Monthly Archives: August 2019

Back to School Driving Safety

It’s that time of year again. The fireworks are over and school supplies are flying off of the shelves. Soon young and eager learners in our community will be returning to school. Drivers must be aware of the increased buses, bicyclists, and pedestrians to avoid an incident causing Personal Injury to themselves or others. Here are some reminders from the National Safety Council on Back to School Driving Safety.

Bus Safety

  • Give students and buses plenty of space. Flashing lights and stop arms mean you MUST stop.
  • Passing a moving bus is risky for both the bus and the passing vehicle so it’s best to have patience and wait.

Bicyclists

  • Give children riding bicycles plenty of space. They may not remember all the rules of the road in a high traffic situation. Be aware that they rarely use turn signals.
  • When turning, always allow a bicyclist to proceed through before continuing. Left-hand turns are the most common cause of vehicle bicyclist accidents.
  • Always check your side mirrors for approaching bicyclists before opening your doors.

Pedestrians

The Top 10 Scams Against Seniors and How to Protect Them

Do you know an elderly American who has fallen victim to a scam? According to the Senate Special Committee on Aging, senior citizens lose close to $3 billion each year to scams. This amount is staggering and unacceptable. It’s important to understand that scams against seniors take many shapes. From complete strangers to immediate family members, scammers use various methods to illegally obtain financial advancement for themselves. Knowing common scams and educating your loved ones can help protect them against becoming a victim.

Top 10 Scams Against Seniors

  1. IRS Phone Call – Phone scammers, using local area codes, tell victims they owe back taxes or penalties to the IRS. They threaten warrants or arrest if not paid. They ask for payment in many forms including money orders, credit cards, and even gift cards.
  2. Robocalls – Unsolicited repeated calls selling non-existent products.
  3. Sweepstakes Scams – Fraudsters contact via phone, mail or email requesting a fee to produce sweepstakes winnings.
  4. Computer Tech Support Scams – Phone scammers claim to be from a known tech company such as Microsoft or Apple. They convince the victim their …
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