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Apps for parents curb distracted teen drivers

Marty Williams recalls the conversations he and his wife would have with their two daughters about the dangers of talking and texting while driving. 

?It?s always a concern,? said Williams, who lives in Howard County. ?We just drilled it into their heads over and over until they said ?Okay, we get it,? and when we saw something [about the dangers of drivers texting] on TV we made sure they saw it, too.? 

Parents like Williams have good reason to worry. 

Half of teens say they talk on a cellphone while driving, a third say they swap text messages, and…

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Understanding the distracted brain

Why driving while talking on cell phones is risky behavior

Many people know texting while driving increases crash risk. But cell phone conversation while driving is also risky. Talking on hands-free or handheld cell phones requires the brain to multitask ? a process it cannot do safely while driving.

To explain what happens to the human brain when talking on cell phones while driving, NSC has a white paper, ?Understanding the distracted brain: Why driving while talking on hands-free phones is risky behavior:?

Below is the article "Understanding the distraced brain: Why Driving while talking on hands-free phones is risky behavor…
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Put down the phone and promise to drive distraction free

In 2012, nearly 3,400 people (3,328, actually) died in distraction-affected crashes, according to the U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT). An estimated 421,000 people were injured in crashes that involved a distracted driver. Approximately 660,000 drivers use a cell phone for talking or texting at ANY GIVEN MOMENT in time across the country.

That?s 660,000 people that could be causing a crash ? right now.

That?s why companies are hard at work getting the message out about distracted driving. April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and it is an awareness that every driver…
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Wayne County Parks maple-sugaring program offers sweet time

March is maple-sugaring month in Michigan and Wayne County Parks has a sweet Saturday program available for the entire family March 15 and 22.

Bundle up and join park naturalists for the annual maple-sugaring program at the Cass Benton Park picnic shelter in Northville, where a historic ?sugar bush? still exists.

Learn the history of maple sugaring and take a short hike into the woods for an actual tree-tapping demonstration. In celebration of this early spring ritual, the group will enjoy pancakes with the ?real thing? afterward.

?The maple-sugaring program is another example of the diversity of activities available to…
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Winter Storm Terms, Driving Tips and More!

Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Some winter storms are large enough to affect several states, while others affect only a single community. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

Regardless of the severity of a winter storm, you should be prepared in order to remain safe during these events.

Know the Difference

Winter Storm Outlook - Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 2 to 5 days.

Winter Weather…

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Plymouth Ice Festival THIS Weekend!

The 2014 Plymouth Ice Festival will be a presentation of fantastic ice sculptures! You will see some ice sculptures that are over 10 feet tall and see the carvers creating highly detailed pieces of art throughout the event. There will also be plenty of other activities going on, including the speed ice carving competition, college ice carving teams from local culinary schools, an art exhibit, the Plymouth Historical  Museum.
Events & Activities:
Opening ceremony and ribbon cutting-Friday 7:00pm
Please join us as we officially open the 2014 Plymouth Ice Festival.  State representative Kurt Heise along with City of Plymouth commission…
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Michigan Warming Centers and Shelter information

During these extreme cold temperatures it is important to stay warm. If you or someone you know is in need of a warming center or shelter, here is a list of some throughout South East Michigan. 
1432 Washtenaw
Ann Arbor, MI  48104
(734) 662-4466  Main
Service description:Provides temporary, day time shelter during periods of extreme cold temperatures and inclement winter weather. Refreshments may be available to sheltering guests.
Eligibility:No restrictions.
Application process:Walk in.
Documents required:None.
Area served:Washtenaw County…
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Going Out to Celebrate This Holiday? Secure a Safe Ride Home

The holidays are upon us and with the time of season comes a chance to reconnect with old friends and celebrate the preceding year while anticipating the next.

For those going out, safety should be top of mind. If you're going out to celebrate and will be drinking, it's always smart to secure a designated driver before heading to the bar. 

Aside from the inherent safety risks of drinking and driving, penalties for drivers who get caught driving after drinking too much can be staggering, particularly with new enhanced fines for drivers registering higher blood-alcohol levels.  

According to…

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North American International Auto Show Dates, Times and Ticket Details

Dates and Times

Saturday, January 18 - Saturday, January 25, 2014?
9 a.m. - 10 p.m. (no admittance after 9 p.m.)

Sunday, January 26, 2014
9 a.m. - 7 p.m. (no admittance after 6 p.m.)

Early access for handicapped individuals at 8 a.m.
Enter at the Oakland Hall Entrance.

Ticket Pricing

  • Adults: $13 per person
  • eTickets: $13 per person
  • Seniors: $7 (65 and older)
  • Children: $7 (7-12 years old; 6 and under free with a parent or guardian)

Group Tickets

  • Discounted rate of $9 per ticket is available for groups of 30 or more.
  • Pickup is…
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It's time to track Santa!

It's Christmas Eve and in some parts of the world it's already Christmas Day! For young children that means that it's time to start tracking Santa! Today you can follow Santa as he delivers presents to the children of the world and also play some fun games when you visit http://www.noradsanta.org/


Read on to learn how a simple wrong number turned into an annual tradition for many starting almost 60 years ago...

NORAD Tracks Santa is an annual Christmas-themed entertainment program, which has existed since 1955, produced under the auspices of the North American…
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