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Kenton County sees jump in vehicular fatalities

If you read or watch the news, you no doubt learn about more vehicle accidents than you would like to think happen in Kentucky. Even with numerous public awareness campaigns and strong law enforcement, too many drivers make choices that are dangerous not only for themselves for but anyone else who might happen to be on the road at the same time. From driving while texting to drag racing down area streets, there is no shortage to the negligent behaviors that result in serious accidents and even deaths.

According to records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of overall vehicular fatalities in Kenton County jumped from nine to 17 between 2016 and 2017. Of those 17 deaths last year, seven resulted from accidents in which alcohol was a contributing factor. In 2016, Kenton County experienced one drunk driving death. In the five years spanning 2014 to 2017, the county recorded 57 total deaths in motor vehicle accidents. Alcohol and speed were involved in 21 and eight of those deaths, respectively.

Field sobriety test accuracy rates

While advocacy groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving appropriately raise awareness about the risks of driving when drunk, they have also contributed to the creation of a strong and inaccurate stereotype about the people charged with driving under the influence offenses. Many people in Kentucky who are arrested for DUI charges are very responsible citizens. In addition, not every one of them is actually guilty of the crime they are charged with.

One potential issue with a drunk driving case may well be the accuracy, or the lack thereof, of the results of tests conducted prior to a person being placed under arrest. As explained by FieldSobrietyTests.org, the standard field sobriety tests used are approved by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and are designed to give law enforcement officers enough evidence to justify arresting the driver. They cannot prove that a person is intoxicated.

Knows the basics about brain injuries

Most Kentucky residents may not give brain injuries much thought until they or a person they love experiences one. Brain injuries can have serious ramifications for a person's health and it is important for people to know the basic information about this kind of wound.

People may not realize that there is more than one kind of brain injury. The Brain Injury Association of America says these types are non-traumatic and traumatic brain injuries. A non-traumatic injury is typically caused by something that happens inside a person's head, such as a seizure or stroke. When people incur the traumatic form of this wound, this is usually because some kind of outside force has affected their head. This outside force might be a ball if someone is injured while playing sports, or a steering wheel or headrest if someone gets into a car accident. Motor vehicle collisions and sports are only two of the ways someone might incur a traumatic brain injury. People might also receive this wound after slipping and falling.

Kentucky follows equitable distribution standard during divorce

Going through a divorce is never easy. Worrying about how you are going to split the property that you and your partner have accumulated over the course of your marriage does not make life any easier.

Property division can certainly be complicated and become a major source of conflict during a divorce proceeding. Here is a rundown on how Kentucky handles asset distribution during divorce and what your rights are during this process.

How dangerous is driving without enough sleep?

Getting enough sleep is something many people struggle with here in the United States. In today’s busy world, finding the time to get the recommended amount can be challenging. However, it is incredibly important. Sleep deprivation can cause many problems, including traffic safety problems.

This is because it can lead to drowsy driving. This can put a driver at risk of making mistakes or falling asleep when at the wheel. A recently published study looked at the dangers that sleep deprivation creates out on the roads.

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