Proviso classes shift to remote learning as teachers strike looms, students stage walkouts and protests
With a teachers strike looming at Proviso High School District 209, student walk-outs, protests and fires ignited in school bathrooms this week have prompted officials to shutter the district’s three high schools Thursday and abruptly shift to remote learning.chicagotribune.com
Virginia lawmakers pass new rules to protect bicyclists on the road
ROANOKE, Va. – A new bill aims to make it safer for drivers and cyclists to share the road. “When you are a cyclist on the road, you’re the most vulnerable vehicle on the road,” Ride Solutions Director Jeremey Holmes said. Virginia lawmakers passed a bill that requires drivers to switch lanes when passing a cyclist on the road if three feet cannot be maintained. “The more that drivers are aware of the rules that pertain to the road, the better,” he said. He looks forward to municipalities adding more biking lanes to encourage people to ride to work, school or recreationally.
Police across Virginia cracking down on New Year’s Eve drunk driving
VIRGINIA – Police across Virginia are cracking down to stop drunk driving this New Year’s Eve. For the 19th annual year, the Checkpoint Strikeforce Campaign has kicked off over the holiday season. Avoid driving altogether and simply spending the night wherever you’re going to ring in the new year,” said Kurt Erickson from the campaign. If you’re not drinking, you can still help prevent drunk driving injuries by wearing your seat belt and by keeping a lookout for drunk drivers. If you’re on the road and you see someone who you think might be driving under the influence, you can just call #77.
Farmers urge driver safety after tractor-involved crash
BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. – Virginia State Police are investigating a multi-vehicle crash in Bedford County involving a farming tractor. Tractor-involved crash on Route 460 in Bedford County on Sept. 22, 2020. However, that wasn’t the case last year when a 75-year-old Bedford County farmer was killed in a crash. It was close to being a head-on accident.”State police, local authorities and state organizations, like the Virginia Farmers Bureau, are working hard to promote farming tractor and vehicle safety. As far as Tuesday’s crash, the driver of the work van was charged with driving too close to the pickup truck.
After a deadly week, Roanoke police have warnings for drivers, pedestrians
Since Thursday, four crashes killed three pedestrians and a man driving a motorcycle. The second crash was on Williamson Road in front of Northwest ACE Hardware just after 9 p.m. on Friday. A man driving a motorcycle died around 12:30 a.m. on Monday after police said he lost control of the bike. Roanoke City Police Sergeant Trista Noel said drivers and pedestrians need to take responsibility for their own safety. Roanoke Police have warnings and advice for pedestrians and drivers after four people died in separate crashes in a week.
Keep the kids as far away as you can: Carilions tips for child safety around fireworks
ROANOKE, Va. Youve likely heard the booms of fireworks for days now, but if youre setting them off, keep your little ones far away. Thats the warning this holiday weekend from child health experts at Carilion Clinic. Carilion Kids Safety coordinator said about 9,000 people in the United States go to the hospital for firework-related accidents each year. With many professional firework shows canceled this year, youll need to keep an extra eye on your kids at any neighborhood shows. Another safety tip is to make sure there is a source of water or fire extinguisher nearby when using any fireworks at home.
Would you know what to do during a tornado? We have tips
As mid-May arrives, tornado season begins to reach its peak, proving to be a big threat, and nearly every state in the United States can experience a tornado. Having said that, do you know the safest things you can do for you and your family should a tornado strike near your home? Because of that, it’s smart to consider what room may be safest for you, in the event of a tornado. Mobile homes are simply not designed to withstand a tornado or strong winds in severe storms. [WATCH: When you see a tornado while driving, here’s what to do]The time to find shelter is when you are under a tornado warning, so while all of this is helpful information, the best thing you can do is know the signs before a tornado hits.
Road safety: How research efforts in Virginia limit crash deaths
10 News visited the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), where experts showed the crew how they carry out the vehicles’ evaluation, which leads to its highly-respected safety ratings. CRASH DUMMIESAny crash test dummy at the IIHS has had its head slammed into an airbag hundreds of times without breaking. Active safety testing manager David Aylor says they show a nearly 80% reduction in crashes. Video from IIHS crash tests shows guards that work -- and shows ones that have failed. Only a small number of 18-wheelers have side guards, researchers say, adding that they’re often aftermarket products.
VDOT preparing for winter weather but not expecting terrible road conditions
ROANOKE, Va. – A little winter weather is expected to hit the region on Tuesday, and VDOT has decided to treat the roads in case they freeze over. VDOT is brining major interstates like I-81 and I-77 as a precaution, as well as major roads in the New River Valley, including Route 460. VDOT spokesperson Jason Bond says they’re not expecting road conditions to be terrible because the ground temperature is so high, but it’s better to be careful. “Watch for potential slick spots, in those cooler areas where if it does start to snow, and the pavement temperature starts to dip down, like in a shaded area, a mountain top, an overpass, a bridge, you might start to see a little bit of accumulation on those roads, areas first," said Bond. Crews will be working overnight and Tuesday morning to treat the roads if there’s any snow or ice.
VDOT prepares for icy, dangerous road conditions
ROANOKE, Va. – Along with colder temperatures comes the chance for ice and dangerous road conditions. You can see the Virginia Department of Transportation’s lines of defense against the ice on highways across southwest Virginia. VDOT spokesperson Jen Ward says usually, crews wouldn’t brine the highways with rain in the forecast. But because there’s a chance for sleet and ice, VDOT wants to take those precautions. “When you have air temperature and road temperature both impacting things, which is what we’re expecting (Friday) morning, that’s when you get your icy roads,” said Ward.
Walking like a penguin? Not the best technique for slippery surfaces
Industrial Biodynamics’ slip simulator proves that. "That really enhances that slip and usually leads to a fall.”Hager said marching with short, flat steps is the best technique. Walking like a penguin is commonly said to be the best technique. Industrial Biodynamics trains employees at companies across the country and the training, Hager said, is paying off. But even without training, the technique could make a difference when you head out the door Friday.
Would you be able to find your kid’s secret stash?
Before you answer with an assured “NO,” know that ‘secret stash’ containers are increasing in popularity, and getting easier to obtain. The containers have some things in common: They’re easy to purchase, they’re cheap -- usually around $10 -- and they look exactly like real household items. A new corner of the Internet is dedicated to selling secret stash items. Drug addiction experts say kids are buying them to store drugs, hiding them, and their habit, from their parents. The following are some otherwise innocent-looking household items that could be secret stash containers: