5 Ways To Ensure Your New Year’s Is Safe (12-28-17)

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The week between Christmas and New Year’s is one of the most fun and celebrated times of the year. It is also one of the most dangerous holidays of the year for drivers and passengers. Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, the average number of fatalities involving alcohol-impaired drivers increases by 34 percent in the U.S.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that during Christmas and New Year’s season, nearly 95 million Americans will be on the road traveling to visit family and friends. This elevated number of vehicles combined with an increased number of parties and celebrations often times leads to more impaired drivers on the roadways.

People are much more likely to drive impaired around Jan. 1 than during any other major holiday of the year.  In fact, almost half of all car crashes on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are due to an impaired driver.

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Ban Honking In D.C. (12-27-17)

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I loved the Dec. 21 The World article about the social impact of outlawing honking of car horns in Kathmandu in almost all circumstances [“Nepal’s policy triumph: Quiet in Kathmandu”]. In the D.C. area, perhaps we could take a lesson, implement similar measures and improve civility. The vehicle horn, the rude gestures, the aggressive driving and radical lane changes do not improve the flow of traffic or hasten the trip to one’s destination. But they do insult, enrage and incite equally uncivil reactions.

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Digital Fare Meters Market Estimated to Grow Strongly by 2025

Digital fare meters are electronic devices which are installed in taxicabs and auto rickshaws, which is used to calculate fare on the basis of distance travelled and waiting time. The digital fare meters have ticket receipt printers embedded in them, GPS systems to assist with the location and safety of the travelers. Credit and prepaid card support, Bluetooth support for communication with smartphones and tablets and other electronic devices, USB support. GPS technology has been used in digital taxi meters in order to protect the citizens from overpaying. Initially the digital taxi meters were based on optical transducer but due to the difference in the timer in the measurement controller and the module the reading were inaccurate, and the taxi owners chose longer roots to fake the digital fare meter readings. With the digital meter the customers can get benefits of a printed copy and SMS notifications.

The digital fare meter has three basic functions which are “for hire”, “Hired” and “stopped”. The digital fare meters have built-in real time clock for automatic transitions from day fare to night fare, as the fare prices change from day fare to night fare.

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Uber, Lyft Taking Business Away From Ambulance Companies, Study Says (12-18-17)

More people are jumping in an Uber or Lyft during an emergency, instead of calling an ambulance. A big reason why is the price tag, according to a new study from the University of Kansas.

The study says ride share companies are taking away about 7% of patients. In 766 U.S. cities across the country in 43 states, the study looked at ambulance rates after Uber came into the picture from 2013-2015.

Brian Winckler drives for Uber and Lyft and he recently made a stop at a nearby hospital.

“It was nothing crazy, not bloody or glory but they were definitely sick and I dropped them off at the emergency room,” said Winckler.

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Tips To Avoid A DUI In D.C. (12-15-17)

Who doesn’t love a holiday party or a night out on the town in D.C.? The holidays are a festive time for many people filled with parties and celebrating. Many times celebrations end in too much alcohol consumption by party-goers. Drinking and driving crashes make up nearly one-third of vehicle-related fatalities in the United States. There is an uptick in impaired driving crashes in December each year. In fact, during a five-year period, nearly 4,000 people died in impaired driving crashes during December.

Planning ahead is always a good idea when it comes to going out and celebrating. Make a plan of how you will get home or where you will stay. Be honest with yourself about how much you have had to drink and don’t get in the car with a person who is impaired.

Here are some ways to avoid getting a D.U.I this holiday season.

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