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Newly-licensed teens more likely to crash

Rhode Island teenagers have an increased chance of getting into an accident during the first three months of having a driver's license, according to a study. The study was conducted by researchers at Virginia Tech University and the National Institutes for Health.

For the study, researchers recruited 90 teens and 131 parents from Virginia. They then tracked the teens from the moment they earned their learner's permit until the conclusion of their first year with a driver's license. The tracking was done by placing dashcams in each vehicle and using software that measured the vehicle's speed and braking patterns. They found that teen drivers are eight times more likely to get in a crash or experience a near miss in their first three months with a driver's license than they are in the last three months with their learner's permit. This could be because newly-licensed teens can drive alone, but those with a learner's permit must drive with an adult in the vehicle.

Traditional marriages may fail when wives earn more money

Many relationships in Rhode Island may run into trouble if a wife makes more money than the husband. Men have been the traditional breadwinners throughout history. Consequently, a woman who earns a high income could make her husband feel anxious. While some men accept the fact that their wives earn higher salaries, others let the issue permeate and morph into bigger problems.

A wife with attractive earnings may have total control over financial situations. Her spouse may not appreciate the fact that she makes decisions about where to dine or take a vacation. According to academic studies, lots of unmarried couples never get married if the female partner earns a higher salary. Men want to feel as though they are contributing valuable financial assets to their marriage. However, a large percentage of wives now earn more money than their spouses.

Study: drivers distracted by memes, other social media

Driving while distracted, especially while using a phone, is an epidemic. A study from Wakefield Research, which involved nearly 2,000 U.S. drivers, has found out several things about distracted drivers that may be of interest to Rhode Island residents. Root Insurance has recently shared the results.

All but one percent of respondents recognized that phone use is among the top three driver distractions, and nearly half marked distracted driving in general as their highest concern when on the road. Yet respondents admitted to using their phone themselves while driving: on average, they would use them for 13 minutes each day. Even worse, nearly two in five said that the presence of law enforcement does not compel them to put down their phones.

Motorcyclists back out on the road: some considerations

Motorcyclists in Rhode Island and across the country tend to tell a wide range of road-related tales when they congregate. Those frequently revolve around close calls or stories focused on friends lost or badly injured by encounters with drivers of passenger vehicles.

If there is one demographic most entitled to talk about driving behaviors and the attendant danger of the road, it is bikers.

Distracted driving continues to be a common problem

Many drivers in Rhode Island recognize just how dangerous distractions can be when behind the wheel. Nevertheless, far too many people continue to text, surf the web or chat while driving. Surveys have repeatedly shown that people have more confidence in their own driving behaviors than that of others, even when they engage in practices that are well-known to pose a risk of severe car accidents. A recent survey from an insurance company once again highlighted this reality.

The survey indicated that 47% of respondents said that distracted driving by others on the road was their main safety concern behind the wheel. They noted that it posed a massive nationwide threat, leading to fatal car crashes and thousands of injuries each year. At the same time, however, drivers admitted to their own distractions behind the wheel, particularly those related to mobile devices. The most common distractions were group chats, texts and emails. People would respond to multiple chatters despite driving at the same time. Another 33% said that checking or posting to social media pulled their minds from the road. Perhaps most disturbingly, 18% said that they watched videos while driving.

Tasks to accomplish after a divorce

The finalizing of a divorce can provide a sense of relief for many Rhode Island residents. While these individuals may be anxious to move on and start over, there are certain tasks that need to be accomplished in a timely fashion after a divorce. Doing the following things can help a person get that fresh start and protect him or herself.

One of the first things divorced individuals will want to do is legally change their name if they took their ex-spouse's name when they got married. After the divorce, they will want to change their name on their Social Security card, driver's license, passport and financial accounts.

What can you do if you are sexually harassed in the workplace?

As a Rhode Island employee, you have certain rights in the workplace. You should be able to do your job in an environment that is safe and free from inappropriate treatment. This includes discrimination, hostility and sexual harassment. Despite federal and state laws in place prohibiting these things, they still happen. If you are experiencing sexual harassment in your workplace, you do not have to suffer in silence.

There are various types of behaviors that could qualify as sexual harassment in the workplace. You may be unsure if what you are experiencing is harassment, but it can be helpful to know what you need to do to protect your rights and make it stop. There is no place for sexual harassment in any job environment, for any reason.

What to do if you disagree with a 504 decision

A special needs child is exactly that, a child who needs special help.

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 defines a disability as any impairment that significantly interferes with major daily activity. Section 504 of the act allows disabled children to receive the classroom modifications they need.

Tips for moving past the divorce when you have shared children

One of the most difficult things to do when you are going through a divorce is figuring out what your new relationship with your ex will be like. If you don't have children together, you can make a clean break and never have to deal with each other after the split. Things are a bit more complicated if you do have kids together because you will still remain in contact because of them.

It might be tempting to just fall back into old patterns of dealing with your ex, but this isn't a good idea. The old way of doing things is what led to your divorce, so avoid doing that. Plus, you don't have to do things just to pacify your ex now. You are your own person who is making their own way now.

Any dog bite can cause serious injuries

Dog owners who assure you their dogs don't bite do not understand the nature of a dog. As gentle and loving as a dog may be, it still has animal instincts of self-protection and territoriality. Then again, some dogs are simply aggressive.

A dog owner in Rhode Island is responsible for the behavior of his or her dog. While many pet parents take care to keep their animals under control at all times, dogs can still be unpredictable. If you or your child suffered injuries from a dog bite, you may have many concerns and questions.


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