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July 2014 Archives

Man faces vehicular homicide charges after texting and driving

Millions of Americans find it hard to detach themselves from their cellphones. Many Louisiana residents rely on their cellphones to keep in touch with the world around them. However, people may forget that engaging in cellular activities while driving can lead to a devastating car accident, injuries and death. In Louisiana, lawmakers have made it illegal to text on a cellular device while driving in hopes of decreasing the number of distracted driving car accidents that occur in the state each year.

Baton Rouge DUI accident kills two adults and three children

When people make the decision to operate a vehicle after drinking, they are risking the lives of other motorists on the road. According to Louisiana state law, drivers who have a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.08 percent or higher are considered legally intoxicated. Multiple studies show that drivers with a BAC of 0.08 percent have a delayed response time and may have difficulties in their ability to perceive the distance and speed of moving objects. This can lead to devastating DUI car accidents, injuries and even death.

Parents, talk to your teens about alcohol ads and DUI risk

If you are the parent of a teenager, you have likely witnessed firsthand how teens can be influenced by advertising campaigns and various forms of marketing. If you tell a teen that he or she is being influenced by the commercials, Internet ads, magazine layouts and audio advertising that he or she observes in a day, you may be greeted with an eye roll. But regardless of whether teens understand the effects that advertising has on them, they are affected by these targeted efforts nonetheless.

The most important issue raised by the GM recall scandal: Part II

In our last post, we began to discuss the story of Courtland Kelley. Kelley was a safety inspector for General Motors and had been employed by the company for more than 30 years before he was essentially pushed out of his job for voicing concerns about safety issues affecting numerous models manufactured by the auto giant.

The most important issue raised by the GM recall scandal: Part I

American auto giant General Motors has become the subject of heightened scrutiny in recent months. After it became clear that numerous GM employees were aware of a potentially deadly defect affecting millions of models but did nothing to fix the problem or alert the public, Americans reacted with outrage. To add insult to injury, it has also come to light that certain GM employees were aware of this defect’s existence and potential to inspire fatal car accidents for nearly a decade and did absolutely nothing to address the issue, even after a minimum of 13 deaths were linked to the defect.