A decade ago, local producer/director/writer Jennifer Boyd’s documentary Teens Behind the Wheel brought an EMMY Award and generated impactful airing on Connecticut Public Television and PBS, along with much discussion on news programs and increased awareness at driving schools across the country. Well, it’s a decade later, and technology has provided the foundation for […]
The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System was designed to focus the nation on behaviors among youth related to the leading causes of mortality and morbidity among both youth and adults and to assess how these risk behaviors change over time.
In Connecticut, the times they are a changin’. Data released this week by the state […]
The child poverty rate in Connecticut’s rural areas, 7.8 percent, is the lowest in the nation. It is considerably higher in urban areas, 13.1 percent, which ranks 12th among the states. Overall, in an assessment of where childhood is most and least threatened, Connecticut ranks 5th, according to Save the Children, the Fairfield-based organization that […]
The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is the time when motorists are more likely to be injured or killed in fatal crashes involving a teen driver. It is described as the “100 deadliest days,” by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
More than 1,000 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers in […]
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) this week recommended to states that all new large school buses be equipped with both lap and shoulder seatbelts, the first time such a recommendation has been issued for the vehicles by the agency. The board also recommended requiring collision-avoidance systems and automatic emergency brakes on new school buses, […]
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has sent out warning letters to 40 retailers in 17 states – including four in Connecticut – as part of a “concerted effort to ensure youth are not able to access” e-cigarettes – specifically responding to what officials describe as the “surging youth uptake” of JUUL products.
According to […]
The WorkSmart Hartford Summit, one of the largest complimentary Business and IT conferences in New England & New York, is all about staying ahead of the curve with business and technology. The Summit, to be held on May 10 at the Connecticut Convention Center, comes amidst heightened interest in cybersecurity and related IT issues.
At the beginning of this month, Connecticut State Police investigated a hit and run car crash that killed one person on I-84 near exit 2 in Danbury. Less than a week later, in Middletown, a person sought in a hit and run accident that resulted in a death last November was arrested. Just two […]
School resource officers (SROs) are sworn police officers who typically perform a number of community policing roles to make schools safer for students and staff, including community liaison, mentor, role model, and law enforcement officer. A new report from the Connecticut Office of Legislative Research (OLR), looked at nearly 70 Connecticut school districts with at […]
The statistics were stark and unsettling, featured in an informational display in the corridor connecting the State Capitol and the Legislative Office Building, in the midst of Sexual Assault Awareness Month:
77% of victims in Connecticut know their perpetrators In 2016, the estimated cost of sexual violence in Connecticut was $5,762,944.30, including lost wages and […]
In 2012-13, 111 of Connecticut’s 169 towns had at least one death attributable to opioids, and one city, Hartford, had more than 100 deaths that were caused by the drug. Just four years later, in 2016-17, 138 towns saw at least one death during the two-year period, an increase of 24 percent, and the number […]
The death rate from firearms in Connecticut is fifth lowest in the nation, according to data compiled by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The state follows Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and Hawaii. Connecticut’s 4.6 deaths per 100,000 residents, is slightly higher than Massachusetts’ nation-lowest 3.4 deaths. And now Massachusetts U.S. Senator Ed […]
Project inspection and oversite for the rehabilitation of the southbound Gold Star Bridge structure on I-95 in New London and Groton, due to be completed later this year, is being conducted by the Connecticut Department of Transportation and FIGG Bridge Inspection. FIGG, whose logo appears prominently on the website devoted to providing the public with […]
As students at schools across Connecticut held local observances in memory of the 17 students killed one month ago at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, the Connecticut Association of School Administrators released the results of a survey of its members on proposals to arm teachers and administrators as a means of combating […]