'Practice Areas'

By: Jeffrey Lapin

Teenage Driver Fatalities by State - 2012 Preliminary Data Report - Front Cover ImageThe Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) released its Teenage Driver Fatalities by State – 2012 Preliminary Data Report, on February 26, 2013. The Report indicates that the number of 16- and 17-year-old drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes increased significantly in 2012 from 2011. The GHSA attributes a couple of reasons for this increase and offers some suggestions on reducing the fatality rate. While this is discouraging news, the total of number of driver deaths in this age group is still lower than it was from 2000 to 2007.
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By: Jeffrey Lapin

Dollar Sign Label on Beer BottleA Canadian study of alcohol price, availability and death, found that when the minimum alcohol price was increased, alcohol-related deaths decreased fairly quickly. A 10% price increase was enough to significantly lower the death rate. This Study was recently published in the American Journal of Public Health, The Raising of Minimum Alcohol Prices in Saskatchewan, Canada: Impacts on Consumption and Implications for Public Health. […]

By: Jeffrey Lapin

Candle inside State of NebraskaLast week there were 14 deaths in motor vehicle crashes in Nebraska. This is the most for a seven day period in more than 7 years. These deaths bring the number of fatalities for 2013 to 27, the most for the first 5 weeks of the year since 2008. Weather has been a major factor for these traffic fatalities as there was significant snowfall and much colder temperatures last week. […]

By: Jeffrey Lapin

Driver eating donutCities and states have or are considering laws beyond just no texting and driving. One city, Huron, South Dakota, has adopted an ordinance that prohibits driver’s from activities that could be distracting, such as eating while driving. This is a good first step in trying to reduce distracted driving although enforcement could become an issue.
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By: Jeffrey Lapin

Volume Bars and NHTSAThe U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 141, which would require hybrid and electric vehicles meet minimum sound standards (volume) in order to help make all pedestrians and bicyclists more aware of these vehicles. These types of vehicles pose more danger at low speeds because they are relatively quiet. The NHTSA was mandated to create a volume standard by the bipartisan Pedestrian Safety Enhancement Act of 2010 (PSEA). […]

Warning Sign for Ice & SnowThe forecast for eastern Nebraska, including Lincoln, calls for snow and winter weather. So far, Lincoln has been spared any snow or ice on the roadway. There are a lot more accidents the first snow and ice of the season as drivers forget the differences in driving on dry and ice and snow-packed roadways. Last year we discussed winter driving: Drivers Prepare: Winter Weather Is Arriving Soon and Drivers Take Care: Winter Weather Is Almost HereThis post is presents a new way, using the ABC’s, to help drivers stay safe while driving in winter weather, snow and ice. […]

Holiday ScamsBy: Jeffrey Lapin

As the holiday season is upon us consumers are decorating and buying gifts for family and friends. At the same time, scammers are preparing their holiday scams to “deck their halls” with your money, privacy or identity. Below are 12 common holiday scams as well as ways to make sure the scammers, and not you, end up with a bag of coal. […]

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By: Jeffrey Lapin

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) regulates consumer financial products and services, such as mortgages and credit cards. Here are some of the more noteworthy actions and announcements by the CFPB from November 2012: […]

By: Jeffrey Lapin

Cardmembers Services RachelThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it pulled the plug on five companies allegedly responsible for millions of illegal robocalls calls from “Rachel” and others from “Cardholder Services.” The FTC estimates that five companies collected approximately $30 million from “Rachel” robocalls by “allegedly deceived consumers” by making phony claims that they could reduce credit card interest rates in return for an upfront fee. After collecting an up-front fee they did little, if anything, to help the consumer. […]

By: Jeffrey Lapin
Federal Trade Commission's Robocall Challange

On October 18, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it will be launching a challenge, the FTC Robocall Challenge, with a $50,000 cash prize for the best technical solution. The Challenge is free and open to the public. The FTC is offering the Challenge as part of its ongoing campaign to stop illegal, prerecorded telemarketing calls.
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