Getting a driver's license is a rite of passage for many teenagers. Presently in Connecticut special restriction apply to all new 16-year-old and 17-year-old drivers. Connecticut law states that in the first six months after getting a driver's license, 16-year-old and 17-year-old teens can only drive a car when a parent or legal guardian who has a valid driver's license is with them in the car. After the six month period tolls, 16-year-old and 17-year-old drivers may drive with their parent and can also have other immediate family members, such as a sibling, in the vehicle they are operating.
Connecticut residents may find it helpful to learn that the non-profit organization Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis Services Inc. has put together helpful information for parents and guardians on what sexual abuse is, what signs a child may exhibit, what steps they can take to prevent child sexual abuse and how to help a child who may have experienced it.
Today, a hysterectomy, which is the removal of a woman's uterus by surgical methods, is considered to be a routine procedure. However, following warnings from the Federal Drug Administration regarding the use of laparoscopic power morcellators, the Hartford, Connecticut based health insurer Aetna announced that it would end coverage of hysterectomies performed by the morcellators because of the risk the procedure poses for spreading cancer.
As people retire and age, they may be concerned with who will care for them when they can no longer care for themselves. Thus, it may be helpful for our Connecticut residents to be aware of who to call or what steps to take if one suspects that an elder, whether it is a family member or friend, is being abused. If one suspects elder abuse is occurring, it is important to call the Connecticut Department of Social Services to report the abuse.
Our Connecticut residents have likely heard a lot about distracted driving, don't text and drive enforcement initiatives and even seen commercials about not texting and driving. Most immediately think of cell phones when it comes to distracted driving. But, what many people may not know is that another type of driving that is just as dangerous and results in over a thousand fatalities and over 83,000 car crashes annually is drowsy driving.
The sudden loss of a human life in an accident is difficult for many to fathom. It is even more difficult to understand when the accident involves the loss of an innocent child. Our Connecticut residents may be saddened to learn that according to East Hartford Police, an 8-year-old was killed when he was struck by at least one car which was involved in a two-car accident.
Brian Stroh, a former Bethel public schools first grade teacher has been released from prison on $250,000 bond. Stroh has been charged with sexually abusing three children. There have been several similar sounding stories in the news recently. Kayla Mooney, 23, a Danbury High School has been charged with second degree sexual assault and for providing alcohol to a minor. Timothy Leonard, a Wilton public school teacher was charged with sexually assaulting a 14 year old boy. In addition to these cases, Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney, represents former students of the Stamford public schools who were abused by a former teacher named Robert Martinez as well as former students of the Newington public schools who were abused by one of their teachers, James Brown.
When it comes to the topic of distracted driving and related car accidents, many of our Connecticut residents may erroneously presume that a cell phone is somehow involved in all distracted driving accidents. However, it is interesting to note that distracted driving is not limited to just phone use or texting and driving. It encompasses numerous distractions which affect both first -time drivers, such as teens and adults, alike. However, teens are more likely to involved.
Connecticut residents may find it alarming to learn in this age of cutting edge technology and significant advances in medical care technologies that a recent survey found that healthcare providers, such as nurses, blamed the lack of interoperability between medical devices and electronic health records as one of the reasons for medical mistakes. Nearly 400,000 patients lose their life annually due to a medical mistake, and thousands more suffer serious complications due to those mistakes.
The U.S. Department of Transportation estimated that more than 4,700 pedestrian lost their lives in traffic accidents or crashes in 2011. Sadly this statistic became a reality for one Hartford, Connecticut family recently.