With kids heading back to school this week, I came across an interesting video about the risk of injury to children from improper use of backpacks. Several schools have banned the use of backpacks with wheels, so from now on more kids will have to carry their books instead. Orlando chiropractor, Dr. Dan Pavlik, gives some great advice for parents in this video about picking out the right kind of backpack. The doctor also cautions parents not to let their kids carry backpacks that are too heavy because it can lead to back pain and posture problems. Click here for the video.
This issue came to the county’s attention since Orlando began its red-light enforcement program in which cameras at intersections are used for issuing traffic tickets. The new rules will require county workers to pay the fine, and in some cases, to attend a driving safety course in order to maintain employment with the county. The violations will be included in the employee’s personnel records, and repeat offenders will run the risk of suspension or termination. When anyone runs a run red-light, they are putting other motorists at risk for traffic accidents that can lead to injuries or fatalities. But when county-owned vehicles are in car accidents, the costs of those lawsuits are paid by Orange County citizens. Although we must be thankful to county employees for doing the hard work that makes Orange County such a great place to live, the county must do it’s part to make sure it’s employees are driving in a safe manner. Hopefully, this ordinance will help achieve that goal.
Florida is one of those states which doesn’t prohibit texting while driving. With our congested roadways and heavy traffic here in Orlando, drivers must pay attention to other vehicles and keep their eyes on the road to avoid automobile accidents. The Institute recommends that texting and dialing a phone number should always be avoided. “Headset” cell phone use is not necessarily safer than “hand‐held” use because the distraction is created by other cell phone tasks that require your eyes to be off the road, like looking for phone numbers in your contact list or dialing. On the other hand, true hands‐free” phone use, such as voice activated systems, are less risky if the driver doesn’t have to take their eyes off the road. As a new generation of cell phone users who have grown up texting start to reach the driving age, texting while driving could become an epidemic causing more traffic accidents and deaths if the problem is not addressed. For more information about this study, see the Institute’s Press Release.