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Asian Journal December 30, 2011 - January 5, 2012 edition

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02/06/2013

 
 Elvis’ Gift of Giving .. p. 8 Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue, you know.. p. 11
‘Very good’ end to 2011 for President Noy Aquino
 Dr. Jose Rizal 
Triumph of Justice
The New Year I SeeDo you still think P-Noy is a wimp orindecisive?
HIS REPORTED RE-SPONSE to last Saturday’s
ash oods in Mindanaomay have tarnished PresidentBenigno S. C. Aquino III’simage but earlier in the monthFilipinos saw it t to give himmarginally higher approvalratings, the Social Weather Stations (SWS) said in a newreport.A Dec. 3-7 survey, theresults of which were madeexclusive to BusinessWorld,saw Mr. Aquino gain two points for a continued “verygood” net satisfaction scoreof +58 (71% satised minus13% dissatised).It means the president willend 2011 on a high, follow-ing June’s trough of +46(“good”). His latest rating,however, is still under therecord +64 (“very good”)notched in November 2010,some ve months into Mr.Aquino’s six-year term.Malacañang welcomedthe result, calling it the con-sequence of anti-povertyand anti-corruption efforts,while a political analyst saidMr. Aquino continued toenjoy strong support despitecontroversy over Palace-orchestrated moves to jail his predecessor, former presidentand now Pampanga Rep. Glo-ria Macapagal-Arroyo, andimpeach Chief Justice RenatoC. Corona, an alleged Arroyo pawn.Representatives of Mrs.Arroyo and Mr. Corona werenot immediately available for comment.Public satisfaction withthe president improved mostmarkedly in Metro Manila,where his ratings rose by 13 points to a “very good” +54(70% satised, 16% dissatis-ed) from the “good” +41(61% satised, 20% dissatis-ed) three months earlier.It was highest in BalanceLuzon, at a “very good” +60(72% satised, 14% dissatis-ed), but the score was three points lower from the previ-ous quarter.
It stayed “very good” at +59 (71%satised, 13% dissatised, cor-rectly rounded) in the Visayas, seven points higher, and at +56 (71%
satis-
 Hon. Leila M. de Lima, Secretary of Justice
Glimpses by Jose Ma.Montelibano, Inquirer 
| MA- NILA, 12/30/2011 --I am no prophet,no psychiceither. Ihave lookedat situations,often inter- preted themintelligently,and antici- pated whatwould hap- pen next ac-curately enough.I have sometimes been wrong,too, but less about “what” andmore about “when.” I noticethatwhenI likewhat Iantici- patewouldhap- pen,I tendto wantthem tohappen soon-er.In several yearend articlesthese last ten years of writingthis column, I have often laiddown my perspective that anew year begins much likethe old year ends. What oftencontrasts is the attitude that anew year triggers, an attitudethat is mostly colored by awish for change. The phrase“New Year’s resolution” musthave come from this attitudeof wishing for change.Prophets or psychics aregifted with visions or images.
 
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Msgr. Gutierrez
Ben Maynigo
2011: Lettered Words of Wisdom, Numbers Tell The Stories .. p. 4 
December 30,2011-January5,2012
 
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June 19, 2011 is thesesquicentennial (150th) birth anniversary of Dr.Jose Rizal. He gave his lifefor our beloved country,the Philippines on Decem- ber 30, 1896 - a century andfteen years ago. He was born in Calamba,Laguna and was ex-ecuted at the age of 35 years old. In com-memoration of Dr.Jose Rizal our na-tional hero, I couldexpound on manyinteresting subjectsabout him as a patriot and a martyr,a poet, a linguist (22 languages), and philosopher, a physician and an oph-thalmologist, an artist and a sculptor,an agriculturist and a surveyor, anda teacher, a novelist, a world traveler and an international gure.Today, a short liter-ary composition ona general analyticdissertation is chosenas a pedagogical toolto reminisce Dr. JoseRizal as our cham- pion of PATRIOTISM,FREEDOM and UNITY.To begin, allow meto share with youan event in our history of how we,Filipinos, cameabout to know de-mocracy and free-dom through our forefathers and through Dr. Rizal.As a descendant of a noble Malayan
AS I WRECK THIS CHAIR By William M. EsposoThe Philippine Star During a presidential campaign, it’s usual for the black propaganda team of arival candidate to twist popular perceptions of the leading candidate and project actitious but severelydamaging story aroundthese. Thus was bornethe projection of Presi-dent Noynoy Aquino(P-Noy), which his bashers have been ped-dling incessantly — thatthe only son of Ninoyand Cory is a wimp andindecisive.They found hisunassuming and self-effacing manner aconvenient handle for  projecting weakness. Inmore perceptive societ-ies, P-Noy would beconsidered the strong,silent type, which is positive. In a countrywhere many are over-entertained and under informed the big lie some times resonates. Fortunately for P-Noy, the big lie abouthis being a wimp did not affect the over 15 million who voted for him in 2010.Lacking really big issues to hit P-Noy with, the big lie continued to be peddled,indirectly validating the high trust ratings that P-Noy has been enjoying in the PulseAsia and SWS surveys. After being in ofce for 18 months now, there isn’t a nan-cial scandal hounding P-Noy and his cabinet. Remember how barely 3 months intothe terms of former presidents Joseph “Erap” Estrada and Gloria Macapagal Arroyo(GMA) and nancial scandals were already reverberating all over the country.
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 By: Conrado de Quiros, Philippine Daily Inquirer 
| 12/26/2011 --First off, some appreciationought to go Leila de Lima’sway.It’s no surprise that Jo-vito Palparan, before he dis-appeared for parts unknown(what’s this, he means to doa Ping Lacson?), sentsome very choicewords De Lima’sway. Maybe JudgeTeodora Gonzales,who issued thearrest warrant after nding merit in the case against him, is cou-rageous in her own right. But it helps greatlyto know you have a wall of support behindyou. It helps greatly to know you havea bastion of fortitude behind you. Ithelps greatly to know you have asecretary of justice you can expectto enforce justice and not subvertit behind your back.Over the past several months,De Lima has been quietly butforcefully reshaping themoral landscape of thiscountry. A thing shecapped by standing her ground, like a sheriff coming out with a
 By Amado P. Macasaet,Malaya
-- ‘The series of abuses may simply strengthenthe hand of the Senatein comingto a prob-able verdictof guilty.’BASEDon existingrecords,it appearsthat Chief JusticeRenatoCorona and his wife, CristinaRoco, plus son Francis, mayhave blatantly improperlytaken advantage of their posi-tions, power and inu-ence in whata complain-ant said wasthe conjugalabuse of  public funds.RafaelL. DaytecJr., opera-tions group
 Justice Renato Corona and wifeCristina (right)
 
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race, we must be proud of being ableto savor Democracy as establishedin the legends- ‘Code of Kalantiaw’and the ‘Code of Sumakwel’ manycenturies after Democracy was born in 510 B.C. in ancient Greece.We must be proud of the legacyleft behind by our national heroes, particularly the bravery and nationalsentiment of Dr. Rizal. We must be proud of our heritage. We must adaptto the various cultural climates thatwe have been exposed to and haveculled the best from each of these di
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vergent cultures; the combined cour 
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age and aggressiveness of Marikudo;the wisdom, integrity and gentlenessof Sumakwel; the religious fervor of the Spaniards; and the sense of fair play and self-sufciency of theAmericans. We commemorate thisevent every December not only toshowcase the bravery and wisdom of Rizal who died for our country butalso to reafrm our love for freedomand democracy. I mention thesehistorical legacies because I believethat awareness of our commonancestry and culture could lead useasily to develop values that couldintegrate into a community. Thesevalues will bind us together as Fili
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 pinos where the words “Bayanihan”and “Katipunan” (togetherness) haveinspired and spirited our people inforging the Philippines into a greatnation. It was Jose Rizal, as a politi
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cal gure, initiated a civic organiza
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tion - La Liga Filipina, to promoteUNITY among Filipino students andthose interested in Filipino culturewhich subsequently gave birth tothe KATIPUNAN led by Bonifacioand Aguinaldo. He was a proponentof institutional reforms by peacefulmeans rather than by violent revolu
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tion. The general consensus amongRizal scholars, however, attributedhis martyred death as the catalystthat precipitated the Revolutionin the Philippines. Among men of wisdom and legendary heroes, JoseRizal stood tall with Demosthenesof Greece who shouted against theMacedonian conquest, with Victor Hugo of France who defended theMagna Carta, with Abraham Lincolnof the United States of America whoabolished slavery. Jose Rizal bravelyexposed and fought the repressiveSpanish rule and paid with his lifethat very day on December 30,1896,three hundred years after the Span
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ish domination of our country. Theght for freedom, human rights andUNITY in this world is never end
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ing. All these speak of the inherentdesire of men, of peoples of theworld, be it in the prehistoric days or in the atomic/nuclear and cyber age,their desire to be free. Our forefa
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In my previous two articles, Iidentied pitfalls to be wary of for injured persons who want torepresent themselves. In this part, Idiscuss factors to consider in hiringan attorney, for those who prefer the peace of mind of having professionalhelp.In the personal injury area, manyclients seem to be referred by wordof mouth. Perhaps from the injured party’s insurance agent, a medical provider, or maybe someone fromthe auto body repair shop. Othersmight know a “friend of a friend”who seems to have experience in personal injury matters.While relying on such people is ahelpful starting point, injured partiescan sometimes be led astray if theystop their search there. It is impor 
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tant—especially when it comes tothe “friend-of-a-friend” scenario—toask why the person is recommendinga particular attorney. Was the persona former client? Does the personknow someone who was a former client? Or, as is sometimes the case,does the person have a monetaryinterest in referring the case?Every so often, I will get a phonecall from someone offering to refer cases to my ofce in exchange for money, or asking if I give out refer 
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ral fees. This might be “business asusual” in other industries, but it isunethical for lawyers to promise togive referral fees to non-lawyers.This rule exists to protect consum
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ers. In the past, it was practicallyimpossible for consumers to learnabout attorneys and distinguishadvertising “uff” from substan
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tive information. Because peopleusually had little more than word-of-mouth to rely upon, it was importantto ensure that referrals were beingmade to an attorney because he didgood work, rather than because hewas willing to pay the highest refer 
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ral fees.With the advent of the internet,however, learning more about anattorney can be accomplished withthe click of a button. Ironically,while it is easier to research an at
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torney because of the internet, thesheer volume of information canmake it even more difcult to knowwhat information to believe. Twoof the most important sources of information—even more so than theattorney’s website—are the StateBar and trade association websites.If you know an attorney’s name,you can look him up on the StateBar’s website. (In California,licensed attorneys can be found atthe following link: http://members.calbar.ca.gov/fal/MemberSearch/QuickSearch.)In addition to conrm that the per 
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son is a licensed attorney, you cannd out where he graduated fromlaw school, how many years he has been practicing law, and what areas,if any, he specializes in. Most im
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 portantly, you can also nd out if theattorney has ever been disciplined bythe State Bar.Trade association websites are alsouseful, because membership in theseorganizations can give you someinsight into the attorney’s level of commitment and expertise in thatarea of the law.In the personal injury area, theAmerican Association for Justice(AAJ) is the preeminent nationaltrade association. In California, thestatewide organization is known asthe Consumer Attorneys of Califor 
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nia (CAOC). While membership inthese organizations does not ensurethe quality of the lawyer you are hir 
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ing, it at least demonstrates an effortto keep abreast of new developmentsin the eld. Narrowing down the attorney by doing some basic backgroundresearch is just the rst step in decid
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ing to hire. In the next part of thisarticle, we will discuss additionalfactors to consider after making ini
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tial contact with the person’s ofce.
 Atty. Andrew Agtagma is a gradu-ate of U.C. Berkeley (Boalt Hall)School of Law. He works closelywith the Law Firm of Chua Tinsayand Vega (CTV) and its clientsto provide counsel in his areas of expertise, which include employment law, personal injury, and general civil litigation. He can be reached by phone at: (650) 589-5700, or e-mail at: contact@lawcenter-esq.com
. CTV is a full service law rmwith ofces in San Francisco, San
 Diego and Manila. The informa-tion presented in this article is for  general information only and is not intended as formal legal advice, or to serve as the basis for an attorney-client relationship. CTV can bereached at: (415) 495-8088; (619)955-6277.
Factors to Consider in Hiring aPersonal Injury Attorney (Part 1)
 pens and swords in their quest for freedom from the Spanish conquer 
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ors. The hero-contemporaries of our past, with Rizal as the toweringgure, exemplied the essence of Democracy divinely gifted with the boon of UNITY, which solidies itswhole fabric. At age eighteen, JoseRizal in a prize-winning nationalistic poem addressed to the Filipino youthentitled, A la Juventud Filipina, hecalled upon them as the fair hopeof the Fatherland, challenging themto higher aspirations, and to un
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shackle their chains in order to buildnationhood. We must never forgetof the two novels he wrote, that 170 passages in the Noli Me Tangere (Touch Me Not) and 50 passages inthe El Filibusterismo (the Subver 
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sive) to ght for our rights and the political resolution of the prob
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lems that the Spaniards abused theFilipinos. These are social commen
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taries on our country, the Philip
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 pines, which formed the nucleus of literature that inspired dissent among peaceful reformists and spurred themilitancy of armed revolutionar 
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ies against the Spanish colonialauthorities. These writings gavehim “immortality in the eyes of his people and compatriots, but madehim a target of ecclesiastical ven
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geance.” The desire for FREEDOMand Liberty was Dr. Rizal’s zeal andclarion call to inspire his kababayans
 
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Using Lines of Credit in your Business
By Paul Johnson, Union Bank, N.A.
As an entrepreneur running asmall business, there may betimes when you need to accessshort-term working capital tohelp address immediate businessexpenses. A business line of creditmay offer the convenience ofaccessing cash without having toapply for a loan each time youneed it.
A business line of credit can help addressimmediate business needs such asincreased cash flow, working capital,seasonal purchases, new inventory, tradediscounts or carrying accounts receivable.This method allows a business owner to borrow money against a line of credit asneeded using a checkbook or credit card.It differs from a standard loan in that the borrowing may be done over a period of time, and interest is paid only on theamount of money that is withdrawn. Asthe money is repaid, it becomes availablefor you to use again.Interest rates are typically variable ratestied to a specific index. If the index goesup, interest rates will raise with it, whichcan make budgeting monthly paymentsdifficult. Payment schedules require aminimum payment that can vary monthly, based on the amount that has been drawnin the previous 30 days. Depending on theloan agreement, interest only may be dueor the bank may require interest plus aportion of the principal every month. Theamount repaid may be made available forother cash needs without requiringadditional credit approval. Fees, such as aninitial processing fee, are typically chargedand the bank may charge a fee for eachdraw that the business makes on the lineof credit.The line of credit can either be secured(the loan is backed by collateral which thelender can claim if you default on yourcredit line), or unsecured (does notrequire collateral). Because an unsecuredline of credit poses a greater risk to thelender, the credit limit offered is typicallyless than that of a secured line of credit.It may be wise to use a business credit linesparingly, as defaulting can result in theloss of your business or bankruptcy. Itshould be used strictly for businesspurposes, and should not be tapped intofor personal expenses.Before seeking a business credit line,establish a solid credit and paymenthistory, as one factor lenders look for is businesses with a steady financial recordfor at least 24 months.
The foregoing article is intended to provide general information abouthow to using business lines of credit and is not considered financial ortax advice from Union Bank. Please consult your financial or tax advisor.Paul Johnson is a Business Development Officer for the San DiegoBusiness Banking division of Union Bank. Headquartered in SanFrancisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding companywith assets of $84 billion at September 30, 2011. Its primary subsidiary,Union Bank, N.A., is a full-service commercial bank providing an arrayof financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-marketcompanies, and major corporations. The bank operated 404 full-service branches in California, Washington, Oregon and Texas, as wellas two international offices, on September 30, 2011. UnionBanCalCorporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ FinancialGroup, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJFinancial Group (MUFG, NYSE:MTU), one of the world’s largestfinancial organizations.Visit www.unionbank.com for more information.
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©2011 Union Bank, N.A.
A business line ofcredit may offerthe convenienceof accessing cashwithout havingto apply for aloan each timeyou need it.
California Communities
Sacramento, CA It’s New Year’sResolution time again! Every year around now people look at what theyhave done wrong in the past year and resolve to do it right, or perhapsstart up a new habit or activity thatwill make their life (or somebodyelse’s life) better. For the secondyear, the California Ofce of TrafcSafety (OTS) has a list of resolutionswe canall adopt,making2012a safer year for everyoneon our roads.“This is both a funand seri
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ous wayto take personal responsibility for safe driv
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ing,” said OTS Assistant Director Chris Cochran. “Making resolu
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tions can be both enjoyable andthought provoking as we reect onthose things we would like to changein our behaviors. At the same time,these resolutions can actually savelives and prevent tragedies.”The Ofce of Trafc Safety hascome up with a list that anyone canchoose from, plus invite each personto think of their own. Sharing isencouraged!
DUI Prevention
I resolve not to ask anyonewho has been drinking, “Are youokay to drive?”, because I know thatthey really aren’tI resolve not to drive whenI’ve been drinkingI resolve to call 911 if I seesomeone I think is driving drunkI resolve to be the desig
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nated sober driver for my friends or family whenever they askI resolve to stay sober if Iam the designated driver I resolve to support thesober driver in my groupI resolve not to drive buzzedI resolve to give my kids asafe ride home – no questions asked.I resolve never to givealcohol to minorsI resolve to not let friendsor family drive buzzed or drunk
Cell Phone/Mobile Devices:
I resolve to not text or talkon mycell phonewhiledrivingIresolve tonot call or text any
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one whenI thinkthey may be drivingIresolve toturn off my phone when I’m drivingso I don’t get distractedI resolve to be a good ex
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ample for my kids and not text andtalk while drivingI resolve to remember,whenever I’m tempted to use a cell phone while driving – “It’s Not Worth It!”
Buckle Up
I resolve to make sureeveryone in the car is buckled up onevery ride, day or nightI resolve to have my childsafety seats inspected by a certied professional
Safe Driving:
I resolve to follow speed,red light, safe turns and all other trafc laws.I resolve to be a courteouscommuter I resolve to share the roadwith motorists, motorcyclists, bicy
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clists and pedestrians alikeJoin us on Twitter at http://twit
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ter.com/#!/OTS_CA or “like” us atwww.facebook.com/CaliforniaOT
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to add your resolutions.
Make Your 2012 Trafc Safety
Resolutions
Cell phone use while driving has become the No. 1 safety problemon California roads and highways, anew survey of state motorists says.Close behind came texting whiledriving. Combined, cell phoningand text messaging drew almost 40 percent of the responses.Both problems individually out
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weighed last year’s main concern,“speeding andaggressivedriving,” ac
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cording to thesecond-annualsurvey by theCalifornia Of 
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ce of TrafcSafety.Textingsoared in men
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tions as the biggest danger,going fromlast year’s 2 percent to 18 percent.When asked to name the mostserious distraction for drivers,respondents said cell phone use (56 percent) and texting while driving(27 percent). No other distractedactivity (eating, grooming, etc.) wascited in more than 2 percent of theresponses. Texting again increasedas a concern, going from about 13 percent (2010) to 27 percent. Cell phone use (handheld or hands-free)fell by 6 percent, with most of thosementions presumably rerouted totexting.The 2011 survey included 1,801drivers over age 18. They werequestioned at gas stations throughoutCalifornia. (Read the 2011 Cali
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fornia trafc safety report at http://www.ots.ca.gov/Media_and_Re
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search/Press_Room/2011/doc/Traf 
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c_Safety_Survey_Data.pdf).“This information provides us withunique insight into the concernsof Californians,” OTS Director Christopher Murphy said. “It is verytelling that we’ve seen such a shiftin opinions on cell phone use in justone year.”The drivers indicated they’re get
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Calif. safety enemy No. 1:cell phones
ting the message about distracteddriving: When asked how often theytalked on a handheld cell phone inthe past month, 10.5 percent said“regularly” — down from 14 percentin 2010. The majority indicated“never.”When asked the same questionabout text messaging while driving,6 percent indicated they did it regu
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larly, down from9 percent in2010. 72 percentsaid never. Moredrivers 18-24cited texting asthe top danger,yet they weremore likely totext messagewhile behind thewheel.A third of Southern Cali
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fornia drivers cited texting as the biggest problem while only a quarter agreed in Northern California.More responses from the trafcsafety survey:Four in 10 of the drivers said theyused their cell phone less because of California’s handheld law.Seven in 10 said hands-free cell phone use was safer than handhelduse.Six in 10 said they’ve been hit or almost hit by a driver yakking on acell phone, up slightly from 2010.The California Ofce of TrafcSafety survey also asked the motor 
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ists about drunken driving, sobrietycheckpoints and seat belt use. Thedirector said the survey was begin
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ning to show trends in its secondyear and would provide “valuabledata for our planning, particularly indistracted driving programs and theemerging drugged driving problem.”Cell phone use by drivers ranked No. 2 in the 2010 survey about the biggest safety problems on Califor 
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nia’s highways. --
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info.com/california-trafc-safety
 Age that children must remainin a booster seat has increased to age 8.
The California Ofce of Trafc Safe
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ty is reminding parents, caregivers, anddrivers to take note of a new law aimedat saving more lives and preventingmore injuries of children across thestate. Beginning Janu
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ary 1, children under ageeight must be properly buckled into a car seator booster seat, and inthe back seat. Previ
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ously, the law requiredthat children remain in a booster seat until the ageof six or they weighedsixty pounds.“This is an importantnew law that will impactmore than 1.1 millionchildren in California,”said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Ofce of Trafc Safety.“Keeping them in booster seats increas
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es their chance of surviving a crash by45 percent.”A coalition of child trafc safetyorganizations, including the Ofce of Trafc Safety, California Departmentof Public Health, California HighwayPatrol, Safe Kids California, local lawenforcement, public health agenciesand re departments are working to
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gether to make sure all those who needthis updated information will receiveit. Hospitals, day care centers, pediatri
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cians, and local community serviceorganizations are just a few that will betargeted.“Although we know that placingchildren in age- and size-appropriateseats is the best way to reduce seriousand fatal injuries, progressing childrenfrom rear-facing and forward-facingcar seats to booster seats can be confus
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ing,” added Dr. Ron Chapman, Direc
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tor and State Health Ofcer, CaliforniaDepartment of Public Health. “There isa Child Passenger Safety Coordinator available at your local public healthdepartment who can refer you to a t
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Important Changes to CHILD Safe-ty Seat Law Effective January 1
ting station where you can learn how to properly install child safety seats in thefamily car.”The ticket price for violating this lawis signicant. For each child under 16who is not properly secured, parents (if in the car) or the driver, can be ticketedfor more than $475 and receive a viola
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tion point on their driving record.To save emptying your pocketbook or, more importantly,your child’s life,complying with the lawshould be inexpensive.Most children impacted by the new law canremain in the booster seat they already have.If it is necessary to buy a new one, low back boosters can be purchased at major retailers for $15 to $20each.A booster simply“boosts” the child up in order tomake the adult-sized belt safely t achild-sized body. If the belt crossesthe child’s stomach instead of the hip bones, the child can be severely injured by the belt itself if involved in a colli
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sion.A child ts an adult seat belt when:They can sit against thevehicle seat back with their knees bentwithout slouching and can comfortablystay in this position throughout the tripThe lap belt is low on thehips touching the upper thighs andThe shoulder belt crosses thechest, but is not on the face or neck Never let your child put theshoulder belt behind their arm or back.In a crash, the child could sustain ma
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 jor injuries including head and spinalcord injuries. If the child is putting theshoulder belt behind them, this is a signthat they still need a booster For more information about car seats,the new law or help in determining if your child still needs a booster seat,call your local health department or visit www.cdph.ca.gov/vosp
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http://www.ots.ca.gov/Child_Passenger_ Safety.asp

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