January 30, 2018 , Distracted Driving

No matter what age the driver, distraction is the biggest danger

Bellingham appeals to folks of all ages who love its laid back pace and natural beauty. Lately, it's become well known by people who are looking for a place to spend their Golden Years. In fact, just a few years ago, Forbes magazine announced Belling...
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September 28, 2017 , Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving: what we say and what we do

Whatcom County has a Task Force working on how to decrease traffic fatalities down to zero. Its manager is Doug Dahl, keeper of the blog The Wise Drive. Check it out for great content that's relevant and funny in all things traffic safety. A recent p...
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August 18, 2017 , Children's Safety , Distracted Driving , Pedestrian Injury

Distracted walking endangers Bellingham kids returning to school

Ah, the end of summer nears. Next week, Bellingham School District welcomes a new school year, and with it the return of school supplies, carpools, and heavy backpacks.  About twenty years ago, the age group most at risk for being hit by a ca...
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August 10, 2017 , Distracted Driving

Washington distracted driving law is in effect

As of July 23, 2017, Washington's updated distracted driving law is in effect. I love the name, and feel it's an accurate summary of what's really going on when drivers are distracted: Driving Under the Influence of Electronics (E-DUI). Cell phones a...
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July 27, 2017 , Children's Safety , Distracted Driving

Are teenagers addicted to their phones? Half of them say yes they are.

This devastating fact came out of a poll conducted in 2016 that asked teenagers themselves if they thought they were addicted to their phones. 50% of them said yes, and 59% of parents said they had a teen they considered a cell phone addict. The exac...
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July 20, 2017 , Distracted Driving

Graphic Content: Distracted Driving PSAs

As a personal injury lawyer, I help a lot of our friends and neighbors in Bellingham and Whatcom County after they've been hurt in a car accident. Since four out of five drivers admit to using their phone while driving, and checking a text is akin to...
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April 21, 2017 , Distracted Driving

New distracted law approved by Washington State lawmakers

State lawmakers approved stricter distracted driving definitions and penalties for all Washington State drivers. No more loopholes for social media usage, selfies, snapchats, or playing Asphalt-Extreme while behind the wheel. If you're caught using y...
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April 7, 2017 , Distracted Driving

What can you do about Distracted Driving?

It feels like an insurmountable problem. I can't tell you how many times I'm at a light and look over to see someone on their phone, or eating, or turned around to care take the kids in the back. Not to mention the driver I saw on I-5 just outside Be...
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April 4, 2017 , Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving emphasis patrols operating now

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. To celebrate, Washington State Patrol is conducting "emphasis patrols" targeting this behavior on Washington roads. If you're traveling on highways that cross Bellingham, and that is pretty much all of us,...
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March 22, 2017 , Distracted Driving

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month – Sign the Pledge!

If you're short on time, click here to sign the pledge: Distracted Driving Awareness Month Pledge. If you're not already convinced, read on: People do enough things that cause accidents without adding cell phone distractions to the list of neglige...
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