Now that Christmas has passed, the rush to return gifts that are too small, too big or just not right begins. Many retailers are opening at the early hours of December 26, and consumers appear ready. In fact, after Christmas sales represent a good proportion of holiday sales.
The word "selfie" has reached a prominent status in pop culture lexicon. It has been dubbed "Word of the Year 2013" and use of the word has increased 17,000 percent (not kidding) over the last year according to Oxford Dictionaries. However, the specter of drivers taking selfies while behind the wheel has grabbed the attention of the American Automobile Association (AAA).
With winter weather easing into the Roanoke area, driving is expected to become a bit more difficult as the calendar creeps closer to the official start of winter (on or about December 22). The unfortunate (and expected) result is that more accidents will occur.
The winter driving season brings a number of hazards that drivers must be aware of, including snowy roads, black ice and fog. While these hazards compel drivers to slow down and be vigilant about their surroundings, it creates added emphasis on safety for young children riding in cars.
Virginia parents may be interested to learn about how a mother who lost her 11-year-old daughter due to hospital negligence has advocated for a new law to prevent the same thing from happening to other surgical patients. Following an elective surgery at a prestigious hospital, the young girl was given continuous opiod medication but was not continuously monitored.