Summer is upon us and it is the time of year that many people are choosing to spend their free time and weekends heading down to a nearby beach, lake or river. For many residents of California's Imperial, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, the Colorado River is the destination of choice for getting out on the water and relaxing with loved ones. Tragically, every year there are individuals who will never return from that day on the river. Increased river traffic means a seasonal rise in boating and other water-related fatalities.
Children are works in progress. This is particularly true when it comes to their mental development. As parents, we work to ensure that they grow in safe, but still stimulating, environments. We challenge them to try new things while rushing out to be a human safety net when needed.
A Hesperia woman who was on her way to work at Desert Valley Hospital was killed in a head-on crash in the early morning hours of June 1. The 26-year-old woman, who worked as a respiratory intern and was studying to be a nurse, was just half a block from the hospital when another driver headed in the opposite direction on Bear Valley Road reportedly crossed over into her lane and collided with her.
Recently, we discussed the problem of texting among teen drivers. Indeed, using your phone for any purpose while driving can be dangerous. According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Safety, 60 percent of vehicle crashes that involve teens are caused by distracted driving.
One of the worst type of accidents is a rollover. Though relatively rare — rollovers account for only about 3 percent of serious collisions — vehicle rollovers are responsible for approximately 30 percent of passenger vehicle fatalities.