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]

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]

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]

Keep kids from open windows as weather turns warmer

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The weather is supposed to turn rainy and a mite colder tomorrow, but, today, it’s still sunny and warm — enough so that you might feel the urge to pop open your windows. However, these open windows pose hazards to children and the Connecticut Department of Public Health is asking that you take steps to […] [Read More]

Survey: More than half of teen drivers talk or text behind the wheel

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A high percentage of the state’s teen drivers talk or text on their phone while behind the wheel, according to the 2011 Connecticut School Health Survey. The results of the survey — administered to more than 6,000  high school and middle school students across the state — were released Thursday by the state Department of […] [Read More]

Local hospitals get mixed results in safety ranking

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Nearly half of the hospitals in the country got a “C” or lower in patient safety, according to ranking system released Wednesday by the independent national non-profit the Leapfrog Group. The group, run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, have established the Hospital Safety Score, which gives hospitals a letter grade based […] [Read More]

State Police’s S.A.N.T.A.S. also know if you’ve been naughty or nice

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The holiday season is officially upon us. And you know what that means — our good friends in the law enforcement community are setting up their holiday efforts to make sure we’re enjoying the season within the safe and legal limit. Here is the press release from the Connecticut State Police on its Operation S.A.N.T.A.S. […] [Read More]