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

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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A decade ago, Washington legislators passed one of the earliest state laws regulating drivers' cell phone use. Since then, mobile devices have changed dramatically—and distracted driving has become an even bigger problem. On May 16, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5389: a new, more comprehensive distracted driving law. But he vetoed the section of the bill that put the law into effect on January 1, 2019. Instead,…

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Guess when the first drunk driving law was enacted? Back in 1910.   That was surprising to me. More than 100 years after this problem was identified, over ten thousand people will die in an alcohol-related crash in the U.S. this year. The early laws prohibited driving while intoxicated, but there was no metric, no way to test, and no guidelines to ensure equal enforcement.…

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Just a couple of decades ago, alcohol was a factor in nearly half of all fatal crashes in the U.S.   Since then, social and legal changes have sliced that number in half. That’s a lot of progress. It’s still far too many senseless deaths. We looked at lessons from drunk driving legislation and change in Part 1. Now, I want to know: What can distracted…

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