Multitasking is a Myth: Focus on the Road to Save Lives

Driver inattention is the leading factor in most crashes and near-crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. Distracted driving is a public health issue that affects us all. It is a major contributor to the 40,000 people who were killed on our nation’s roadways last year. However, each death is 100% preventable.

Anything that takes your attention away from driving can be a distraction. Sending a text message, talking on a cell phone, using a navigation system, and eating while driving are a few examples of distracted driving. Any of these distractions, even if done for just one second, can endanger the lives of the driver and others.

Driving is a visual task and non-driving activities that draw the driver’s eyes away from the roadway should always be avoided. As of July 1, 2010, Michigan law prohibits texting while driving. Motorists can be fined between $100-$200 for offenses.

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Window Accident Prevention: How to Keep your Loved Ones Safe in your Home

As temperatures go up, so do windows in many homes. Opening windows in your home to enjoy the warmer temperatures may seem harmless, but open windows have proven to be sources of injury and death for young children. The first week of April was Window Safety Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness about the important role of windows in escaping a fire or other emergency, as well as educating parents and caregivers on how to prevent accidental window falls.

Many people don’t think about the threats windows pose to children, but the risk is very real. See the statistics below according to a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission report:

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Prevent Cybersecurity Breaches | How to Keep your Business Information Secure

Cybersecurity DefinitionMost people see cybersecurity as something that only governments and large corporations need to worry about. For example, recent news stories have been highlighting cyber attacks on major entities such as Equifax and England’s National Health Service. However, businesses of all sizes are at risk of a cyber security breach.

According to the Department of Homeland Security, 40% of cyber attacks target businesses with fewer than 500 employees. In addition, about one in five small and midsize businesses reported a cyber attack over a two-year period.  Computer crime has now bypassed illegal drugs as the country’s #1 criminal money-maker, making it in every business owner’s best interest to safeguard their organization as much as possible.

 

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