Study: Young Millennials Top List Of Worst Behaved Drivers

A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 88 percent of young millennials engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days, earning the top spot of worst behaved U.S. drivers.

These dangerous behaviors ― which increase crash risk ― included texting while driving, red-light running and speeding. These findings come as U.S. traffic deaths rose to 35,092 in 2015, an increase of more than 7 percent, the largest single-year increase in five decades.

“Alarmingly, some of the drivers ages 19-24 believe that their dangerous driving behavior is acceptable,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast Director of Public and Legislative Affairs. “It’s critical that these drivers understand the potentially deadly consequences of engaging in these types of behaviors and that they change their behavior and attitudes in order to reverse the growing number of fatalities on U.S. roads.”

By rank and by age group, the percentage of drivers who reported engaging in speeding, red light running or texting behind the wheel in the past 30 days include:

  1. Drivers ages 19-24: 88.4 percent
  2. Drivers ages 25-39: 79.2 percent
  3. Drivers ages 40-59: 75.2 percent
  4. Drivers ages 16-18: 69.3 percent
  5. Drivers ages 75+:    69.1 percent
  6. Drivers ages 60-74: 67.3 percent

Texting While Driving

  • Drivers ages 19-24 were 1.6 times as likely as all drivers to report having read a text message or e-mail while driving in the last 30 days (66.1 percent vs. 40.2 percent).
  • Drivers ages 19-24 were nearly twice as likely as all drivers to report having typed or sent a text message or e-mail while driving (59.3 percent vs. 31.4 percent).

Speeding

  • Drivers ages 19-24 were 1.4 times as likely as all drivers to report having driven 10 mph over the speed limit on a residential street.
  • Nearly 12 percent of drivers ages 19-24 reported feeling that it is acceptable to drive 10 mph over the speed limit in a school zone, compared to less than 5 percent of all drivers. 

Red- Light Running

  • Nearly 50 percent of drivers ages 19-24 reported driving through a light that had just turned red when they could have stopped safely, compared to 36 percent of all drivers.
  • Nearly 14 percent of drivers ages 19-24 reported feeling that it is acceptable to drive through a light that just turned red, when they could have stopped safely, compared to about 6 percent of all drivers.

The new survey results are part of the AAA Foundation’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index, which identifies attitudes and behaviors related to traffic safety. The survey data are from a sample of 2,511 licensed drivers ages 16 and older who reported driving in the past 30 days. The AAA Foundation issued its first Traffic Safety Culture Index in 2008, and the latest report is online at www.AAAFoundation.org.

Established by AAA in 1947, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, publicly-supported charitable educational and research organization. Dedicated to saving lives and reducing injuries on our roads, the Foundation’s mission is to prevent crashes and save lives through research and education about traffic safety. The Foundation has funded over 300 research projects designed to discover the causes of traffic crashes, prevent them and minimize injuries when they do occur.  Visit www.AAAFoundation.org for more information on this and other research.

 

AAA Northeast is a not-for-profit auto club with 61 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire and New York, providing more than 2 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services.

 
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BBB Offers Tips For 2017 Tax Season

By PAULA FLEMING

With another tax season underway, Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern MA, ME, RI, & VT (BBB) is encouraging taxpayers to take their time finding and selecting a tax preparer they can trust to avoid mistakes that could result in additional fees or even tax identity theft.

According to BBB Scam Tracker, BBB received more than 7,880 complaints against tax return preparation businesses across the United States and Canada in 2016. Common complaints state that the tax preparer made errors in their return which resulted in fines and fees. Other complaints allege customer service, billing and contract issues.

“Filing taxes is a major financial transaction for not only consumers, but businesses as well,” said Paula Fleming, Chief Marketing & Sales Officer for the local BBB. “With the tax season underway, the findings in our investigation are beneficial for the community. Taxpayers should be aware of the best practices they can take to make the process as stress-free as possible.”

BBB recently ran an industry investigation on tax preparers, asking BBB Accredited tax service businesses what advice they have for taxpayers. The following tips will help consumers search for reliable tax preparers and avoid certain issues that can arise from choosing an unreliable tax preparer.

Use Your Resources:

“Resources available to locate credentialed preparers are the IRS, NATP, and NAEA websites.” – Thomas P. Levins, Jr., Owner of Thomas P. Levins Jr. Tax & Business Services.

“Receiving referrals from friends, family or professional advisers you trust can be very helpful when choosing a new tax preparer.” – Megan Smith, Director of Marketing of Costantino Richards Rizzo, LLP.

“Look out for pop-up businesses that open in January and are gone in April. They probably will not be available to help you if the need arises.” – Jeffrey E. Simpson, Owner of America’s Hometown Tax Service, LLC.

Check Registry & Licenses:

“Be sure the tax preparer is registered with the IRS and can represent clients whose returns they have prepared and signed.” – Lucia Mezzomo, President of INSTAnT Agency.

“First and foremost, we recommend that the person preparing the returns (not just the principle owners) have a valid license as an Enrolled Agent or CPA.  If a preparer does not have one of these licenses, the preparer will not be culpable for preparation errors to their respective policing agencies (Department of Treasury, State Accounting Boards, etc.) nor will they have proper Errors and Omissions insurance.” – Kenneth L Allen, Owner of Tax Resolution Specialists, Inc.

Understand The Refunds:

“Be wary if they promise you a bigger refund, before even looking at your tax records. Be wary if they want you to sign a blank or unfinished return, or offer to you to deposit your refund into their personal bank account.” – Michael Kisembo, President of Multi Professional Consultants.

“You should never hire someone who charges percentages of your refund for their fees.  Fees should never be based on what is rightfully yours for refund, it should be based on the amount of work and professionalism included in that work provided.” – Igor Gomes, President of  Genesis Tax House.

Click here for more information and tips on handling the 2017 tax season from your local BBB. Check us out on Facebook or follow us on Instagram.

Paula Fleming is Chief Marketing & Sales Officer for Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern MA, ME, RI & VT.  Find Paula on Google+.

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Telecommunications Founder Keynote Speaker At Chamber Of Commerce Meeting

Granite Telecommunications Co-Founder and President Rob Hale will be the keynote speaker at the Quincy Chamber of Commerce annual meeting Thursday, March 9 at the Boston Marriott Quincy hotel, 1000 Marriott Dr., Quincy.

Rob Hale

Rob Hale

The doors to the business showcase open at 4 p.m. and the event is open to the public. The event will continue until 8 p.m. Hale is expected to speak around 7 p.m.

The business showcase traditionally attracts over 400 attendees.

Granite Telecommunications, LLC, is a communications company headquartered in Quincy. Founded in 2002, Granite now has over 1.5 million business telephone lines under management, annual revenues exceeding $1.2 billion and employs over 1,700 employees.

The company provides voice and data communications products and services over two thirds of Fortune 100, including 18 of the top 20 retailers in the United States. Granite has been recognized as one of the most philanthropic companies in Massachusetts.

Hale has been recognized as a leading entrepreneur by several organizations and publications. He has been recognized by Boston Business Journal-Power 50, which salutes the 50 most powerful people in Boston. For his long-time commitment to the lifesaving mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, Hale was awarded the Boston Red Sox Jimmy Fund Award. He has also received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and has been saluted as one of the 25 most influential people in American telecom multiple times.

Hale also owns FoxRock Properties, a Boston-based real estate firm with over 2 million square feet of commercial space. He also founded Copley Equity Partners, a private equity firm that invests in small and middle market businesses with significant growth prospects.

Hale is an owner and director of the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association and owner of the Boston Cannons of Major League Lacrosse.

Hale has held or holds leadership roles at Boston Children’s Hospital, The Massachusetts Soldier’s Legacy Fund, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Deerfield Academy, Connecticut College and Brigham & Women’s Hospital where he currently co-chairs the $1.5B Life.Giving.Breakthroughs. Campaign.

Hale and his wife Karen were honored by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation with the Inaugural Carolyn Lynch Humanitarian Award last month. Hale lives in the Boston area with his wife and three children.

Tickets are $40 per person and includes access to the business showcase as well as the keynote speaker presentation. There will also be a light buffet and cash bar.

To purchase tickets call 617-471-1700 or visit TheQuincyChamber.com.

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Parent & Tot Recreation Program Saturday Begins Jan. 21

The Quincy Recreation Department announces a Parent & Tot recreation program, Tot Time, will be held for six Saturday mornings beginning Jan. 21st for Quincy residents.

“Parents requested this new program which will have activity that is designed to provide toddlers the opportunity to enjoy indoor play during the cold winter months,” said Recreation Director Barry Welch. “At the same time, parents can socialize and network with others who have children of the same age.”

The Tot Time program will be conducted at the Fore River Clubhouse on Nevada Road in Quincy Point from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and is open to children age 2 through those not yet enrolled in kindergarten.  The department will provide age appropriate toddler play equipment and gym mats with leaders to guide play.

Parents or guardians are required to remain at the facility.  The Recreation Department will brew hot coffee for the adults, and encourages parents to provide appropriate snacks for their own children.

The cost for the full six week program is $25 and $10 for each additional child in the same family with a $40 maximum. If paid weekly at the program, the cost is $5 for the first child and $2 for each additional child in the same family with a maximum of $8 per family per week.

Tot Time  will be held on consecutive Saturdays with no program held on Presidents Day holiday weekend, Saturday, Feb. 18th. Cancellations due to weather will be made up at the conclusion of the program.

Registration for the full six week program can be done online at www.QuincyRec.com or in person at the program. Daily or monthly registration can be done in person at the program.

For additional information, call the Quincy Recreation Department at (617) 376-1394 or visit www.QuincyRec.com.

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DA Morrissey, MIAA Remove Barrier For Athletes To Get Help

Norfolk DA Michael Morrissey has worked with the MIAA to eliminate a substantial barrier between high school athletes who are struggling with substance use and the help they need.

“We know from our investigations of overdose deaths in Norfolk County that many of those dying today got hooked on opiate pain pills years earlier – often following high school sports injuries,” District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said. “Until now, a student would face suspension from any team they were on if they came forward to ask for help.”

As part of his work with local high schools to screen high school students for possible problems with opiates, District Attorney Morrissey petitioned the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association to change its substance abuse rules in May of 2014. The change has now taken effect, and Page 61 now reads: “Prior to any chemical health violation a student’s request for and enrollment in a substance abuse treatment shall not in and of itself constitute a violation of the chemical health/alcohol/drugs/tobacco Rule 62.”

Morrissey also provided Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) training to 80 school nurses, athletic trainers and athletic directors from across the county at a December 16, 2015 seminar in Canton. That event gained publicity because it also included training on the administration of the overdose reversal drug naloxone.

“It is important as a state, and as individual communities, that we concentrate not only on the crime and death associated with full blown addiction, but also that we put thinking and resources into preventing addictions from taking root,” DA Morrissey said. “This change to the MIAA’s rules erases another barrier between young people and getting help.”

See also:

http://www.mass.gov/da/norfolk/Press_Releases/12-16-15_School%20nurses%20train%20in%20opiate%20screening%20and%20overdose%20reversal.pdf

And, at P. 61:

http://www.miaa.net/gen/miaa_generated_bin/documents/basic_module/MIAAHandbook1517.pdf

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