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?
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.
Happy Birthday USA!
Make this a 4th to remember by keeping America Shining from Sea to Sea
How does it work? For a reasonable sponsorship fee, we do the cleaning; you get affordable marketing on well-traveled highways and America can put much needed resources into other road safety measures. Sponsor-A-Highway in your community today!
What a great way to say Happy Birthday USA!
So summer is finally here and if you are like most of us, you will be spending some time in your car with kids this summer. Here are some tips from real MOMs on what to have handy in your car to make the adventure more enjoyable.
- Doggy bags: “Yes, doggy bags. Throw a roll of these bags into your beach bag for wet bathing suits, dirty diapers, sunblock explosions, taking home seashells, and every other mess or blowout you can and can’t plan for. The bags are small but super handy.”
- Pre-packaged snacks: It’s summer, so while we are always proponents of healthy eating, a bag of goldfish every now and then won’t hurt them. Particularly in summer when kids are getting a healthy dose of exercise.
- Blankets/Towels/Pillows: Some comfort from home can make a long ride or long day so much better.
- Trash bag/container: Keeping a trash bag or container in the car cuts down on cleaning after a trip and helps reduce LITTER everywhere!
- Mesh laundry bag: Great for carrying items such as sand toys to and from the beach, and you won’t take half the sand home with you because it is mesh.
And, always have a First Aid Kit handy: A First Aid kit should include:
Triple Antibiotic Ointment
Count the Adopt-A-Highway signs along the road. Remember to support those that are supporting clean and safe roads along your way! Go and enjoy the adventure!
Is your cellphone vibrating/chirping/buzzing? You are not alone. Americans are more plugged in now than ever before. In fact, every day people send upwards of 27 billion texts, download over 180 million apps, and make more than 12 billion calls. And that’s just cellphones. More than 182 billion emails are sent each and every day, worldwide. It is clearly time for a Tech Time Out!
Technology is a great thing, and we have all benefited from its convenience, but with summer starting and kids out of school, it is a fantastic time to unplug & unwind! We are not suggesting a week or even a day, just set aside some time to turn off your tech and enjoy life. Some unplugged ideas to fill your free time include:
- Soak up some Vitamin D – go outside to walk, hike, bike, fish, swim and enjoy the great outdoors
- Read a book or magazine – not an on your iPad or eReader
- Play board or card games – the kids may be surprised that Scrabble was an actual board game before it was called “Words with Friends”
- Build something – be it a fort or a birdhouse, put your hands to work
- Try a new or old recipe from an actual cookbook
- Volunteer for a local cause – maybe Adopt-A-Highway?!
- Take the family for a drive – turn off the Navigation system and just hit the road
Oh yeah, while you take that drive look for Adopt-A-Highway signs and support our Sponsors!
However, with summer comes some new safety concerns for drivers and pedestrians. During the longer, lazier days, everybody needs to have a higher level of awareness due to increase in traffic in and around roads. Drivers should also expect bicyclists along roadsides as more and more people are taking advantage of this mode of transportation to commute to work, accomplish daily activities or enjoy a little exercise.
Some driving safety tips for the summer:
• slow down and be alert in residential neighborhoods
• take extra time at intersections, on medians and on curbs
• enter and exit driveways/alleys slowly
• watch for children on and near the roads
• never leave a child alone in a vehicle for any amount of time
• remember that children move in unpredictable ways – be alert
• put down the phone so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings
The most important safety tip to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities is simply to pay attention. Whether it is children at play, joggers, bicyclists, or neighbors visiting across the street, drivers need to be aware of their surroundings and alert to presence of those outside.
Just another safety reminder from Adopt-A-Highway! Enjoy Summer 2015!
Summer is the time to hit the open road! We mean that literally – it is one of the BEST times to add Adopt-A-Highway to your marketing strategy. Average daily traffic counts on busy interstates will soar in June, July & August, making them one of the best places to advertise. With more travelers and families out there on the roads exploring this great nation, you get more eyes on your sign and exposure for your business.
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