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Chaz and AJ Weblog - 6/19/13

GUESTS:
Dr. Patty Ann - Relationship Expert in to offer advice on Anger Management, while taking questions on that issue from the Tribe.
Hot Summer Fun at Mohegan Sun - Lindsay Santoro-Cady, Mohegan's Nightlife Manager and Kim Miller, Mohegan's PR Specialist were in with goodies and giveaways for the kick-off of Mohegan Sun's, "Hot Summer Fun."
AJ's TOP 10 LIST:
Texting, calling, and operating all kinds of electronics are once again front and center at the State DOT. It's part of a new drive to get people to take their hands off their tech and keep their eyes on the road. Starting this Tomorrow, extra officers will be looking and issuing tickets to help convince you to put down the phone while behind the wheel. "I think it's not so much people not getting it," said Edmund Hedge Jr., CT DOT. "I think it's a nature of habit."
TOP 10: Most Dangerous Distracted Driving Habits
1) Talking on the Phone - driving under the influence of a cell phone, be it handheld or hands-free, impairs driver reaction to the same level as being at the legal limit for blood alcohol content of .08 [source: stoptextsstopwrecks.org]. 
2) Daydreaming - driving a car equates to operating heavy machinery. Just as you wouldn't expect a crane operator to drift off while hoisting tons of metal beams overhead, responsible driving means maintaining focus.
3) Texting and Updating Social Media - you're 23 times more likely to crash if you text while driving.
4) Watching Roadside Diversions (Rubber-necking) - at 55 miles per hour, a car can cover half the length of a football field in about 4 seconds. So while your attention is focused on something else on the road, there's plenty of time for a driver to cut in front of you.
5) Fiddling with Entertainment and Onboard Electronics - just because manufacturers and aftermarket companies make high-tech gadgets you can play with while driving doesn't mean you should.
6) Driving While Drowsy - nearly 41 percent of drivers say they've fallen asleep behind the wheel at some point or another, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
7) Keeping an Eye on the Kids - young children are four times as distracting as adults, while infants can be a whopping eight times more distracting, the AAA Foundation reports. Think carefully about stealing a few seconds' glance to investigate while at cruising speed.
8) Tending to Fido or Kitty - the last thing you need is an animal roaming around inside your vehicle while you drive. For the same reasons you wouldn't want people shuffling around the cramped passenger compartment, pets should be secured. It's safer for them, you and others outside your vehicle.
9) Applying Makeup or Grooming - you may have gotten away with eyebrow plucking on the interstate up until now, but just remember that it's always a gamble.
10) Eating and Drinking - you could spill scalding coffee on your lap, Greasy hands or one-handed driving means less control of the steering wheel and shifter 
(Driving while intoxicated (drinking & driving) is not mentioned because it's not listed as a habit, it's listed as a crime.)
IMPOSSIBLE TRIVIA:
Q: It's not a picnic… unless you bring along this. What is it? 
A: A Frisbee (according to a survey)

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