FREE - Multi-language Traffic Safety Videos

* DISTRACTED DRIVING * IMPAIRED DRIVING / SPEEDING *
* SEATBELTS / CHILD SEATS * 

To assist community stakeholders in educating new Americans about important traffic safety issues, AAA has teamed with ECHO to produce a series of three short videos. These videos address nationally recognized best practices in the areas of distracted driving; impaired driving and speeding; and seatbelt and child safety seat use. Each video is produced in English, Spanish, Somali and Hmong. The professional high-quality videos are available on one DVD for law enforcement, community health agencies and other traffic safety organizations.

For copies of the free DVD, send an email with your name, agency and number of copies needed. Also, please provide a brief description of how the videos will be used and the number of people who will be reached. Send email to: Gail.Weinholzer@mn-ia.aaa.com

To view the videos, visit www.EchoMinnesota.org/AAA

 

Des Moines, Cedar Rapids among 15 Safest Cities for Drivers

Iowa’s two biggest cites are among the 15 safest for drivers, according to the annual Allstate Safe Drivers Report.

Cedar Rapids ranks 11th and Des Moines 13th. The report looks at insurance claims data and factors in years between claims.

A driver in Cedar Rapids goes an average of 12.1 years between automotive insurance claims. Des Moines drivers go about 12 years between claims, according to Allstate.

“Cedar Rapids and Des Moines are places that are getting the message,” said Stephanie Howell, Allstate spokeswoman. “People in those cities are slowing down and avoiding distracted driving.”

Fort Collins, Colorado, was the top city for safe driving, with an average of 14.2 years between accident claims. The highest-ranking Midwestern city was Kansas City, Kansas, with an average of 12.9 years between claims.

The Iowa cities both showed improvement in their rankings. Des Moines improved 12 spots from their 25th ranking a year ago. Cedar Rapids gained five spots from a No. 16 ranking in 2013.

New Laws Aim To Improve Safety at Illinois Schools

Three new laws are now on the books in Illinois to improve security measures at public and private schools.

One of the laws would allow the Illinois Emergency Management Agency to hand out funds for updated security measures. That would go to public and private schools as well as vocational centers and public colleges and universities. This measure was sponsored by local state Senator Steve Stadelman. Earlier in 2014, IEMA handed out more than million dollars in grants to school districts in Boone and Winnebago counties to make security upgrades.

Governor Pat Quinn signed the newest measures into law at RESA in Rockford on Saturday afternoon. Another new law requires all private schools to do a yearly safety drill with local police to practice an active shooter scenario. Only public schools had previously been required to do that. A third measure allows a school district to provide emergency response plans to police and fire, teachers and administrators on a smart phone, tablet or computer.

Resource: WIFR 23 News

IISC's Online Video Streaming - Video Highlight

Breathing clean air is what everyone needs to do to stay safe and healthy on the job. But some jobs can expose workers to contaminants that can cause simple irritation or even a serious illness. A respirator is a piece of Personal Protective Equipment like gloves or a hard hat, but they are more complex and require specific training before use. Air purifying respirators can be an effective means to keeping harmful contamination out of worker's lungs, but need to be selected, fitted, used and maintained in a way that assures protection.

This program covers: hazards in the air, health screening, respirator types, and cartridges and filters as well as inspecting, using, and maintaining your respirator.

Respiratory Protection: A Guide to Clean Breathing
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