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January 2015 Archives

Connecticut patient files claim for sexual assault

Connecticut residents typically expect medical professionals to act appropriately when offering their services. For three patients treated at St. Vincent's Medical Center in Bridgeport, however, the expected standard of care was brought into question regarding their health care experience. Of the three confirmed individuals, one reported being sexually assaulted by a former employee of St. Vincent's Medical Center during the course of their treatment. Hired as a certified nurse's assistant, the man in question is no longer employed at the center and now faces rape and molestation charges. Uncertainty regarding unreported incidents of sexual assault while he was employed at St. Vincent's remains a concern.

Some impaired driving statistices

Motorists in Connecticut might benefit from seeing some information and statistics related to impaired driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the people most at risk of being involved in an accident associated with impaired driving include those with previous DWI convictions, motorcyclists and younger people. The data collected by the federal agency depicts just how much of a significant problem impaired driving has become.

Connecticut accidents and injuries spike this New Year's Eve

According to the Connecticut State Police, the number of arrests related to drinking and driving more than doubled during this year's New Year's celebration as compared to last year's. Sobriety checkpoints and targeted enforcement were implemented by State Police Troopers beginning at midnight and continuing until New Year's Day. Driving under the influence arrests totaled 38 this year, and 158 accidents were reported. Last year's numbers were 18 DUI-related arrests with 84 reported accidents.

Truck accident statistics

According to a recent factsheet released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 14 trucks were involved in fatal accidents in Connecticut. The data suggest that 2012 saw a 4 percent increase in fatal accidents that involved large trucks when compared to data from 2011. Large trucks are those that exceed a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds. The report claims that the total number of fatalities in 2012 was 3,912, and an additional 104,000 people were injured.

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