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January 2019 Archives

Orangutan injures thumb of zoo volunteer

A zoo volunteer was injured on Jan. 19 in an incident with an orangutan. The story could be of interest to zoo workers in California because it shows the risks that they run in their jobs. The zoo volunteer, together with two paid staff members, entered the area where orangutans were being fed. There, a 14-year-old male orangutan reached out and bit the volunteer's hand, detaching her thumb in a matter of seconds.

Drivers using phones in ways that increase accident risks

These days, drivers in California and other parts of the United States are doing many things on their phones other than talking. Even though drivers aren't having verbal conversations on their devices as much, they're actually fiddling with them more. This is the main takeaway from an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study that compares survey data from 2014 and 2018.

Why being lost in thought can be dangerous while driving

Drivers in California should make it a point to not get lost in thought while on the road. This is because daydreaming can be one of the most dangerous activities for a driver. However, it can be difficult to avoid boredom while behind the wheel because it's such a monotonous task. While self-driving cars may make it easier to avoid distraction in the long run, it could make distracted driving worse in the short-term.

19-car crash in San Bernardino County ends in numerous injuries

Shortly after 9 am on January 16, 2019, a 19-car crash took place on the southbound 15 Freeway in San Bernardino County, just south of Oak Hills, causing that side of the freeway to be shut down. Residents of Riverside County may have heard of the event or experienced the traffic jam that it led to. There were no fatalities, but according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department, 35 people suffered minor to moderate injuries.

Drowsy driving a major challenge in ridesharing industry

Ridesharing drivers in California often face a major challenge in sleep deprivation. Compelled by low fares and salary incentives, many drivers push themselves past their safety limits. This wreaks havoc on the circadian rhythms of their bodies and endangers both themselves and other motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Zoo worker dies during lion attack

California residents may have heard that a 22-year-old North Carolina zoo worker was killed by a lion that had escaped its enclosure. The attack took place at the Conservators Center in Burlington, a short distance from Greensboro. The worker was cleaning the lion's enclosure early in the morning, a routine event that takes place each day. The lion somehow managed to escape from the area where it was being held and attacked the worker.