Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service would like to THANK EarthCam for it’s unique views of the world and for helping keep that world clean!
EarthCam, Inc., launched EarthCam.com in 1996 with a mission to build a network of webcams offering views of unique and popular destinations worldwide. The site quickly became a place “Where the World Watches the World”, offering viewers internationally access to thousands of webcams.
EarthCam has built a reputation for creating opportunities for viewers to experience events without leaving their homes. Whether it’s a webcast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, Mardi Gras from New Orleans’ famous Bourbon Street or visiting the pandas’ den at Zoo Atlanta. EarthCam brings viewers to each location through their live webcams.
By visiting EarthCam.com you can see historical places and landmarks around the world. EarthCam cameras are located at the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington DC, Seattle’s Space Needle, Wall Street’s notable Charging Bull, in the torch of the Statue of Liberty and more, all of which deliver unique views, both live and archived.
As the company has grown, EarthCam expanded beyond building its network of tourism cameras and extended its reach into other industries by developing and delivering technology for many applications in verticals including construction, transportation, and surveillance. With that concept came the creation of EarthCam.net, a site for businesses and organizations to purchase webcams and EarthCam’s proprietary software to manage their camera networks.
With EarthCam, you can literally see the whole world! It is no wonder EarthCam is a Sponsor-A-Highway sponsor – they are committed to keeping the world a clean place for millions of people to view!
Labor Day is a federal holiday. All Government offices, schools and organizations and many businesses are closed. But, really, what is Labor Day?
Labor Day is a holiday in the United States that is dedicated to workers across the country. The intention of the holiday is to recognize the contributions that laborers make to the United States as a whole. The public holiday always falls on the first Monday in September – this year it is Monday, September 7th. Interestingly, one of key reasons for choosing to celebrate on the first Monday in September was to add a holiday in the long gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.
The first Labor Day was actually held in 1882 and it became a federal holiday in 1894. It was originally envisioned that the day would be filled with street parades to allow the public to appreciate the work of the trade and labor organizations. A festival was often held to amuse local workers and their families. These traditions have changed over the years. Now Labor Day is viewed as the last big hurrah of summer and a busy travel weekend. In fact, according to AAA, 35.5 million Americans, will travel over this coming holiday weekend. An estimated 87% of travelers will get where they’re going by car (lots of eyes to see those Sponsor-A-Highway signs); 7% will fly and 5% by other modes of transportation, including bus and rail.
So there you have it – Labor Day in a nutshell. Just another Fun Fact from Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America.
As summer draws to an end and the classroom bell rings in the new school year, 55 million children across the United States will be heading back to school. Of that total, AAA estimates that 13% of students walk or bike to school. Always in late August/September, road travel increases and traffic patterns shift, making this a dangerous time of year for both drivers and pedestrians. Here are some safety tips that parents can use to help get your kids safely to and from school:
- Practice the route with your children
- Teach them to always use the same route, no shortcuts
- Cross streets only at crosswalks, preferably with crossing guards
- Always use left-right-left rule when crossing the street
- Put away the cell phone – distracted walking/biking can be as dangerous as distracted driving
- Walk in a group
- Don’t wear headphones
- Bikers should obey traffic laws just like vehicles
- If riding a bike or scooter, always wear a helmet
- Younger children should be taught to walk bikes across the street
- And, always Adopt-A-Highway’s favorite tip – Don’t Litter
Every child deserves a safe route to school – we can all help by taking a little extra care and paying closer attention this time of year.
With locations in both Newport Beach (since 1951) and Tustin, The Crab Cooker is an institution in Southern California. Eating at The Crab Cooker is like going back in time to the days when every beach town had a place where all the locals and tourists could get great food at a moderate price. The outside of the restaurant is painted in bright red. Inside the restaurant, the decoration is a collection of unique items ranging from paintings by famous artists, theater chandeliers, pots and pans, a wrought-iron gate, nautical equipment – and a giant shark. The restaurant is known for its friendly service and casual atmosphere – you eat off of paper plates.
The Crab Cooker’s “World’s Best” Manhattan-style clam chowder is fittingly named, and when combined with a loaf of fisherman’s bread just simply cannot be beat. Other specialties include skewers of scallops, crab and lobster, oysters, crab or shrimp cocktail, salmon fillet and other fresh fish.
The company slogan – “Eat Lots A Fish!” – says it all. We at Adopt-A-Highway may be a little biased, but we suggest if you are anywhere in SoCal, a stop at The Crab Cooker is well worth it!
Is saving a few seconds of travel time worth the potentially deadly price of running a red light?
August 2-8th is National Stop on Red Week, which is a one week awareness campaign, sponsored by the National Coalition for Safer Roads (NCSR). This week provides an important chance to promote intersection safety. NCSR is partnering with organizations and communities all over the U.S. to raise awareness about the hundreds of unnecessary deaths and injuries that are the result of red light running accidents each year. Some sobering facts about red light running include:
- Nationwide, more than 3.7 million drivers ran a red light in 2014
- In 2013, 697 people were killed and an estimated 127,000 were injured in crashes that involved red light running
- Drivers most frequently run red lights in the afternoon, with 30% of all red light running violations in 2014 occurring between 1 pm – 5 pm
- Friday proved to be the worst day for intersection safety in 2014 – safety cameras caught 596,518 total red light running violations – while Sunday saw the fewest violations, with 473,695 total
- Memorial Day weekend was the highest ranked holiday travel period, with 37,800
- One in three Americans know someone who has been injured or killed as a result of somebody running a red light
- About half of the deaths in red light running crashes are pedestrians, bicyclists and occupants in other vehicles that are hit by the red light runners
Intersection safety is an extremely important aspect of road safety in every community. Safety is the responsibility of every driver, every day. Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal is all about road safety and we are happy to spread NCSR’s message of “STOP on RED”! Really, is a few minutes’ worth the risk?
Are you tired? Did you realize that being tired on the roads can impact your driving ability? Sleep deprivation and fatigue make lapses of attention more likely to occur, and can play a major role in behavior that leads to crashes. Drowsy driviny is dangerous to you and others on the road. In fact, being awake for 18 hours is equal to a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08%, the equivalent to being legally drunk. Research has identified young males, shift workers, commercial drivers and people with untreated sleep disorders or with short-term or chronic sleep deprivation as being at the highest risk for a fall-asleep crash. According to the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America poll, 60% of Americans have driven while feeling sleepy and 37% admit to actually having fallen asleep at the wheel in the past year. Are you at risk? Some simple suggestions before “hitting the road”:
- Get adequate sleep—most adults need 7-9 hours to maintain proper alertness during the day
- On long drives, schedule proper breaks—about every 100 miles or 2 hours during long trips
- Arrange for a travel buddy—someone to talk with and share the driving
- Avoid alcohol and sedating medications—check your labels or ask your doctor
Adopt-A-Highway helps keep America’s highways clean, please everybody promise to get some rest!
Distracted Driving is a term that is now used a lot! Why? Because it is deadly and because we are parents of teens! Distracted Driving is broader than just texting when driving, it is:
Any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety.
- Using a cell phone or smartphone
- Eating and drinking
- Talking to passengers
- Reading, including maps
- Using a navigation system
- Watching a video
- Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player
The reason text messaging gets so much attention is that it requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention, making texting by far the most deadly distraction. Here are a few statistics that should scare all of us:
- An estimated 10% of drivers less than 20 years old involved in fatal crashes were reported as “distracted” at the time of the accident.
- Drivers in their 20s are responsible for about 27% of the distracted drivers in fatal crashes.
- Five seconds is the average time your eyes are off the road when texting. If traveling at 55mph, that is driving 100 yards or the length of a football field with your eyes closed or blindfolded.
Currently, 46 states as well as D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands ban text messaging for all drivers. Of the 4 states without an all driver texting ban, 2 prohibit text messaging by novice drivers and one restricts school bus drivers from texting. For information on your state’s distracted driving laws go to distraction.gov
At Adopt-A-Highway we are all about road safety! In our Blogs we hope to inform you on ways to stay safe behind the wheel and provide information that can be shared with your friends, kids and other family members to keep them safe as well. We hope that it is useful and that when you are out on the roadways you will support those that support us – our incredible Sponsor-A-Highway sponsors!
Old Time Fun
• See a movie at the drive-in
• Decorate with sidewalk chalk
• Play tag, hopscotch, or one of your favorite childhood games
• Slip N Slide
• Run through the sprinklers
• Catch fireflies at night
• Eat a lobster or crab with your hands
• Pick fruit at a local farm
• Roast marshmallows over a fire and make s’mores
• Make a lemonade stand with homemade lemonade
• Have a watermelon seed spitting contest
• Nap in a hammock
• Have a picnic in the park
• Watch the sunset at the beach
• Enjoy an outdoor concert
• Re-read your favorite book
• Pick wildflowers
• Swim in a lake
• Go for a bike ride
• Go camping & fishing
• Paddleboard in the bay
• Go kayaking or canoeing
• Pick up some litter
• Collect and recycle aluminum cans
• Collect seashells by the seashore
• Plan a road trip
• Get caught in a summer rainstorm
• Go to a baseball game
Or best idea yet – Adopt-A-Highway in your neighborhood!
Most of us have had a fender bender or bump in a parking lot sometime in our driving career.
Maybe it is because we are running errands that we have done so often we get a little relaxed in that Trader Joe’s parking lot. No matter the reason here are some simple steps to avoid those parking lot mishaps:
Check the other cars before getting in your vehicle – are there other people loading their items in the car, somebody getting in the car? If you survey your immediate area, you’ll be aware of where other cars may be pulling out.
Use the rear view mirror, camera and your eyes – don’t rely on just one method – to make sure there is no person or car in your way as you back up.
Keep your foot OFF the gas when backing out of a space – did you know cars in the aisle have the right of way? It is up to you to stop pulling out before a collision.
Be on the lookout for distracted pedestrians – people are often multi-tasking when in the parking lots – looking for keys, texting, corralling kids – they may not see you, so be sure you see them by being extra alert.
Move slowly – take the extra time to go slow in parking lots, it is a sure way to save on a new bumper.
If the worst happens and somebody is injured in an accident, call for medical attention. If you are involved in a minor mishap, pull into an empty parking spot, take pictures of the damage and exchange insurance information with the other driver. That is why we have insurance!
Just some helpful hints from your friends at Adopt-A-Highway Litter Removal Service of America.