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Graphic Texting Video

February 11, 2013By 0 Comments

These girls were texting and driving. Do NOT text and drive. This could be you. It’d be great if we could get everyone to agree to stop texting & driving.

Be aware that this is a graphic video of a car crash. There is blood in this video. Please don’t watch if you’re squeamish.

*WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING?

Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:

Texting

  • Using a cell phone or smartphone
  • Eating and drinking
  • Talking to passengers
  • Grooming
  • Reading, including maps
  • Using a navigation system
  • Watching a video
  • Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction.

The best way to end distracted driving is to educate all Americans about the danger it poses. On this page, you’ll find facts and statistics that are powerfully persuasive. If you don’t already think distracted driving is a safety problem, please take a moment to learn more. And, as with everything on Distraction.gov, please share these facts with others. Together, we can help save lives.

 

Key Facts and Statistics

  • In 2011, 3,331 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 3,267 in 2010. An additional, 387,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, compared to 416,000 injured in 2010.
  • 18% of injury crashes in 2010 were reported as distraction-affected crashes.
  • In the month of June 2011, more than 196 billion text messages were sent or received in the US, up nearly 50% from June 2009. (CTIA)
  • 11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.
  • 40% of all American teens say they have been in a car when the driver used a cell phone in a way that put people in danger. (Pew)
  • Drivers who use hand-held devices are 4 times more likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Monash University)
  • Text messaging creates a crash risk 23 times worse than driving while not distracted. (VTTI)
  • Sending or receiving a text takes a driver’s eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind. (VTTI)
  • Headset cell phone use is not substantially safer than hand-held use. (VTTI)
  • Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37%. (Carnegie Mellon)

 *Stop texting & driving

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Accident Road Kit

November 19, 2012By 0 Comments

Put everything in this accident road kit in a waterproof plastic container:

  • Cell Phone (Charged)
  • Disposable Camera (Cell Phone might not work)
  • Emergency Flares
  • Triangle Orange Reflector Cones (For Night Time Visibility)
  • Pen & PaPer
  • Medical Info Card
  • Emergency Numbers (Contact names of Relatives)
  • First Aid Kit
  • Mylar Blankets
  • Gallon of Water (Sealed)
  • Protein/Granola Bars
  • Toilet Paper
  • Jumper Cables
  • Duct Tape
  • Can of Fix-A-Flat
  • Flashlight (Prefer Hand-Cranked)
  • Swiss Army Knife

 

We think that we’ll never be in an emergency situation.  You can never be too prepared.You should have the basic essentials such as water, food, and warmth. You can save money by putting your own accident road kit together. If you decide to buy a prepackaged kit – then you should add things that will keep you warm, dry, fed and hydrated.

 

The only thing I know how to do for my car is how to put gas in it.  So, I also have a membership in an Auto Club & that’s absolutely essential for idiots like me that know nothing about cars. You never know when something’s going to happen to your car – no matter how well you maintain it or how new the car is.

 

Vehicle breakdowns do happen and they don’t always strike in a busy street. Sometimes we get into an accident or our car breaks down on a dark night – with no cell phone coverage. We have a lot of open land in Texas and we can’t always get a cell phone connection. If we can’t get a cell phone connection, that means no tow truck. Or no other help.

 

Take time to get familiar with the items you’ve collected in your accident road kit.  Make sure you know how to use everything. Remember that the most important thing is to use your good judgement. If you have a tire blowout, don’t stop in the high-speed lane to change it.  If possible, veer to the right side of the road. Use your reflective road triangles even if it’s the middle of the day.

If we have a roadside emergency and accident kit, it can ease the pain and reduce the hassle of such breakdowns.

 

 

ROAD WARRIOR MOUNTAIN (21 PIECE) AUTOMOTIVE EMERGENCY SURVIVAL 72 HOUR KIT – FOR CARS AND TRUCKS

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Top 10 Things To Do After a Car Accident

October 30, 2012By 0 Comments

Stay Calm & Stay in the Car (if Possible)   

Here are the top 10 things to do after a car accident.  The air bag will mostly likely go off – which is a good thing. So, prepare yourself for the ‘airbag gasses’. They are very unpleasant.

Air bags definitely save body parts from damage. They also release an unpleasant gas that sort of makes you choke.

The experts say to stay in the car and call 911 (or the equivalent if you’re outside of the United States). That may or may not be good advice – so, you should make a judgement call when you have an accident.

For instance, if you’re in the middle of an intersection and can safely get out of harm’s way – then do it.  If you’re able to drive the car – then try to get it out of the road.  If, after the accident, you’re on the side of the road with no one around – then just stay in the car and wait for help.

 

2. Report the Car Accident

Call 911 as soon as you find your cell phone. Stay at the scene of the accident until the police arrive and you’ve told them your description of what happened. The emergency help might not be able to get there as quickly as you want them to. Don’t believe what you see on television or the movies – when the ambulance gets there immediately.

 

Your injuries might not be apparent right after the accident. Call for an ambulance right away if you think you or your passengers need it. Many injuries will start off as minor pains (like whiplash) which if not taken care of properly could get worse over a few short days. Besides, getting a doctor to document EVERYTHING sooner can only help any insurance claims you need to make later.

 

3. Exchange Insurance details with other driver(s)

Always exchange driver details (after an accident) and take some accident notes. Write down the following details:

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. Phone Numbers
  4. Driver License
  5. License Plate Number
  6. Insurance Company Name & Policy Number

It’s possible that the driver of the car will be different than the name of the insured on the accident vehicle. They could also be borrowing someone else’s car. Take down the details for each of the drivers and the car owner. Also write down a description of the truck, including: make, model, and color.

 

4. Locate Any Witnesses

Hopefully someone else saw the accident. Try to get their name and number just in case you need a witness. They might not volunteer – so, you should ask.

 

5. Don’t Admit Fault

It’s easy to be upset when you’ve been run into (or when you crash into someone else). Don’t yell at them and say that it’s their fault, even if it is. Don’t admit to it even if you think it’s your fault. It might not be your fault.

Let the authorities do their jobs and use their tools to come to a conclusion. You don’t want to admit to something – as – you could just be in a state of shock or sadness. Or even hurt badly.

Don’t sign any documents – unless it’s for the police or your insurance agent.

6. Don’t Share Injury Concerns

If someone asks, “How are you doing?” keep a low profile by saying, “I’m shaken up”. The truth of the matter is you don’t know what is or isn’t wrong with you at this early stage. Besides, you don’t want to make statements while in shock and later have to refute them after seeking the advice of a medical professional.

 

7. Know What Your Car Insurance and Health Insurance Covers

Knowing your car and health insurance details could save you a lot of grief when dealing with a car accident scenario. It’s always better to know BEFORE an accident that you’re fully covered for ambulance trips, tow trucks, or rental cars.

Check your policies for specifics and get extra coverage today for those essentials you’ll need covered if you’re injured or your car cannot make the drive home.

 

8. Photograph and Document the Accident

Use your cell phone to take pictures. Take photographs of the damage to your car, the other driver’s car, and the entire accident scene to give perspective of the event. Take wide shots of tire skid markings to show vehicle travel paths. Photographs showing the entire accident can help you make your case to claims adjusters if there is a dispute.

If you require the services of an attorney, he or she won’t be able to help you without enough knowledge of the accident. Pictures will serve to prove what happened.

 

9. Report Accident To Your Insurance Company

As soon as your stomach has settled and you’ve gone to the doctor to get checked over, call your insurance company to report the accident – even if the damage seems minor or the other driver wants to settle without making an insurance claim. Seemingly small fender-bender car accidents can reveal major damage later on – like a bent car frame – so get your insurance company in the know sooner or you might be without coverage when you really need it.

 

10. Call Your Lawyer

While your car is sitting on the side of the road, take that time to call your lawyer. Ask the lawyer exactly what should you do before the car gets towed. If you get your legal beagle in the know sooner – than that might help you get the most from an insurance claim and help you see things more clearly later on.

Remember to remove your belongings from your car before it’s towed. Rescue any driving gadgets, insurance papers, repair reports, receipts, purse, wallet, school books, computers or music before leaving your keys with the tow operator.

Remember that vehicles are just stuff. People are priceless. Try the best you can to be thankful for what you have today, not for what you lost. Be sure to thank a higher power for your teeth and your toes.

In the next blog – I’ll discuss how to prepare an Emergency Road Kit.

 

In case of an Accident –

Call Odessa Law Practice @

432-301-9252

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Do I Have To Stop Car If I Have An Accident?

October 9, 2012By 6 Comments

Do I have to stop the car if I have an accident?  Hit and run penalties are severe. So if you don’t stop the car when you have an accident, you could be fined, sent to jail or both. This depends on the extent of the damage and/or injuries. You also could lose your driver’s license.

The law says you must stop your car if you have an accident, whether the accident involves a pedestrian, a moving car, a parked car or someone’s property.

If you drive away, you can be charged with hit and run even if the accident was not your fault. You must also exchange information with the other driver. You need to give them your name and driver’s license number, the vehicle identification number of the car you are driving, the name and address of the car’s owner, the name and address of your insurance company and your insurance policy number (or other evidence of financial responsibility, such as a bond posted with the Department of Motor Vehicles).

If you hit a parked car or other property, try to find the owner or driver. If you cannot, the law says you may drive away only after you leave behind, in a conspicuous place, your name, address and an explanation of the accident, and the name and address of your car’s owner (if other than yourself). You also must notify the local police either by telephone or in person as soon as possible.

You need to call the police if the accident caused a death or injury. An officer who comes to the scene of the accident will conduct an investigation. If an officer doesn’t show up, you must make a written report on a form available at the police department or office as soon as possible.

Do not volunteer any information about who was to blame for the accident. You may think you are in the wrong and then learn that the other driver is as much or more to blame than you are. You should first talk to your insurance agent, your lawyer or both.

Anything you say to the police or the other driver can be used against you later.
Don’t agree to pay for damages or sign any paper except a traffic ticket until you check with your insurance company or lawyer.

Be sure to cooperate with the police officer investigating the case. But, stick to the facts. For instance, if you were driving 30 miles an hour, say so. Don’t say, “I wasn’t speeding.” Say “I was only driving 30 miles an hour”.

Feel free to contact us for any questions at: 432-301-9252


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Rapper Tweets YOLO Before Crashing

September 16, 2012By 5 Comments

“A promising young rapper tweets YOLO before crashing  and killing five  people.  He used his Twitter account to boast about speeding and drink driving – even tweeting ‘YOLO’ (the acronym for You Only Live Once) – moments before crashing the car when it hit a wall in Ontario, California.  It killed  everyone inside.

Ervin McKinness, 21, was one of five men all in their early twenties killed in the suburban crash just after 1am over Labor Day weekend.”

This just happened a few days ago – these guys were idiots.  Why would anyone think that driving a car (while tweeting & lord knows what else), could be cool?  It’ s not cool.

“A Twitter account linked to the Southern California rapper, known as ‘Inkyy’ and ‘Jew’elz’, contained a tweet at 1.19am on September 2 that read: ‘Drunk af going 120 drifting corners #F***It. YOLO.’

 

The final tweet was one minute later, reading: ‘Driving tweeting sipping the cup f*** yolo I’m turning it up.’

 

The 2005 Nissan Sentra allegedly ran a red light, lost control and slammed into a wall before coming to rest in the backyard of a home.

Four of the five passengers died at the scene with the fifth pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

The four other passengers have been identified as Marquell Bogan, 23, Dylan George, 20, Jonathan Watson, 21, and JaJuan Bennett, 23.

The tweets have become part of an investigation by police.

‘They’re certainly looking at that because it will be a vital part of the investigation, but it’s too early to give an opinion as to whether [drunken driving] was a cause or contributed to the crash,’ Ontario police Sgt. David McBride told the SB Sun.

Since the crash his sister has taken over his Twitter page, according to Twitter user CENNAZAVEH3AVY, defending her brother as having been a passenger and not the driver that night.

That resulting activity by his Twitter account, ink2flashyy, originally sparked debate on whether police and local news reports had named the wrong Twitter user.
According to McKinness’ friends he was an up and coming rapper having been either recently signed or in the process by a major label.

A YouTube music video for his single titled Dreams has racked up more than 23,000 views since its upload on April of this year.

YOLO was made popular by the Canadian rapper Drake in his hit “The Motto”.”

 

What a tradgedy. And – he had a ‘Dream’ like Martin Luther King.

What Do You Do If Injured in an Auto Accidents?

 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2202399/Ervin-McKinness-Rapper-Inkyy-Jewelz-tweets-YOLO-moments-dying-fiery-DUI-crash.html#ixzz26cZjJchR

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FREE: New Phone App For Car Accidents

September 8, 2012By 7 Comments

Accidents Car accidents happen every day, but a survey from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners showed many Americans don’t know exactly what to do after an accident. Now there’s a smartphone app that walks you through the crucial steps to take if you’re in a car accident.

It’s called the “Wreck Check App”.

The WreckCheck mobile application, available to download for free for iPhone and Android users, helps remove the guesswork.  I put it on my cell phone & filled out the data too.  I want to have everything there to help me in case I get into an accident.

While drivers need to share information, the survey revealed consumers aren’t sure about exactly how much personal information to exchange. Consumers generally need only share their names and car insurance information. It’s unnecessary and could be risky to share additional information like driver’s license numbers and home addresses.

The WreckCheck App – available on your IPhone from Apple; or on your Android Phone from Google – walks you through the step-by-step process of creating you own accident report. It also provides tips for staying calm, safe and smart on the road, and makes it easy to capture accident photos and collect the necessary information to file an insurance claim. Additionally, the app lets you email a completed accident report directly to yourself and your insurance agent.

Click here to download the FREE Car Accident APP.

 

 

 

 

 


Have you been physically injured as a result of someone’s negligence?

If so, you might have the right to compensation. Knowing your rights, understanding the personal injury laws, and getting the right compensation can be tricky. Not knowing if you have a personal injury claim can be confusing and every case is different, but you can speak with a local attorney about your case and your rights to compensation.

Being injured, physically or emotionally can be a tough time, with medical bills mounting up, taking time off work, and dealing with getting better can be a burden and a financial strain. Connecting with a local personal injury attorney and getting your questions answered could make this time a lot easier. There are many types of personal injuries that can happen when you are harmed by someone else.

If you’ve been injured, or are suffering from a personal injury, a local attorney may be able to help answer your questions and help you get the compensation you deserve.
A personal injury attorney can explain some compensable damages you may be eligible to receive.

Working with a personal injury lawyer can allow you to focus on getting better while they handle your claim and deal with the insurance companies on your behalf.

Call us at: 432-301-9252 and connect with a local personal injury attorney to learn your rights and learn more about your personal injury options.

 

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How Can a Lawyer Can Help You in an Accident?

Accidents How can a lawyer can help you in an accident?  Let’s say the victim caused an event that happened because they forgot to do something.  But they didn’t do it on purpose.  Accidents happen every day. It’s defined as an event that occurs by reason of an act or omission of a person but without the element of voluntariness, or it happens by pure chance.

 

We see the results of unexpected events every day here at Odessa Law Practice because accidents happen every day.  Almost every person has caused one or two (most likely more) and it is usually not a big deal. However when an accident causes substantial injury, damage to property or death, then it becomes a big deal. This article will discuss accidents in general and how a lawyer can help you help yourself prior to, during, and after an accident.

Accidents

Who or What Caused the Accident?

This cause can be segregated into a root cause (main cause) and subsequent cause. Knowing the root cause of the accident helps one determine who to blame and who not to blame.  More importantly, who to make liable in case of the accident. For example, Mr. Aaa and Mr. Bee were arguing over the second floor veranda. Mr. Aaa shoved Mr. Bee which caused the latter to run into the flower vase on the ledge and knock it over.

 

Then, the flower vase bashes the head of Mr. Cee – who was just a passerby. Of course you will say that Mr. Bee was the one who actually touched the vase but common sense will dictate that the root cause of the accident was Mr. Aaa,  who shoved Mr. Bee, without which the latter would not have ran into the flower vase.  Click here to see how a lawyer can help you in an accident.

 

What Is Insurance For?

The next question – from a lawyer’s point of view is “Is there adequate insurance coverage for the injury, damage, or death?”

The operative word here is “adequate” because in some cases, the damage or injury is too great or the insurance is too small to cover the entire cost. In this case, the person at fault or if unknown, the persons involved will be made liable, subject to reimbursement later on. For example, if Mr. Zee’s car insurance only covers a maximum of $20,000 per accident but the repairs for the damage property is $25,000 then Mr. Zee has to pay out of his own pocket, the difference.

What Can A Lawyer Do?

The discussion above is pretty basic and in most cases an accident involves a lot more facts and issues so the case may get complicated. This is the reason why most individuals hire a lawyer, to sort things out and determine whose fault it is to begin with. Attorney Gerald Fugit will make sure that everything is sorted out for the insurance companies so you have:

• Zero liability or at the very least minimal liability, as the accused;
• Maximum awards and satisfaction on to the punishment of the person at fault, as the accuser.

 

What if it was Your Fault?

Then the more you need a lawyer. This is because you need to make sure that all your rights are safeguarded. In that, you are made liable only for what you should be made liable and not made liable for more. Attorney Gerald Fugit will:

• Explain your rights and obligations;
• Go about defending your cause to the full extent of the law;
• Make sure that whatever liability given to you is the absolute minimum.

You Need Attorney Before You Sign Any Paperwork!

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Diesel Truck Accident in Midland TX

I’ve been detailing the many truck & auto accidents in my area here at Odessa Law Practice, and this accident happened a couple of  hours ago.  A Tanker truck that was filled with diesel fuel rolled over  at Craddick Highway & Holiday Hill Road.  They left a huge plume of black smoke over Midland, TX.   The tanker truck was filled with diesel fuel.  Emergency responders closed  off Holiday Hill Road until they had everything under control. There were multiple law enforcement and emergency fire teams on the scene. The rollover happened about 4:45 this afternoon.  We don’t know if the driver or anyone else was injured in the crash.

*Yesterday, on 07/28/2012, a 20-year-old Midland man died near Highway 191 and Loop 250. The victim was Mark Anthony Varela. Police stated that Varela was heading northbound, in the concrete landscape area South of 191 under the overpass for Loop 250.

Police stated that Varela was not on the roadway and he proceeded northbound and went off the edge of the underpass. They stated that he ended up upside down in the eastbound lanes of travel.

Police said a 2008 F-150 truck driven by 37-year-old Sammy Rocha and occupied by Sammy Rocha Jr., 18-years-old, struck Varela’s vehicle.

Varela died at the scene. Both occupants of the F-150 were transported to Midland Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

 

These types of accidents happen all too often in the Odessa and Midland, TX area. Maybe a mandated ‘Driver Education Program’ would be able to curb the many car crashes that happen here.I know where I used to live in the North Country, the students in High School were taught Driver’s Education. The driving conditions were quite hazardous because seven months of the year we had ice and snow on the road. Yet, we didn’t have fatalities like they have in this area.In fact, a fatality was rare.

Last year in Odessa, TX, in 2011, we had over 100 car crashes. I think we’ve had almost that many this year already and it’s only July. I tried to research the data – but, I think the Media has been told to downplay the traffic accidents. I wasn’t able to find out any solid data for this year.Hopefully, MOTRAN will be able to help raise awareness. Please call Odessa Law Practice at 432-301-9252, if you have any issues with car accidents.

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Monster Trucks

Truckers that drive huge monster trucks hurl by slower drivers on Highway 349 in Midland/Odessa & play blind ‘highway chicken’. They endanger everyone’s lives.  Oil means prosperity.  And, we have lots of oil here in West Texas.  Right here in Midland/Odessa, TX,  just about everyone who is a farmer,  has been approached about drilling on their land. This vast oil area stretches all the way to Lubbock, TX.

There are currently 400 oil rigs going 24 hours a day – 8 days a week.  Oil workers like to joke that they work 366 days a year. 400  oil rigs are now our top record, which beats the last high of 399 rigs in 1981.  There is no sign  of a slowdown either.

So, why do I bring this up on a ‘lawyer blog’?  Several reasons. More oil activity means more auto traffic and car accidents.  More oil activity means more oil rig accidents.

Last weekend, when I drove from Midland to Lubbock & back again, it  gave me an anxiety attack.   It definitely tested my will and my nerves.   I drove on Highway 349,  a small road snaking past churning pump jacks, with only one lane each way. The trucks zip by at very unsafe high speeds, laden with oil field equipment, oil or oil workers.

The male drivers tick me off because they’re so impatient.  These men are driving gigantic dual  pick-up trucks  & they climb up your automotive rear and then rip by with a roar.  They almost run head-on into a truck going in the opposite direction.  It’s not uncommon for an impatient guy (it’s always a guy, (as far as I can tell) to pass four or five vehicles in a row in a sort of automotive blind chicken.  Really scary.

The Texas legislature should consider building a four-lane highway.  It would make driving safer for all of us.  The  monster truckers could  speed by at mach speed and the normal people could drive in the right-hand lane.  To be sure, it would cost of lot of money – but lives and sanity would be saved.

On a happier note, here is a montage of  fun at a Monster Truck Rally:

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Traffic Crashes in Permian Basin

Traffic Crashes in the Permian Basin

James Beauchamp, president of the Midland Odessa Transportation Alliance, said that people in tfhe Permian Basin were more than twice  as likely to be in a fatal traffic crash than in the state as a whole based on the number of miles traveled, which is based on a report by MOTRAN.

Crashes on Texas roadways resulted in 3,023 fatalities in 2010,  making an average of 1.29 deaths per 100 million miles traveled in the state. However, the Odessa District reported 93 fatalities, making an average of 3.2 deaths per 100 million miles traveled, according to MOTRAN, increasing to 100 fatalities in 2011.

 

The report noted the cost of 2011 crashes to individuals and human capital was more than $313 million, and the cost to the community was more than $762 million, but Beauchamp also said human losses cannot be measured just in a dollar amount.

 

At the end of the day, when somebody’s lost their dad or their child, there’s no dollar amount to that,” Beauchamp said. “We’re not going to be able to bring back or undo anything that’s happened.”

 

The inspiration for MOTRAN’s report was a task force created by the Texas Department of Transportation geared at focusing on energy-related transportation needs, which Beauchamp said he believed would be good news.

 

According to MOTRAN’s report, the result was that 7,374 accidents of all kinds were also reported in the Odessa District in 2011, up from 6,021 in 2010. But Powell said even money put into the Permian Basin would not guarantee fewer accidents and fatalities.

 

The wrecks that we’re seeing as a whole are not caused by road factors, for the most part,” TXDOT Odessa District spokesman Gene Powell said. “That’s not to say that we won’t add safety measures (after a wreck), but when you see people crossing the center line or going off the road and being ejected … safety measures won’t prevent people from making bad decisions.”   As residents of Texas, we enjoy a highway system that is the envy of other states. We must keep our part of the bargain to drive safely and be considerate of those we share the road with.

 

The alliance has started the Drive Smart program, encouraging people to realize the risks when they get on the road as well as follow traffic laws such as stopping at red lights and stop signs, to not text and drive, and to yield the right of way.

 

Ultimately, Beauchamp said he hopes to increase awareness of traffic issues through the report and public initiatives, both to the community and officials who allocate money.

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