percent of its life parked (and therefore unused). Some people think that driverless cars will change people's opinions about mass private ownership of cars. While increased efficiency is certainly possible, it seems naïve to expect that people will suddenly be willing to forgo owning a car just because it will be driving itself.

New Jersey Businesses Fighting Paid Sick Leave Law

A referendum that appeared on the ballot in Trenton last November passed overwhelmingly. The measure required employers in Trenton to provide paid sick days to their employees. Voters supported the referendum 5,308 to 881. With the law set to take effect today, a coalition of businesses and corporate lobby groups have filed a lawsuit claiming the law violates the Constitution and New Jersey law. Trenton was to become the 8th municipality in New Jersey to have a mandatory paid sick leave policy, joining East Orange, Jersey City, Irvington, Montclair, Newark, Passaic and Paterson.

Road Conditions And Car Accidents

Who designed this road? It's a question many of us have asked as we sat in traffic on a road that always seems to be overcrowded. Some roads seem like more potholes than road. Others have spots that are notorious for being the site of car crashes. The design and maintenance of our roads have a substantial impact on drivers. According to a recent report by TRIP, a nonprofit organization focusing on surface transportation issues, New Jersey drivers lose $2,000 per year to substandard roads and bridges.

"Sooner or later, everything old is new again." - Stephen King, The Colorado Kid

For employees here in New Jersey, it is time to fire up your time machines because workers' rights are under attack. Just like bellbottom jeans once swung back around into style, discrimination against and silencing workers is back on the rise. Of course, it was to be expected that such an attack would come from corporate America, insurance companies and the conservative right wing. But now, those attacks are coming directly from the judiciary where new requirements are being read into laws that never existed when they were passed by the legislator.

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