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By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | May 22, 2012
Tens of thousands of lives have been saved over the years because Americans more routinely wear seat belts and don't drive drunk. But there are other public health threats from those who text while driving or overdose on prescription drugs. That's why a group of researchers began looking at which prevention measures work and who is using them across the country to stem the rate of injuries of all kinds. Injuries are the third-leading cause of death for adults and the biggest killer of young people.
By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | March 30, 2012
A two-vehicle accident in northwestern Baltimore County Friday morning seriously injured five people, including two young children. The Baltimore County Police Department Crash Team responded at 8:18 a.m. to the crash at the intersection of Wards Chapel and Liberty roads, near the Carroll County line at Liberty Reservoir. It took about 20 minutes to free all the victims from a Ford Explorer. Rescue units from Carroll County also responded. The Explorer driver, traveling east on Liberty Road, had turned left into the path of a westbound dump truck, police said.
By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2012
The two brightly colored rubber bands that Orioles catcher Michael Ohlman wears around his right wrist — one orange and the other green — serve as a constant reminder. They remind him of two high school friends, Brett Wagner and Josh Rogers, who died in an automobile accident 10 weeks ago. They also remind Ohlman to always wear his seat belt when he gets into a car. The bands read "Josh and Brett: Forever our Light. " "[They] died on Christmas," Ohlman said. "They weren't wearing their seat belts, so these [bracelets]
By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2011
A 5-year-old boy died Wednesday after the car he was riding in with his family was rear-ended on a Baltimore Beltway on-ramp, police said. Shortly before 3 p.m., an SUV rear-ended a sedan carrying two adults and two children on the ramp from northbound Interstate 83 to the inner loop of Interstate 695, police said. Cars were braking suddenly on the ramp, police said, and a chain reaction ensued, causing two additional cars to be rear-ended. Jake Owen and his sister, Alexandra Owen, 9, were flown to the pediatric trauma unit at Johns Hopkins Children's Center, police said.
By Hanah Cho, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2011
Two people whom police believe were not wearing their seat belts were killed and three others were injured Friday night in a single-car crash in Elkridge. Howard County police say a 2008 Pontiac GT with five occupants crashed into a tree around 8:05 p.m. in the 6200 block of Lawyer's Hill Road. The vehicle was traveling westbound when the driver lost control, crossed the eastbound lanes and struck a tree. Police said speed appeared to be a factor in the accident. The front passenger, Jeffrey Ryan Giles, 19, of Linthicum, was pronounced dead at the scene.
August 25, 2011
Editor: Seat belts. Safety vests. The Clubs. What do these things all have in common? They are proven to save lives. While the third life-saving measure may seem like an unlikely counterpart, Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County continue to prove that an investment in a child's future can be life changing, and in certain instances, even life saving.  It is a pivotal time for American children. With high school graduation rates plummeting, drug use on the rise, and teen pregnancy skyrocketing, teaching our youth strong life skills from the beginning is crucial to their success.
July 24, 2011
There are few more joyful sights in the world than a big old dog sticking its head out a car window with a goofy grin, its tongue hanging out and its ears flapping in the breeze. Up until about 15 years ago, that was me in the driver's seat and a golden retriever named Gusty riding behind. A survey released last week brought that image to mind. It showed that dog owners, a group to which I once belonged, by and large do as I once did: They let the animal ride without restraint. After all, who would put a seat belt on a dog?
By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2011
Deaths in traffic crashes are always tragic, but there's an extra measure of sadness in the news when there's good reason to believe the fatality could have been prevented by something as easy as buckling a seat belt. There's been a spate of such crashes in Maryland lately. One that hit a chord with me was the May 29 death of Sarah Marie Stebbins, 21. The young Elkridge woman was driving just a bit too fast on Route 32 in Columbia, a stretch of road that I used to take every day to go to work, when she lost control of her car. According to police, she hit a guardrail and then a concrete barrier.
By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2011
People were yelling at him to slow down, but Buck John Benny apparently didn't listen. The 16-year-old was driving home Wednesday night from swimming at Patapsco Valley State Park, behind the wheel of an old Plymouth Acclaim packed with friends and relatives, including a teenager crammed in the back seat holding her 3-year-old nephew on her lap. John Ward, a passenger, said the car was racing south on Ridge Road near the Elkridge Furnace Inn....
By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2011
A single-car crash in Howard County claimed the life of a 21-year-old Elkridge woman Sunday, tying up traffic on Route 32 before State Highway Administration officials could clear the scene. Sarah Marie Stebbins of the 6800 block of Norris Lane in Elkridge was driving east on Route 32 shortly after 4 p.m. when she apparently lost control of her 2002 Nissan Xterra, Howard County police said. The vehicle was approaching the bridge over Route 29, police said, when it traveled off the left side of the road and hit the guardrail before continuing onto the bridge, where it struck a concrete jersey wall and rolled onto its driver's side.
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