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CEM in new train cars – Metrolink’s investment likely saved lives

We are continuing our discussion of the Feb. 24 collision between a commuter train and a heavy-duty pick-up truck at a road-grade crossing near Oxnard. Of the 28 people injured, four were reported in critical condition. Earlier this week, authorities announced that one of those victims, the engineer of the Metrolink train, had died from…

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After crash, will Metrolink adopt Subaru’s ‘They lived’ tagline?

No one was killed but dozens were injured in the Feb. 24 accident involving a heavy-duty pickup truck and a Metrolink commuter train. The accident happened between the Southern California cities of Oxnard and Camarillo, less than an hour away from the site of the 2008 train crash in Chatsworth that left 25 dead. The…

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Hey, Big Spender, spend a little time with malpractice victims

Don’t believe it for a second if someone tells you that money isn’t a factor in important ballot initiatives. The Los Angeles Times reported recently that last November’s Proposition 46 fight cost both camps about $70 million altogether. More than 80 percent of that came from opponents of the measure — the winning side. Prop…

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Study supports theory that bike helmets reduce risk of head injury

A few weeks ago, we were talking about the high rate of fatal bicycle accidents in California (see California tops all other states in cyclist fatalities, posted Oct. 30). That study, from the Governors Highway Safety Association, found that adult males — that is, adult males in California and Florida — accounted for more fatalities…

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California tops all other states in cyclist fatalities

California had more bicycle accident fatalities than any other state from 2010 to 2012. Worse, perhaps, is the fact that the number of deaths rose by 23 percent during that period, while national totals increased just 16 percent. California also outpaces the nation when it comes to how many traffic deaths involve bikers: Nationwide, 2…

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Safety on two wheels: Helmet laws differ but basic rules do not

Do we sound like a broken record? We wonder, because we try to take every opportunity to encourage safe driving, motorcycling and biking behaviors. More and more, two-wheeled vehicles share the roads with sedans, semis and SUVs, and so many traffic accidents involving motorcycles or bicycles are avoidable. When it comes to avoiding accidents, though,…

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Sports injuries: When kids play it’s not always child’s play

Parents are funny about their kids and sports. Even in laid-back California, you hear about parents who push their children to be better and better, to outshine everyone else on the field. Other parents are just happy their kids are running around outside and having fun. There are probably as many reasons parents allow or…

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