“Knowledge which is divorced from justice may be called cunning rather than wisdom.”
- Cicero

Since the original post was published on 10/28/16, Washington legislators proposed a change to the state's distracted driving law. As the police officers in the study said, the old laws were hard to enforce. They suggested all forms of electronic distraction should be prohibited. On Sunday, July 23, a new distracted driving law goes into effect that attempts to do just that: no handheld electronic device use behind the…

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The most effective way to stop drivers from texting might be the threat of criminal charges.   As of July 2017, texting while driving is illegal in 46 states. (Text messages are not the sole culprit—there are dozens of possible distractions on your smartphone—but only 14 states ban all hand-held devices for drivers.) You don't need statistics to know that drivers are constantly breaking this…

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Since Washington state approved recreational use of marijuana, we have watched to see how it would affect drivers and road safety. A study completed by the Highway Loss Data Institute found an uptick in car collision claims in Colorado, Oregon and Washington since the decriminalization of marijuana. Read the HLDI Study bulletin: Recreational marijuana and collision claim frequencies.    Increase in car crash claims from 2012-2016:  Colorado: 13.9% Washington: 6.2% Oregon:…

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Fireworks (and burn injuries) Fireworks caused 242 injuries—including 23 amputations—in 2016, according to the report from the Washington State Fire Marshal. Here's a list of all of the public fireworks displays in Washington this week (PDF). But, if you are setting off fireworks this week, it is your responsibility to keep people safe. Your ignition area should be clear of trees and branches, and point…

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Did you think about water this morning? You drank a glass of water, and used a clean, safe toilet. You washed your hands. You made coffee, and started the dishwasher. You worked out, and tossed your gym clothes in the washing machine. You had a hot shower. It's easy to forget that nearly a billion humans don't have regular access to clean water and sanitation. The lack of…

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