A scene from “It Was Me” featuring Kristen Sewell, of Shelton. The video was one of three PSAs on safe driving produced by Valley teens that will will air on the Consumer Reports’ website during the high school prom season to teach teenagers about the dangers of drunk and distracted driving, especially driving while texting.

Safe driving PSAs by Valley teens to air on Consumer Reports site

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High school students from Shelton, Ansonia, Oxford and Derby helped write, direct and produce three public service announcements on safe teen driving that were selected to appear on the Consumer Reports’ website. The PSAs recently premiered at an event at Griffin Hospital as part of Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley and Griffin Hospital’s Community Outreach […] [Read More]
Pedal carts, seen here at a recent Children’s Health and Safety Fair, are used to teach teens about distracted and drunk driving and younger children about pedestrian safety.

Parish nurses get grant for teen driving program

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The Valley United Way is helping Griffin Hospital’s Valley Parish Nurse Program and Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley “drive” home the dangers of distracted driving to teenagers. The Valley United Way’s Special Needs Grants Program recently awarded Safe Kids and VPN $2,000 to purchase an additional pedal cart and key chains for their Teen Safe […] [Read More]

St. Vincent’s reports ‘multiple motor vehicle crashes’

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Emergency personnel at St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport are reporting multiple motor vehicle crashes due to this morning’s snowy weather and slippery road conditions. At least two of the accidents elicited trauma activations, and there is at least one patient in serious condition due to one of the accidents, according to hospital staff. Further […] [Read More]
In this Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, file photo, a driver uses an iPhone while driving in Los Angeles.

Study: Drivers engage in other tasks about 10 percent of the time

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We all know the importance of paying attention while we drive, particularly when the weather is as bad as it’s expected to get in the next 24 hours. But, according to researchers from the National Institutes of Health and Virginia Tech, many still haven’t gotten the message about the dangers of distracted driving. According to […] [Read More]

Beware carbon monoxide poisoning as temperatures drop

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With snow possible tomorrow and temperatures expected to drop to the 20s, most state residents will likely switch on the heat in the next 24 hours — if they haven’t already. But with an increased need for heating systems comes an increased risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is an invisible, odorless gas that […] [Read More]

Earlier darkness mean danger for drivers

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Sure hope you remembered to turn your clocks back an hour this weekend, as we returned to standard time from daylight savings time. Though this time change gave us all a little extra sleepy time Sunday morning, it also means that darkness will fall early today — at 4:41p.m., just in time for commuter rush […] [Read More]

It’s scary out there! More tips for Halloween safety

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You might have seen the story in today’s Health and Fitness section about how you can prevent a tragic pedestrian accident on Halloween. With the spooky holiday just a day away, here are some more tips from SafeKids USA for how drivers can help make it a safe night for the kiddos. Slow down and […] [Read More]

Stay fire-free this Halloween

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It’s the time of the year for festive costumes, endless candy, spooky jack-o-lanterns, and creepy decorations. The National Fire Protection Association is reminding everyone to take a few simple precautions to keep Halloween safe and enjoyable. Though candles — a Halloween staple — can create a spooky atmosphere, they’re also dangerous. Between 2006 and 2010, […] [Read More]

Walk to School in Ansonia

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Safe Kids Greater Naugatuck Valley and Griffin Hospital will join students at Prendergast School in Ansonia and FedEx volunteers on Wednesday, Oct. 9 to raise awareness about pedestrian safety on International Walk to School Day. More than 250,000 children across the United States will participate in the annual event to learn about walking safely and […] [Read More]

State recognized for response to public health emergencies

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Connecticut’s five Emergency Planning and Preparedness Regions have been nationally  recognized  for their ability to respond to public health emergencies. The five regions, comprising all of the state’s local health departments and health districts, were recognized by the Project Public Health Ready, a a criteria-based public health preparedness program that assesses local health department capacity […] [Read More]