Safety harnesses protect more than just your pet

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Like a lot of dogs, our dog, Bowie, enjoys car rides because he knows they ultimately end up in a trip to the dog park, a visit with family and friends (where he’ll get lots of attention), or an adventure like our city’s annual Running of the Wieners race. Bowie is a mini-dachshund, but his personality is anything but miniature.


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Texting and driving a growing concern

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At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, according to a survey from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That number has held steady since 2010. Meanwhile, a University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute study showed that a quarter of teens respond to text messages once or more every time they drive. Twenty percent of teens and 10 percent of parents admit that they have extended, multi-message text conversations while driving.


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Of cars, choices, consumption and crashes

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December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month, and traffic safety organizations around the country are stepping up advertising to remind citizens of the hazards of drinking and driving. In 2011, a person died every 53 minutes from a motor vehicle crash that involved an alcohol-impaired driver, totaling 9,878 deaths in the United States. These preventable accidents cost each adult in the United States approximately $500 per year for a total of $132 billion, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission.


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Winterize your driving

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Most of us understand the importance of preparing our vehicles for winter ̶  making sure tires are in good shape, wipers are good, brakes properly serviced and snow scraper in the car. We diligently address the mechanics in anticipation of expected winter extremes. But it’s just as important to prepare ourselves for winter driving. We must be ready to adjust our habits to better face the unpredictable challenges that often come with winter driving.


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