INDOT and State Police Reminding Drivers to Move Over, Slow Down for Emergency Workers


first_imgGovernor Eric Holcomb has proclaimed April 3-7 as Work Zone Awareness Week in Indiana. The week marks the ceremonial start to the highway construction season and intends to draw awareness to both motorist and worker safety in work zones.Not all “work zones” on the road involve construction, but all workers on the road deserve attentive and cautious drivers — especially in emergency situations. Indiana’s Move Over Laws are intended to protect workers performing their necessary duties on Indiana’s roadways.As soon as drivers see flashing emergency lights, they should reduce their speed and increase the distance from the vehicle in front of them. This increases visibility and the ability to safely react to whatever situation is ahead.On multiple-lane highways, change lanes away from the emergency vehicle if it is safe to do so. This provides a safer space for workers and also helps approaching traffic to better see the emergency vehicle.If it is not safe to change lanes, drivers should reduce their speed at least 10 mph under the posted speed limit, move as far away as possible within their lane, and proceed with caution.Motorists should not stop in the road because this can cause a chain reaction of rear-end collisions with other vehicles. MOVE OVER and/or SLOW DOWN.As you are driving, look well ahead and watch for these vehicles:Police vehiclesAmbulancesFire trucks and rescue equipmentIncident-response vehicles such as Hoosier HelpersHighway maintenance vehiclesUtility service vehiclesVehicle recovery equipment such as tow trucksGarbage trucksViolating the law can result in a fine and a license suspension of up to two years if the driver causes damage to emergency equipment, and causing injury or death of an emergency worker can result in a prison sentence.Even though Indiana’s Move Over Laws state that motorists must move over and yield for only emergency vehicles, drivers should also always be courteous to those who are broken down on the shoulder. Give them room so that they can safely repair their vehicles. Be a courteous driver and help prevent tragedy.An ISP/INDOT Public Service Announcement video concerning highway construction and work zone safety is available at INDOT and State Police Reminding Drivers to Move Over, Slow Down for Emergency Workers FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Brighter futures adolescent health symposium organized to address issues affecting adolescents


first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share 17 Views   no discussionscenter_img LocalNews Brighter futures adolescent health symposium organized to address issues affecting adolescents by: – October 17, 2011 Share Image via: asiahope.blogspot.comHealthy Youth – Brighter Futures is an initiative of the Ministry of Health in partnership with the Ministries of Youth Affairs, Education and Community Development. The Adolescent Health Survey (2004) revealed a number of issues including poor sexual and reproductive health choices, alcohol use, violence, accidents and obesity which threaten the health of young people of Dominica. The 2009 Dominica Global School Health Survey (GSHS) which measured alcohol use; dietary behaviors; drug use; mental health; physical activity; sexual behaviors; and violence and unintentional injury revealed the need to take urgent corrective action in these areas. The National Strategic Plan for Dominica 2010- 2019 also identifies several areas of concern including the absence of a national body dealing with matters germane to adolescents, lack of organized programmes, narrow view of educators, poor negotiating skills and limited preparation for adulthood and society.Consequently, in order to make progress in improving adolescent health, a combination of perspectives and approaches is needed, since Adolescent health encompasses not only the prevention and treatment of disease and disability, but also behavioural and social issues. Issues of safety, social relationships, self-esteem, education and skill development all figure into healthy adolescent development. The goal of the project is that adolescents and youth will receive timely and effective health promotion, prevention and care through integrated health systems and inter- sectoral collaboration.The objective is to develop and strengthen the health systems delivery of timely and effective health promotion, disease prevention and care for adolescents and youth using a life cycle approach.The project will be carried out in four (4) phases:Phase 1: National consultation involving a wide range of stakeholders to present summary of findings from GSHS and GYTS, collect information on services various groups currently offer to adolescents and youth, identify gaps and agree on a Plan of Action. A National committee will be formed to address the needs of Adolescents with various sub committees for special areas.Phase 2: Compile Situation Analysis using results from various surveys completed in the last five years including the GSHS, GYTS, Adolescent Health survey and information from consultation.Phase 3: Develop Adolescent Health Policy and PlanPhase 4: Establish integrated Adolescent Health Programmes with special emphasis on the male adolescent.Press Releaselast_img read more