Measure to strengthen child restraint systems

OKLAHOMA CITY - Legislation intended to protect Oklahoma children from being killed or maimed in traffic accidents passed the Legislature this week and will be sent to the governor. A House/Senate compromise version of House Bill 1847 by House Democratic Leader Scott Inman, D-Del City, and Senate Minority Leader Randy Bass, D-Lawton, would increase the age requirement for securing a child riding in a motor vehicle: from 6 and younger to 8 and under. The original version of the bill doubled the age to 12. The House approved the proposal Thursday, 52-44, and the Senate passed the bill Friday, 35-6. The final version decrees that when transporting a child under the age of 8 in a motor vehicle: - Children under 4 years of age must be "properly secured" in a rear-facing child passenger restraint system, unless the child exceeds the height and/or weight limits recommended by the car seat manufacturer. (An inexpensive mirror can be installed on a rear-facing car seat to enable the driver to observe the child, Inman said.) - Children at least 4 but younger than 8, if not taller than 4'9" in height, must be secured in either a child passenger restraint system or child booster seat. - If a child is at least 8 or is taller than 4'9", a seat belt "shall be sufficient..." School buses, taxicabs, ambulances and other emergency vehicles would be exempt from the proposed new law. A violation of the proposed new requirements would be a secondary offense, Inman said. Also, the fine for a violation of the proposed new requirements would remain at $50 plus court costs; in the case of a first offense, the fine would be suspended and court costs would be limited to a maximum $15 "upon proof of purchase or acquisition by loan of a child passenger restraint system." Further, the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety "shall not assess points to the driving record of any person convicted" of violating the new law, the bill stipulates. "If we're going to stand up and say kids are vulnerable, we need to put some teeth into the law," Inman said when his bill was first considered on the House floor in March. "The intent of this law is to save as many lives as possible." "Car seats are expensive," a Republican Representative said when the bill was initially debated. "This is going to be a burden on some families." A quality child passenger restraint seat can cost more than $100. "There are multiple programs that will help low-income families get new car seats," replied Inman, who represents a 'blue-collar' district. And if any House member's constituents encountered trouble obtaining a requisite booster seat or car seat, "Call my office," he added. Motor vehicle wrecks are the leading cause of death among children. The federal Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported that more than 9,000 children younger than age 12 died in motor vehicle crashes over the past decade. More than one-third of those children were not "buckled up," the CDC said. Nearly 800 children across the nation aged 1 to 11 died in motor vehicle mishaps in 2013, the CDC announced in its Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System; of those 800 children, 26 of them were Oklahomans. In addition, more than 6,600 Oklahoma children aged 1-11 were passengers in vehicles involved in motor vehicle crashes in 2013; of those children, 28% of them suffered injuries, the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office reported. All 50 states and the District of Columbia have some form of child passenger safety (CPS) laws - and Oklahoma's CPS is one of the weakest, the CDC contends. Oklahoma's CPS law covers children aged 0-5 years; children aged 6 to 12, weighing 40 pounds and over, are allowed to ride in the rear seat strapped in with only a lap/shoulder belt. HB 1847 would move Oklahoma into the highest-rated category. The changes proposed in the measure "reflect American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations for child passenger safety," Inman said. Research shows that use of a child safety seat reduces the risk of death by 71% for infants younger than 1 year of age, and by 54% for toddlers aged 1-4. Booster seat use reduces the risk of serious injury among children aged 4 to 8 by 45%, compared with seat belt use alone. An infant facing forward is 75% more likely to die in a car wreck than if the child is positioned facing backward, Inman told his House colleagues. The provisions of HB 1847 are endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatricians, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the American Automobile Association, Inman said. -30-

MIKE W. RAY Media Director, Democratic Caucus Oklahoma House of Representatives (405) 962-7819 office (405) 245-4411 mobile

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US 81 and CR 1280 MVA

PERSONAL INJURY COLLISION NEXT OF KIN NOTIFIED

OCCURRED AT 2235 HOURS, 05-17-2015, US 81/ CR 1280 IN GRADY COUNTY, OKLAHOMA

VEHICLE 1: 2007 FORD SUV DRIVEN BY: KEOSHA RICHIE (SIC) B/F AGE: 32 ADDRESS: CHICKASHA, OKLAHOMA TRANSPORTED TO GRADY COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL BY CHICKASHA EMS ADMITTED WITH LEG INJURY LISTED IN GOOD CONDITION.

PASSENGER 1: JFRICA RICHIE (SIC) B/M AGE: 38 ADDRESS: CHICKASHA, OKLAHOMA TRANSPORTED TO GRADY COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL BY CHICKASHA EMS TREATED AND RELEASED WITH HEAD INJURY

VEHICLE 2: 2014 CHEVY 4DR DRIVEN BY: ERICA MCBRIDE (SIC) W/F AGE: 33 ADDRESS: DEL CITY, OKLAHOMA TRANSPORTED TO GRADY COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL BY CHICKASHA EMS TRANSFERRED TO OU MEDICAL CENTER BY MEDI FLIGHT ADMITTED WITH HEAD, TRUNK INTERNAL, TRUNK EXTERNAL AND LEG INJURIES LISTED IN GOOD CONDITION.

WHAT HAPPENED: VEHICLE 1 SOUTH BOUND ON US 81, VEHICLE 2 NORTH BOUND ON US 81, VEHICLE 2 ATTEMPTED TO MAKE A LEFT HAND TURN ONTO 1280 AND FAILED TO YIELD TO VEHICLE 1. VEHICLE 1 STRUCK VEHICLE 2 HEAD ON.

DRIVER #1 CONDITION: 01 APPARENTLY NORMAL DRIVER #2 CONDITION: 05 UNDER INFLUENCE OF MEDICATION CAUSE OF COLLISION: 09 TO VEHICLE IN INTERSECTION

SEATBELTS: EQUIPPED AND IN USE BOTH VEHICLES AIRBAGS: EQUIPPED AND DEPLOYED BOTH VEHICLES HELMETS: NA

WEATHER: CLOUDY ROADWAY: 2 LANE ASPHALT PINNED: NONE EJECTED: NONE DOT NUMBER: NA

INVESTIGATED BY: TROOPER TYLER SHELBY #619, GRADY COUNTY DETACHMENT ASSISTED BY GRADY COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT, GRADY COUNTY FIRE.

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Motor Vehicle Accident

Lisa Hatchett PIO for the Grady County Sheriff's office was involved in an accident at the intersection of Hwy 19 and Windsor Drive around 4:00 p.m. this afternoon.

Ms. Hatchett was Eastbound on Hwy 19, had slowed to make a left turn onto Windsor Drive when her vehicle was struck from behind by a pickup driven by Bruce Heusel a Ninnekah resident.

Mr Heusel was treated at the scene then continued on his way after the investigation. Ms. Hatchett was transported by Chickasha EMS with unknown injuries although she was alert and conscious.

Ninnekah PD, GCSO, Ninnekah Fire as well as Chickasha Fire/EMS, Chickasha PD responded to the scene.

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  • By Editor on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 9:54:29 p.m. (VIEW)

Chickasha Police Department Activity

05.21.2015

James Hartline stole a memory card, returned it, got money, and then got caught. He was arrested for Petit Larceny of Merchandise from a Retailer and Fraudulently Obtaining Money by Fraudulent Representation

Johm Mayes was arrested for Driving Under Suspension and Failure to Wear Seatbelt at the intersection of U.S. Hwy 62 and Grand Avenue.

Malien Givens was arrested for Malicious Destruction of Another's Property in the 1200 Block of South 1st Street.

Maria Givens ws arrested for Public Intoxication and Threatening to Perform an Act of Violence in the 1400 Block of Sherperd Street.

A Domestic Abuse report was taken at 2117 South 12th Street.

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SUMMER READING PROGRAM at the CHICKASHA PUBLIC LIBRARY

The Summer Reading Program is a national annual program designed to keep students engaged during times when school is not in session. Studies show that participation in the Summer Reading Program improves reading skills and helps students avoid learning loss during the "Summer Slide."

The 2015 Summer Reading Program theme is "Every Hero Has A Story."

Participants will receive rewards for reading and keeping track of their reading throughout the summer. The library will offer a variety of programs that will include books about superheroes, local heroes and heroes from history.

Programs will also include games, crafts and other activities.

Programs will take place every Thursday starting June 4th and run throughout June and July. These programs will be Thursdays at 10:00AM for kids 6 to 11 and at 2:00 PM for ages 12 and up.

Summer Reading Program sign up day is Thursday, May 28th from 10:00AM to 5:00PM. This will be an all day event with games set up in the library's meeting room.

This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and the Friends of the Chickasha Public Library.

Please feel free to call the library at 222-6075 with any questions.

David DeShong

Youth Services Librarian

Chickasha Public Library

527 W Iowa Ave

Chickasha, OK 73018

405-222-6075

"A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for." - John A. Shedd

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Veterans Memorial Day Program

Due to the expected rain on Monday, The Veterans Memorial Day Program will be held at 11:00am at the Chickasha Elks Lodge, 1818 County Club Road. Please put a notice in the Chickasha Now.

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CHS Names 2015 Drum Majors

The Chickasha High School Band Director has named the Drum Majors for the 2015-2016 School Year. Kristen Kern, Elizabeth Wilson, and Allison Crutchfield have been awarded this honor. Earlier this year the CHS band performed at Disneyworld in Orlando Florida. Congratulations ladies!

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Red Cross tips on flooding precautions

The American Red Cross Urges Oklahoma to Remain Prepared for Floods Download the Free Emergency App to Stay Safe

Oklahoma, Thursday, May 21, 2015- May is turning into one of the wettest months for Oklahoma thanks to non-stop heavy rain. There has already been flooding in the state and the American Red Cross encourages families to remain prepared for flooding and flash flooding to stay safe. As with any disaster, preparation can be the difference between life and death. The Red Cross recommends that individuals and families prepare for floods by:

* Downloading the free Red Cross Emergency to your mobile device. This all-inclusive app provides expert advice on what to do in case of disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, home fires, wildfires and more. The free Emergency App is available in app stores for smartphones and tablets by searching for the American Red Cross or by going to redcross.org/apps. It covers 14 different types of disasters and lets users customize more than 35 emergency alerts so that they will know what to do no matter where they live or travel. The app has a Spanish language toggle switch and can be downloaded by visiting redcross.org/apps.

* Creating and practicing a Disaster Plan: Talk to everyone in your household about what to do if a flood occurs. Decide where you would meet and who you would contact in case of flooding. Assemble and maintain an emergency preparedness kit. Be prepared to evacuate your family and pets at a moment's notice. To locate the nearest Red Cross emergency shelter, check your flood app or visit redcross.org/shelter. Listen to area radio and television stations for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress.

* Assembling an Emergency Preparedness Kit: Kits should contain a first aid kit and a seven-day supply of essential medications, foods that don't require cooking or refrigeration and manual can opener, bottled water, flashlights and a battery-powered radio with extra batteries, copies of important documents like your insurance policies, cell phone chargers, family and emergency contact information, maps of the area and other emergency items for the whole family.

* Heeding Flood Warnings: Listen to your local radio and TV stations for updated flood information. A flood WATCH means flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area. A food WARNING means flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area. When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.

* Relocating During Flood Warnings: Stay away from flood waters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankle, stop, turn around and go another way. If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.

* Keep children and pets out of the water, as they are curious and can be harmed by flowing or contaminated water.

* Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.

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Fatality in Caddo County

AT 22:07 HOURS, 05/20/2015, ON COUNTY ROAD 1410, 1/2 MILE EAST OF COUNTY STREET 2720 IN CADDO COUNTY

VEHICLE 1: 2004 FORD PICKUP DRIVEN BY: VICTORIA GAYLE PIERCE (SIC) WHITE / FEMALE AGE: 47 ADDRESS: CEMENT, OK NOT INJURED

PEDESTRIAN: IDENTITY IS PENDING INVESTIGATION PRONOUNCED DEAD AT THE SCENE FROM MASSIVE HEAD AND TRUNK INTERNAL INJURIES TRANSPORTED TO SEVIER FUNERAL HOME OF CHICKASHA

WHAT HAPPENED: VEHICLE 1 WAS WESTBOUND ON COUNTY ROAD 1410, TOPPED THE HILL AND STRUCK A PEDESTRIAN THAT WAS LYING IN THE ROADWAY.

DRIVER #1 CONDITION: (01) APPARENTLY NORMAL PEDESTRIAN CONDITION: PENDING INVESTIGATION CAUSE OF COLLISION: (99) PEDESTRIAN IN ROADWAY

SEATBELTS: EQUIPPED AND IN USE VEHICLE 1 AIRBAGS: EQUIPPED, DID NOT DEPLOY

WEATHER: CLOUDY ROADWAY: DRY, TWO LANE UNDIVIDED ASPHALT PINNED: NONE EJECTED: NONE

INVESTIGATED BY: TROOPER RUSTY RUSSELL # 695 WITH THE GRADY COUNTY DETACHMENT

ASSISTED BY: LT. JOE D. WILLIAMS #114, TROOPER JAMES JEWELL #534 AND TROOPER CHRIS BLACK #206.

OTHER AGENCIES: CADDO COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT, CEMENT POLICE DEPARTMENT AND ANADARKO EMS

"THIS REPORT IS BASED ON THE TROOPER'S INVESTIGATION OF THIS COLLISION. IT MAY CONTAIN THE OPINION OF THE TROOPER."

AUTH: TROOPER RUSTY RUSSELL # 695 OKLAHOMA HIGHWAY PATROL TROOP G, LAWTON OPER: BRANDON JOHNSON

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2 Pontiacs share same spot on highway 81

A Pontiac a Grand Am and a Pontiac Grand Prix shared the same spot of roadway near the intersection of highway 81 and 277 8:11 a.m. this morning. One victim was transported by Chickasha EMS while others were treated at the scene.

Units from Chickasha Fire/EMS, Grady County Sheriff, Ninnekah Police as well as Ninnekah Station from GCFD quickly converged on the accident scene with a sense of urgency since the initial call indicated that some of the victims were children.

It Is believed that most of the injuries were minor.

The roadway was cleared within a 40 minute time frame.

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