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Cell Phones and Lip Gloss?

The California Highway Patrol is stepping up enforcement of the keep-your-eyes-on-the-road rules. It’s not (just) a cell phone thing, anymore.

Don’t text this to a friend while driving, okay?

For those of you who would like to see a great movie incorporating this, ah, problem, go out and rent the wonderful 1991 movie, “Defending . . . → Read More: Cell Phones and Lip Gloss?

Safety

Verizon Changes Position: Please Hold the Wheel When Driving

Shortly after we contacted Verizon’s PR guy, Jeffrey Nelson and told him about Verizon’s shocking policy of advocating handsfree driving, the press release was, ah, amended in part.

While Verizon changed the body of its press release to make it clear that they don’t support handsfree driving, they still the same (and now contradictory) headline: . . . → Read More: Verizon Changes Position: Please Hold the Wheel When Driving

Safety

Verizon Urges You to Take Your Hands off the Wheel While Driving?!

In a shocking turn of events, Verizon Wireless is now advocating “hand-free driving.” In fact, according to Verizon Wireless’s Vice President and General Counsel Steven E. Zipperstein, “Since 2000, our record has been clear: we support hands-free driving laws.”

Now, I don’t believe that hand-free driving is a very good idea, and I suspect that . . . → Read More: Verizon Urges You to Take Your Hands off the Wheel While Driving?!

General

Birds Deaths related to Towers: Perspective

The firm of Curry & Kerlinger, LLC (who serve as “consultants to the wind power industry on birds and other wildlife issues”) has an interesting set of stats about the various ways that birds are killed each year:

Deaths annually from (descending ranking):

Glass Windows: 100 to 900+ million Electrical Transmission lines: “up to . . . → Read More: Birds Deaths related to Towers: Perspective

General

Tower Climbing: The Most Deadly Job in the US

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (with additional data from WirelessEstimator.com), the Discovery Channel has it all wrong: The deadliest job in the U.S. isn’t fishing; it’s tower climbing.

As reported in the July 7, 2008 edition of RCR news, the top three deadliest jobs are:

#1 Tower erectors/climbers: 183.6 deaths per 100,000 (18 . . . → Read More: Tower Climbing: The Most Deadly Job in the US