It's July and Summer has Officially Begun!
-Danger on the Roadways
School's out and the summer festivities are in full swing and with all the backyard barbecues and days at the beach we need to be extra careful on the roads. The summer season usually offers the best weather and driving conditions of the year – dry roads, excellent visibility, and longer daylight hours. But the seasonal benefits can be negated by other factors. According to the NHTSA, a higher volume of holiday travelers, including a significantly higher number of alcohol-impaired drivers, cause nearly twice the number of automotive deaths during summer months than during the rest of the year combined.
Not only is this a dangerous time for drivers but pedestrians are also at risk. Pedestrian deaths are more likely to occur on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, when nearly half (49%) of all pedestrian fatalities occurred. Alcohol involvement, for driver or pedestrian, was reported in nearly half of all traffic crashes resulting in pedestrian deaths. And in one-third of pedestrian fatalities, the pedestrian was intoxicated. Please be safe this summer, and do not drink and drive.
Episode: Mind Matters - Regional Action Councils
We speak with Tom Steen, Executive Director of one of Connecticut's 13 RACs, public/private partnerships tasked with gathering information and conducting prevention strategies across the state. The proposed 2015 budget threatens their valuable work.
Show: Mind Matters
Mind Matters, hosted by Dr. Helen Evrard, brings you information on issues relating to the brain diseases known as mental illness. Guests discuss holistic or alternative approaches, or may share their own stories of personal healing and achievement.