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MARCH NEWSLETTER | Frankl & Kominsky
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EVENTFUL MONTH OF MARCH SAFETY TIPS   

Every year the middle of March brings a little bit of mayhem into town — the St. Patrick’s Day festivities, including parades, parties and a giant spike in drunk driving. Here are the 5 simple steps from NHTSA to help ensure a safe and festive holiday:

  1. Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin.

  2. Designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home. If you’re planning on driving, commit to staying sober.

  3. Use public transportation, a local taxi service or your community’s sober ride program.

  4. If you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other travel arrangements.

  5. If you see a drunk driver on the road, call local law enforcement.

Via allstate.com blog

INVOLVED IN A CAR ACCIDENT WITH A DRUNK DRIVER?

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SPRING BREAK SAFETY

Each year, thousands of people make the voyage to multiple U.S. and international hotspots for Spring Break. This trend results in increased danger for both travelers and locals. We've compiled some safety tips to keep in mind. Pass this information onto your friends, family, and colleagues, so they can have a safe Spring Break. 
  • Take turns behind the wheel. Rotating drivers can keep everyone rested with the added bonus of taking turns deciding on the music.

  • Whoever sits shotgun should stay awake to keep the driver company. Two alert drivers are always better than one.

  • Take a map. These days everyone relies on their phones for navigation, but in some places, where service isn’t strong, you can lose that ability. There are a number of mobile apps that don’t require an internet connection or GPS.
  • When you check in at the front desk, use discretion in saying your room number out loud for anyone in the lobby to hear. No one outside of your group of friends needs to know your exact location.

  • Reserve a room that’s above the 1st floor but below the 6th floor. First floor rooms are easier to break into, and rooms above the sixth floor are sometimes too high for fire ladders to reach.

  • When you get to your room, check that all of the window and door locks are secure.
  • If you do decide to drink, know the liquor laws of wherever you’ll be vacationing.

  • Always keep an eye on your drink. If you go the bathroom, take your drink with you! Date rape drugs can be put into any drink, including non-alcoholic drinks. No survivor is to blame for their assault, but the links between alcohol and victimization are staggering and cannot be ignored.

  • Drinking and driving is always a dangerous situation and illegal, so avoid this by having your safe mode of transportation home planned before you go out. Having a designated driver before the night starts can be great for driving and for keeping an eye out for everyone as well. 

    For additional safety tips READ MORE

THE GOOD AND THE BAD OF UBER AND LYFT (RIDE-SHARING)

Controversial ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft do not have the best reputation throughout the news media outlets. A new study caught our attention. Crash and arrest statistics show a noticeable decrease in alcohol-related crimes in Jacksonville since the operation of ride-sharing companies. For just over three years, companies like Uber & Lyft have been free to operate in the city of Jacksonville. Numbers First Coast News obtained from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office show an average of 1,655 were arrested for DWIs each year from 2011 to 2013.  From 2014-2016, the average number arrested has dropped to 1,236 - 25% lower than the three previous years. READ MORE

BEEN IN AN UBER ACCIDENT? KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

As Uber becomes more mainstream, it is appealing to all age groups, not only Millennials. Families like having a car essentially on-call through an app, without having to worry about dealing with cash or tips. On the downside, there are a growing number of Uber accidents in Boynton Beach simply because of the increase in the number of Uber drivers on the road. READ MORE

LOCAL EVENT

The Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade is an annual hometown tradition that began in 1968 with an Irish local pub owner by the name of Maury Power, who took a stroll down Atlantic Avenue with his Shillelagh and a green pig and declared it “My own parade.”

DON'T MISS THE PARADE ON MARCH 11 AT NOON.  LEARN MORE

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