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Pennsylvania has seen increased DUI arrests around Thanksgiving

Ready or not, the holiday season is about to kick off. You may soon be spending time with family and friends while eating turkey and all the fixings. However, turkey may not be the only thing that gets gobbled up this time of year. During the five-day holiday period around Thanksgiving in 2017, Pennsylvania police responded to 981 crashes and made 629 arrests for DUI. You can expect them to try and gobble up many more this year.

The numbers listed above are both an increase from the previous year’s totals. In 2016, there was 5 percent less crashes and 19 fewer DUI arrests. Unfortunately, one of the crashes that troopers responded to in 2017 resulted in a fatality.

How common is substance abuse among truck drivers?

Though it is common knowledge among Pennsylvania residents that abusing substances and driving do not mix, statistics show that today’s commercial truck drivers are using drugs and alcohol on the job at disturbing rates. Because the drivers and passengers of smaller, passenger vehicles are often those who suffer injuries when cars and trucks collide, substance-abusing truck drivers pose a particularly significant safety risk to the motoring public.

According to the American Addiction Centers, semi-truck drivers lead particularly solitary lives, and with little oversight or regulation surrounding substance abuse among commercial truckers, many of them turn to drugs and alcohol. Many modern truck drivers report that they turn to drugs or alcohol on the job in an effort to fight feelings of boredom or loneliness, while others do so because they think it will help them perform better and cover more miles.

Top 6 red flags of nursing home abuse and neglect

At Lisko & Associates in Pennsylvania, we understand that deciding to place your aging and/or ill parent into a nursing home likely is one of the most difficult decisions you will be called upon to make during your lifetime. We also realize that even with your best efforts to find an appropriate nursing home for him or her, abuse and neglect can still occur.

Consequently, you need to remain vigilant every time you visit your parent. Next Avenue explains that the following are the top 6 red flags indicating that your parent is not receiving the care (s)he needs and to which (s)he is entitled.

What is the most common type of traffic ticket in Pennsylvania?

One very common run-in with the law individuals can have are traffic tickets. Statistics suggest that, every day, thousands of such tickets are issued here in Pennsylvania. According to data from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, between 2013 and 2017, the average for summary traffic violations issued in the state per day was 3,796. Overall, this five-year time period saw over 6.9 million such violations issued in the state.

Traffic tickets can come up in connection to a range of different alleged traffic violations. What violation is connected to the most tickets in the state? According to the AOPC statistics, speeding holds this top spot.

When rainy days in Pennsylvania lead to personal injury lawsuits

Slips and falls in public places happen often, and for the majority of people, injuries sustained may prove minor. Yet some individuals fall due to slippery floors in grocery stores or malls and face serious injuries that may prove life-threatening, and these individuals may require significant compensation.

If you face injury due to slipping and falling in a store and want to seek compensation for your related injury expenses, you want to contact an experienced personal injury attorney to help you bring a successful negligence case forward. These attorneys specialize in determining negligent behavior and offer advice and expertise in bringing a claim against stores or malls. If you suffer injury due to a slip-and-fall accident, do not fight for compensation alone.

Man charged with theft of $63,404 from a soccer association

Stealing money is often portrayed as a bank robbery or other elaborate heist in movies. In real life, it can occur in a number of ways, including embezzlement. Often, the theft of funds through embezzlement occurs over a period of time in small amounts, making it difficult to track. No matter the route of theft, the criminal consequences are similar, and charged individuals are often in need of a skilled attorney. A 51-year-old Pennsylvania man has consulted a criminal defense attorney, following official charges that he stole $63,404 from a soccer association.

Assualt: Woman charged with running boyfriend over with vehicle

Relationships can bring out the best and the worst in people. It is unknown what may have sparked an argument between a Pennsylvania couple, but whatever the disagreement was, it has resulted in assault charges for one woman. She has been accused of running over her boyfriend with a vehicle as well as an attack on emergency workers.

A neighbor claims to have witnessed the entire incident between the 44-year-old woman and her boyfriend. The boyfriend was walking along the shoulder of the road when the woman used her SUV to hit him. The neighbor recounts that after striking the boyfriend with her vehicle, the woman allegedly backed it up and attempted to run over him again.

Staying safe as a pedestrian in a college town

As a pedestrian walking the streets of State College, you are very close to Penn State. Making sure that you are safe while walking down the street is important at all times, but it may present more risks in a college town.

In 2017, there were almost 6,000 pedestrian deaths caused by car crashes, a significant increase from past years. 16 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2016 were pedestrians. Whenever you are walking, make sure to take extra care.

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