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April is “Distracted Driving Awareness Month;” police gear up to detect and pull over offenders

Distracted driving, the alarming yet growing trend among U.S. drivers, may seem innocent enough to those guilty of perpetuating the problem, but that doesn’t mean police departments aren’t actively working to put it to an end once and for all. That’s why April has been declared “Distracted Driving Awareness Month,” and as a result, more police are putting in the extra effort to catch offenders. “This will cut down on traffic collisions and injuries and deaths,” Sgt. A.M. Pilgreen with the Montgomery Police Department (MPD) in Alabama told reporters with WSFA. “Officers will specifically be looking at texting and driving. ... Read More

Distracted driving puts more than your life in danger; one woman describes her life-changing crash

In May 2013, Quorteshia Johnson’s life changed forever when she was involved in a single-vehicle accident while not wearing a seat belt and texting. “When I looked up, I saw a car, but I put my head back down texting and when I got up on the car, it was like we were head on. I swerved,” Johnson said. After she was ejected from her vehicle into the woods, a passerby spotted Johnson and called for help. Johnson was in the hospital for two months before she could go home. Now, she spends three days a week in physical therapy; ... Read More

Mother hopes to raise heatstroke awareness after condition claims her son’s life

Following the death of her son, a mother has come forward to warn the public about the dangers of working outdoors in extreme heat. Her son is one of two men in their 20s last week who suffered heatstroke symptoms and passed away in Limestone County, Ala. Casey Gilbert, Stephanie Anderson’s 27-year-old son, had been working in the hot outdoors last Wednesday and exhibiting early symptoms of a heatstroke. Despite being rushed to the hospital, Casey later died as a result of the high temperatures. Although it has been an incredibly difficult time for his mother in the aftermath of ... Read More

Deck collapse involving 24 family members leads to the creation of deck safety video

In hopes of preventing future deck disasters, a family that recently survived an upper deck collapse has come forward to tell their story and promote importance of deck safety. “My life flashed before my eyes,” one of the 24 family members said about falling more than one story to the ground right before Christmas in southern Indiana. Even 8-year-old Ainsley described the incident to reporters, “Everybody was sitting down, and Brittany was about to take the picture, and boom.” The incident took place at a local clubhouse, which captured the deck collapse on security camera footage. The homeowners association responsible ... Read More

Tractor trailer crashes into disabled vehicle, resulting in two deaths and two injured

Late Saturday evening, Alabama State Troopers reported a crash on Interstate 65, resulting in the death of two victims who have been recently identified by the police. Their vehicle, notably labeled disabled, was struck by a tractor-trailer truck. Prattville, Ala., resident, 27-year-old Kimberly Livingston, and an Autaugaville, Ala., resident, identified as 22-year-old Marquita Speer, were killed in the crash. The crash is believed to have taken place in the northbound lanes of I-65, close to mile marker 189, at around 11 p.m. near the Pine Level exit in Autauga County. Two other pedestrians, attempting to assist the disabled Ford LTD, ... Read More

Victims of fatal industrial accident in Montgomery County identified by ALDOT

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The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has identified two men who died Jan. 8 at a construction site in Montgomery County, Ala. The bridge construction site is part of the multi-million dollar Montgomery Outer Loop project. It now serves as the scene of an ongoing investigation into the industrial accident that killed the two construction workers. The victims, recently identified as 63-year-old David Lee White of Montgomery and 53-year-old Lomax Phillips of Birmingham, were believed to have been operating the man-lift when a bracket failure caused the lift to detach from the side of the bridge, tumbling the two workers and ... Read More

L’Oreal under attack after Garnier hair product exposes consumers to fire hazards due to flammability

Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Anti Frizz Serum is now under attack after several incidents were reported concerning the flammability of the product, posing substantial burn risks to the consumer’s face, head and neck. L’Oreal, the hair product’s parent company, has certain customers complaining they were not properly warned that the main ingredients of the product, cyclopentasiloxane and dimethiconol, contain an ignition point of only 171 degrees Fahrenheit – a considerably lower degree point than hair flat irons on the market today. A class action lawsuit against L’Oreal was filed in Los Angeles in June of 2011, saying: “L’Oreal placed ... Read More