Wednesday, November 06, 2019

According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. It is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. Blood and platelets cannot be manufactured; it can only come from volunteer owners.

The American Red Cross provides about 40% of our nation’s blood and blood components. Supply can’t always meet the demand because only about 3% of age-eligible people donate blood yearly. Below please find some blood supply statistics listed by the American Red Cross:

  1.  Each year, an estimated 6.8 million people in the U.S. donate blood.
  2. 13.6 million whole blood and red blood cells are collected in the U.S. in a year.
  3. About 45% of people in the U.S. have Group O (positive or negative) blood.
  4. Type O negative red cells can be given to patients of all blood types. Because only 7% of people in the U.S. are type O negative, it’s always in great demand and often in short supply.
  5. Type AB positive plasma can be transfused to patients of all blood types. Since only 3% of people in the U.S. have AB positive blood, this plasma is usually in short supply.

If you would like to donate blood, please visit your local American Red Cross or go to their website to make an appointment (redcrossblood.org). This lifesaving care starts with one person making a generous donation.


Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Halloween is a time for costumes, scary movies, and candy. Sometimes Halloween celebrations can turn frightening when they contain alcohol and driving. Here are some scary Halloween drunk driving statistics from the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA):

  • During the Halloween night (6 p.m. October 31 to 5:59 a.m. November 1) during the years 2013-2017, there were 158 people killed in drunk-driving crashes.
  • During Halloween night from 2013-2017, 42% of those killed were in traffic crashes that involved at least one drunk driver.
  • During the 2017 Halloween night (6 p.m. October 31 to 5:59 a.m. November 1), there were 11 vehicle occupants and three pedestrians killed in drunk-driving crashes.

Make sure the pumpkins are the only thing smashed on Halloween. If you or someone else becomes intoxicated at a Halloween celebration, do not drive. Use a car ride service or a taxi. Halloween memories should be happy not tragic.


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

We apologize for the delay experienced late Monday afternoon/evening on the Causeway. At 4:11 PM, one of our Motorist Assistance Patrollers (MAP) driving north bound sighted and reported a possible breakdown on the south bound bridge. Three minutes later our Officers and MAP arrived on a three car crash at the 14.5 mile mark blocking both lanes. Tragically, one of the occupants was crushed and perished.

Rubber necking from the northbound bridge began immediately. Curiosity is natural but slowing down on a high speed roadway to look at a tragedy is dangerous. Some selfish individuals even tried to film on smart phones. During peak traffic hours like last night, this induced backups all the way to the south shore. The delay was compounded by three separate breakdowns in northbound traffic that required help during the same period.

Our first responders are excellent and typically on scene in just a few minutes. Their fast action last night prevented more injuries. Please remember that if your vehicle has flat on the Causeway to keep driving to a crossover or shoulder. If you can’t make it to a crossover/shoulder, exit the vehicle immediately and stand on the curb behind your vehicle.

Nothing is more precious than life and every life has a face. As always, last night we were trying our best to prevent crashes and save lives. We’re sorry too that our traffic advisories last night were not as timely/detailed as we’d like.