SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, USA, March 16, 2018 / — Cancer research journal Oncotarget published a recent study indicating precision oncology may improve overall survival and lower healthcare costs for advanced cancer patients. The peer-reviewed study is online in the February 2018 edition of Oncotarget.

Researchers and collaborators from Intermountain Precision Genomics, Navican Genomics, and Stanford University School of Medicine, analyzed the progression of 44 total patients — half of whom received genomic testing and precision treatment — and compared the results to a similar group of patients who received standard chemotherapy. The median overall survival of the precision medicine group was double that of those who did not receive targeted therapy. They also found that those who underwent precision therapy had about 7% lower healthcare-related costs in the last three months of life as compared to those who underwent standard therapy.

First author on the study, Dr. Derrick Haslem, director of medical oncology at Intermountain Healthcare said, “Any time we can improve overall survival and quality of life, that’s a win-win situation for the patients, their families, and health professionals.

“This study shows healthcare costs were actually less per week of life in the targeted therapy approach versus the standard chemotherapy approach,” Haslem explained. “Not only were patients living longer, but the costs to actually care for those patients were less. Additionally, based on the findings, there were fewer inpatient stays and emergency room visits, and patients enjoyed a better quality of life because they didn’t have to spend time in the hospital. They had more time to spend with the people they love.”

Intermountain Healthcare is widely recognized as a leader in transforming healthcare through high quality and sustainable costs. Intermountain Precision Genomics (IPG) is a service of Intermountain Healthcare. For more information about Intermountain Precision Genomics, please visit:, join the dialog on Facebook (Intermountain Cancer Centers), or follow @intermtncancer on Twitter.

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Horizon Technology Teams with PCIHIPAA to Help Healthcare Providers Navigate HIPAA Compliance

Horizon Technology partners with PCIHIPAA to address stringent HIPAA requirements and help practices keep patient information private and secure

With the Equifax breach and other data breaches announced almost daily, it's time for the industry to start taking serious action.”

— Shane Sullivan, CEO of Horizon Technologies

CUMMING, GEORGIA, UNITED STATES, March 16, 2018 / — Horizon Technology Group ("Horizon") is partnering with PCIHIPAA to help its clients implement HIPAA requirements and privacy and security safeguards. Under HIPAA’s Security and Privacy Rules, healthcare providers are required to take proactive steps to protect sensitive patient information. The partnership comes on the heels of an important announcement surrounding HIPAA compliance regulation. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights continues to announce multi – million dollar fines for healthcare providers that willfully neglect compliance requirements. In addition, the rising number of patient privacy claims, and ransomware attacks on the healthcare industry, has escalated the importance of taking proactive steps to properly protect patient data.

“With the Equifax breach and other data breaches announced almost daily, it's time for the industry to start taking serious action. Our clients just don't have the time and resources to adequately navigate complex HIPAA compliance and regulatory issues. We vetted many providers and believe PCIHIPAA’s OfficeSafe Compliance Program is the right fit for Horizon and our clients. It balances mitigating risks for our clients with the time and effort needed to run a successful practice. With our partnership, Horizon is being proactive and taking a leadership role by helping providers mitigate risks associated with HIPAA compliance and overall data breach protection,” said Shane Sullivan, CEO of Horizon Technology.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, OCR has received over 150,000 HIPAA complaints following the issuance of the Privacy Rule in April 2003. A rising number of claims filed under HIPAA in recent years have led many patients to question whether or not their personal payment and health information is safe. As the government has become more aggressive in HIPAA enforcement, large settlements have become widespread and rising penalties for HIPAA non-compliance are a reality.

According to, the types of HIPAA violations most often identified are:
1) Impermissible uses and disclosures of protected health information (PHI)
2) Lack of technology safeguards of PHI
3) Lack of adequate contingency planning in case of a data breach or ransomware attack
4) Lack of administrative safeguards of PHI
5) Lack of a mandatory HIPAA risk assessment
6) Lack of executed Business Associate Agreements
7) Lack of employee training and updated policies and procedures

“We are excited to be working with Shane Sullivan and everyone at Horizon Technology. They care about their clients and want to mitigate the financial risks often associated with regulatory fines or a data breach. Identity theft continues to be an issue for all healthcare providers. Our partnership with Horizon will accelerate the implementation of key safeguards for their clients,” said Jeff Broudy CEO of PCIHIPAA. “Our mission is to take the guesswork out of HIPAA, and to help healthcare providers and business associates implement compliance requirements easily and affordably. All Horizon clients can now learn about what HIPAA safeguards they may be missing by taking a Self-Assessment” adds Broudy.


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With over 20 years’ experience in the IT industry Horizon Technology has seen a lot of changes. They have the knowledge and expertise to determine what is simply a trend and what is a technology of the future. Horizon leverages that knowledge to guide its clients to invest in systems and solutions that offer the lowest total cost of ownership and create long lasting value.

PCIHIPAA is an industry leader in PCI and HIPAA compliance by providing turnkey, convenient solutions for its clients. Its OfficeSafe Compliance Program takes the guesswork out of compliance while providing the assurance and insurance healthcare providers need to protect their future. PCIHIPAA was recently voted one of the Top 10 Healthcare Compliance Company's of 2017. Learn more at and

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IBM Turnaround Coming – Blockchain will Play Major Role in Turnaround New Report 2018

PUNE, INDIA, March 16, 2018 / — with their unique quality of simplifying the market research study, presents a deep diving study report “IBM Turnaround Coming – Global Thematic Research”

IBM Turnaround Coming


In 2016, we think IBM’s shares are due for a re-rating – investors will start to value IBM as an emerging software leader rather than a legacy hardware player. Like SAP and Oracle, many of IBM’s legacy businesses – especially Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems – are struggling to adapt to a world moving rapidly to cloud-based services. The company is at the final stages of a difficult transition, but most of the bad news around this transition is now in the price of IBM’s shares.

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To do this, tracks the performance of the top 600 technology, media and telecom stocks against the 50 most important themes driving their earnings, generating 30,000 thematic scores. The algorithms in ’s “thematic engine” help to clearly identify the winners and losers within the TMT sector. Our 600 TMT stocks are categorised into 18 sectors.

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A BRAVE Initiative for Child Abuse Prevention Month

Children Deserve to Know How to Keep Themselves Safe

Erin Runnion speaking to BRAVE Teachers

4th Annual EPIC Invitational Golf Tournament to Empower Children in the Inland Empire to Be Brave & Be Safe

Protecting children is joyful work and everyone can help prevent child abuse”

— Erin Runnion, Founding Director & Samantha's Mother


WHAT: The Joyful Child Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to preventing crimes against children through programs that educate, empower, and unite families and communities, is bringing its BRAVE Initiative to the Inland Empire.

The Joyful Child was established after five-year-old Samantha Runnion was abducted and murdered in July of 2002. EPIC Insurance Brokers in Ontario is hosting its 4th Annual EPIC Invitational Golf Tournament on May 16th to benefit The Joyful Child’s BRAVE Initiative to protect and empower children throughout the Inland Empire.

WHO: Erin Runnion, the Founding Director of The Joyful Child and mother of five-year-old Samantha Runnion, will be participating in several events throughout the Inland Empire celebrating Child Abuse Prevention Month in anticipation of the EPIC Invitational in May. The BRAVE Initiative is a community-wide commitment to empowering children with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to safely reach their highest potential.

WHEN: For more information and registration, visit: Events Calendar

1) Thursday, April 12 (10:00 am – 6:00 pm) – The Joyful Child's BRAVE Ambassador & Instructor Training in Rancho Cucamonga in partnership with the San Bernadino Sheriff's Department. Non-profit and government agencies are invited to participate from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm for Instructor Certification. Parents, teachers, school administrators, and caregivers are encouraged to come from 10:00 am – 11:30 am to hear Erin Runnion present The Joyful Child's Adult Education for Child Protection.

2) Thursday, April 12 (3:30 pm – 5:00 pm) – Children’s BRAVE Workshop for students in Kindergarten – 3rd Grade.

3) Thursday, April 19 (1:00 pm) – Erin Runnion is the afternoon Keynote speaker for the WeTip Annual National Crime Fighting Conference at the Ontario Airport Hotel & Conference Center.

4) Saturday, April 28 (10:00 am – 1:00 pm) – Teen Safety Expo hosted by the City of Perris Youth Advisory Committee.

5) Sunday, April 29 (2:00 pm) – This Valley Can Dance Competition – CASA of SW Riverside in San Jacinto

6) Wednesday, May 16 (8:30 am – 4:00 pm) – 4th Annual EPIC Golf Invitational benefitting The Joyful Child will underwrite the training equipment for the first IE School District to implement the elementary BRAVE Curriculum with ten age-appropriate, empowering safety lessons for Kindergarten – 6th Grade.

To coordinate interviews or for more information, please contact Virginia (“V”) via email at

The Joyful Child Foundation’s non-profit Federal Tax ID is 55-0794474. In its fifteen years, The Joyful Child has trained over 500 volunteers and provided abuse and abduction prevention education to tens of thousands of children in southern California. In 2013, The Joyful Child launched its BRAVE Initiative to provide a viable model for safety education that can be replicated anywhere. Currently, four school districts have trained 350 BRAVE Teachers who have collectively taught over 20,000 students the Be Brave – Be Safe comprehensive safety education curriculum in the classroom. Westminster School District is the first to have trained all elementary school teachers to deliver BRAVE as part of their health and physical education.

It takes a community to keep our children safe. #BeBraveBeSafe #TheJoyfulChild

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ALPFA recognizes the 50 Most Powerful Latinas in Corporate America in Fortune Magazine

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, March 14, 2018 / — The Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) is proud to announce the 2018 Most Powerful Latinas list. ALPFA’s media partner, Fortune Magazine published the list today:

“ALPFA’s purpose is connecting Latino leaders for impact – in their homes, their workplace, and their communities. Today we celebrate the impact of these powerful Latina executives and entrepreneurs who are blazing a trail for others to follow,” said Charlie Garcia, ALPFA’s CEO.

On April 24, ALPFA will hold the 50 Most Powerful Latinas Summit (MPL) at Columbia University. The day-long MPL Summit connects the most powerful Latinas in corporate America and high-potential Rising Stars, which represent the next generation of powerful Latinas. For information on the Summit, go to MPL Summit Agenda.

“We are thrilled that the list of nominees doubled this year, resulting in 15 new names on the list. We are delighted that People en Español is publishing the list as well, along with Latino Leaders magazine, which will print the list in its next edition,” noted ALPFA leader Raymond Arroyo.

The list prioritizes women leading large public companies with global operating roles (34 of them), followed by entrepreneurs who lead middle market businesses (5 of them), and women who lead global executive support roles (11 of them).

Some of our top supporters for the MPL event are: United Airlines, Salesforce, UnitedHealth, HBO, Goldman Sachs, Walmart, Vanir / CIT.


Founded in 1972, with over 85,000 members, ALPFA operates in 45 cities and 160 universities across the US. ALPFA’s purpose is connecting Latino leaders for impact. Through its chapter network and online community ALPFA provides leadership development, mentorship, and employment opportunities for its members who are primarily in the business, finance, accounting, and technology sectors.


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Credit Insurance Market 2018 Global Analysis, Opportunities, Key Applications and Forecast to 2022

PUNE, INDIA, March 14, 2018 / — The report provides a comprehensive analysis of the Credit Insurance industry market by types, applications, players and regions. This report also displays the production, Consumption, revenue, Gross margin, Cost, Gross, market share, CAGR, and Market influencing factors of the Credit Insurance industry in USA, EU, China,India, Japan and other regions, and forecast to 2022, from 2017.

Market Analysis by Players
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1 Credit Insurance Market Overview
1.1 Product Overview of Credit Insurance
1.2 Classification of Credit Insurance by Product Category
1.2.1 Global Credit Insurance Sales (Volume) and Growth (%) Comparison by Types (2012-2017)
1.2.2 Global Credit Insurance Sales Market Share (%) by Types in 2016
1.2.3 Type 1
1.2.4 Type 2
1.2.5 Type 3
1.2.6 Type 4
1.2.7 Type 5
1.3 Global Credit Insurance Market by Applications/End Users
1.3.1 Global Credit Insurance Sales (Volume) Comparison by Applications (2012-2017)
1.3.2 Application 1
1.3.3 Application 2
1.3.4 Application 3
1.3.5 Application 4
1.3.6 Application 5
1.4 Credit Insurance Industry Development Factors Analysis
1.4.1 Credit Insurance Industry Development Opportunities Analysis
1.4.2 Credit Insurance Industry Development Challenges Analysis
1.5 Credit Insurance Industry Development Prospects
1.5.1 Credit Insurance Industry Development Status (2012-2017)
1.5.2 Credit Insurance Industry Development Forecast (2017-2022)

2 Global Credit Insurance Competition by Players
2.1 Global Credit Insurance Sales (Volume) and Market Share (%) by Players
2.2 Global Credit Insurance Revenue (Million USD) and Share by Players (2012-2017)
2.3 Global Credit Insurance Price (USD/Volume) by Players (2012-2017)
2.4 Global Credit Insurance Gross Margin by Players (2012-2017)

3 Global Credit Insurance Competition by Types
3.1 Global Credit Insurance Sales (Volume) and Market Share (%) by Types
3.2 Global Credit Insurance Revenue (Million USD) and Share by Type (2012-2017)
3.3 Global Credit Insurance Price (USD/Volume) by Type (2012-2017)
3.4 Global Credit Insurance Gross Margin by Type (2012-2017)
3.5 USA Credit Insurance Sales (Volume) and Market Share (%) by Type
3.6 China Credit Insurance Sales (Volume) and Market Share (%) by Type
3.7 Europe Credit Insurance Sales (Volume) and Market Share (%) by Type
3.8 Japan Credit Insurance Sales (Volume) and Market Share (%) by Type
3.9 India Credit Insurance Sales (Volume) and Market Share (%) by Type

4 Global Credit Insurance Competition by Application
4.1 Global Credit Insurance Sales (Volume) and Market Share (%) by Application
4.2 Global Credit Insurance Revenue (Million USD) and Share by Application (2012-2017)
4.3 Global Credit Insurance Price (USD/Volume) by Application (2012-2017)
4.4 Global Credit Insurance Gross Margin by Application (2012-2017)
4.5 USA Credit Insurance Sales (Volume) and Market Share (%) by Application
4.6 China Credit Insurance Sales (Volume) and Market Share (%) by Application
4.7 Europe Credit Insurance Sales (Volume) and Market Share (%) by Application
4.8 Japan Credit Insurance Sales (Volume) and Market Share (%) by Application
4.9 India Credit Insurance Sales (Volume) and Market Share (%) by Application

5 Global Credit Insurance Production Market Analysis by Region
5.1 Global Credit Insurance Production (Volume) and Market Share (%) by Region
5.1.1 USA Credit Insurance Production and Growth (2012-2017)
5.1.2 Europe Credit Insurance Production and Growth (2012-2017)
5.1.3 China Credit Insurance Production and Growth (2012-2017)
5.1.4 Japan Credit Insurance Production and Growth (2012-2017)
5.1.5 India Credit Insurance Production and Growth (2012-2017)
5.2 Global Credit Insurance Production Value (Million USD) and Share by Region (2012-2017)
5.2.1 USA Credit Insurance Revenue and Growth (2012-2017)
5.2.2 Europe Credit Insurance Revenue and Growth (2012-2017)
5.2.3 China Credit Insurance Revenue and Growth (2012-2017)
5.2.4 Japan Credit Insurance Revenue and Growth (2012-2017)
5.2.5 India Credit Insurance Revenue and Growth (2012-2017)
5.3 Global Credit Insurance Price (USD/Volume) by Region (2012-2017)
5.4 Global Credit Insurance Gross Margin by Region (2012-2017)

6 Global Credit Insurance Sales Market Analysis by Region
6.1 USA Credit Insurance Consumption (2012-2017)
6.2 Europe Credit Insurance Consumption (2012-2017)
6.3 China Credit Insurance Consumption (2012-2017)
6.4 Japan Credit Insurance Consumption (2012-2017)
6.5 India Credit Insurance Consumption (2012-2017)

7 Imports and Exports Market Analysis
7.1 USA Credit Insurance Imports and Exports Analysis (2012-2017)
7.2 Europe Credit Insurance Imports and Exports Analysis (2012-2017)
7. 3 China Credit Insurance Imports and Exports Analysis (2012-2017)
7. 4 Japan Credit Insurance Imports and Exports Analysis (2012-2017)
7. 5 India Credit Insurance Imports and Exports Analysis (2012-2017)
8 Global Credit Insurance Players Profiles and Sales Data


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autopom! Releases Extended Vehicle Warranty Tips for First-Car Buyers

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autopom! has release a report on extended car warranties for first-time car buyers.

The leading provider of replacements for expired car warranties has released an exclusive report for first-time car buyers.

We want this report to serve a resource for first-time car buyers so that they can find a protection plan perfect for their budget and their vehicle.”

— Mike Jones, President and CEO of autopom!

LAKE FOREST, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES, March 14, 2018 / — Buying a car is a huge decision, especially if you are a first-time car buyer. However, autopom!, a leading provider of vehicle protection plans, has released an exclusive report to help first-car buyers navigate the world of extended car warranties.

Whether or not to purchase an extended vehicle warranty is a huge decision for first-time car buyers. autopom! urges first-time car buyers to do their research and find a trustworthy company that provides an extended vehicle warranty plan at a price that is affordable. autopom! also tells young car buyers to ask about features and benefits and be sure their extended auto warranty comes with a money-back guarantee.

“An extended car warranty can be an expensive endeavor,” says Mike Jones, president and CEO of autopom! “We want this report to serve a resource for first-time car buyers so that they can find a protection plan perfect for their budget and their vehicle.”

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ASA Insurance Reacts to Findings From Report on the Need to Update Home Insurance Policies

In spite of the fact that 2017 was a year fraught with multiple disasters, studies show that very few homeowners update their insurance policies.

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, UNITED STATES, March 13, 2018 / — In spite of the fact that 2017 was a year fraught with multiple disasters, studies show that very few homeowners have taken the opportunity to update their home insurance policies. This information comes from a survey conducted by Clearsurance. Less than half of those surveyed have taken any action.

Clearsurance surveyed 1000 homeowners about this situation. They discovered that 87 percent expressed concern for the potential of a natural disaster to come to their area. Out of those surveyed only 42 percent has taken any steps to make changes to their insurance policy or to prevent any gaps in coverage which would impact them in a catastrophic situation. The report from Clearsurance showed that 65 percent or respondents felt they were adequately covered with their current policy. The issue with the responses is that many times the policy does not cover all disaster situations. Of those who were affected by Hurricane Harvey, about 70 percent were not insured.

Creed Anderson of ASA Insurance, a provider of vehicle insurance in Salt Lake City, UT, says, "It's important to review your policy and make sure you have the right coverage." He recommends that homeowners consider what disasters could hit their area, whether it might be an earthquake or flood. They should find out if their current policy covers these disasters and to what extent. Many times, homeowners must purchase a rider for the additional coverage. Another issue is determining the cause of the damage. For instance, if flooding is caused by a hole in the roof from wind damage, the standard homeowner’s policy will cover it. On the other hand, if the damage was caused by flooding, it may not be covered.

Anderson recommends that homeowners sit down with their insurance agent and go over their policy. "Insurance agents aren't just trying to get your money," he says. "Their job is to alert you to areas where you may lack coverage or not have adequate coverage." A common misconception is that the average policy covers more than it really does. As Anderson explains, there is not just one home insurance policy, but several levels of coverage. Many people do not realize that distinction and assume all policies are the same. It is this incorrect information that can hurt them when they file a claim for damage done to their homes. It is best not to wait until an event happens which causes damage to a home because then it is too late. Anderson also explains that a person doesn’t have to wait until their policy renews to discuss the coverage with their agent. It is best not to wait, especially if they are going into a season known for major weather events.

This study and the disasters that were experienced in 2017 should serve as a call to action for homeowners to prevent similar situations as were evidenced during Hurricane Harvey. It is important to not be caught without the proper coverage should an incident occur.

Creed Anderson
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ASA Insurance Discusses Findings from Annual Report by the Utah Legislature on Impaired Driving

According to an annual report by the Utah legislature, the number of drug-related traffic fatalities has gone up over the past two years within the state.

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, UNITED STATES, March 13, 2018 / — According to an annual report by the Utah legislature, the number of drug-related traffic fatalities has gone up over the past two years within the state. The report showed a total of 108 deaths in 2016 which involved either drugs or alcohol, according to ASA Insurance.

The number of drivers in these accidents who tested positive for either an illegal, over-the-counter or prescription medication went up to 72 in 2016 from 67 for the previous year. It also happens to be the highest number for the past ten years. Over one-fourth of all fatal car crashes involved someone using drugs. It is a significant increase from 38 in 2014 and even 45 for 2015. According to the Utah Substance Abuse Advisory Council, marijuana is one of the most common drugs found in these incidents. Methamphetamines and depressants are also noted. Drugs can remain in a person’s system for some time after use, which means the person may not have been impaired at the time of the accident or even at fault for the crash.

While the presence of drugs has gone up, alcohol use has decreased. Traffic fatalities involving a driver with a blood alcohol content above the legal limit for Utah went down to 36 in 2016 from 37 the prior year. About 13 percent of traffic deaths involve the use of alcohol. The number is down from 2014 when 45 were recorded, but it is still up from earlier years. Of the DUI arrests made by police in Utah for 2016, nearly 12 percent involved someone under the legal drinking age. About 81 percent of arrests involved a person with a BAC of .08 percent or above. The legal BAC will go down to .05 percent starting in December of 2018 with a new bill that was passed in 2017.

In addition to all of the other consequences of driving under the influence of either drugs or alcohol, getting a DUI will make a person's car insurance in Salt Lake City and all of Utah go up. They will pay more in premiums because of their past driving history. For many, they may lose their driver's license or have it suspended for a period of time. "It's a serious decision to get behind the wheel of a car after you've been using drugs or drinking," says Creed Anderson of ASA Insurance. "It's a far smarter choice to call someone or have a designated driver than to make a mistake that could impact you for years to come."

If someone has received a DUI or been involved in a traffic accident, the points will fall off their record in time. While they are waiting for this to happen, they can take steps to help lower the cost of car insurance. For instance, they can complete a safe driver course which is accepted by their insurance provider, resulting in a discount on their car insurance. However, Anderson urges drivers to make smart decisions before they have to suffer the consequences and not to drive under the influence of any substance.

Creed Anderson
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John Smith Insurance Agency Discusses Findings on Report on Rise in Pedestrian Deaths in Car Crashes

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The Governors Highway Safety Association released a report showing that almost 6,000 pedestrians were killed in car accidents in 2017.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, UNITED STATES, March 13, 2018 / — The Governors Highway Safety Association released a report showing that almost 6,000 pedestrians were killed in car accidents in 2017. It is the second year in a row that the numbers were much higher than what had been recorded for almost 25 years. John Smith Insurance Agency, a provider of car insurance in Colorado Springs, discusses the findings and what it means for drivers throughout Colorado.

According to this report, 16 percent of traffic fatalities throughout the US were pedestrians. This number was an increase from 2007 when it was 11 percent. A total of 23 states showed increases in pedestrian deaths. The GHSA has concluded that there are two reasons for this increase: more smartphone usage and more recreational marijuana use. These factors are known to impair judgment, and it happens not only for the drivers but for the pedestrians as well. The report showed a correlation between increased smartphone usage and emergency room visits. Additionally, seven states, including Colorado, that legalized marijuana for recreational use showed a rise in pedestrian deaths while the other states had a decrease.

"A person may not feel impaired when they get behind the wheel or go to cross a street as a pedestrian," says John Smith of John Smith Insurance Agency. "However, their reflexes are often slower, and it takes longer for them to make a decision." Out on the highway, a few seconds can mean the difference between avoiding an accident and causing one. Even pedestrians may be slower to react or fail to pay attention to vehicles around them.

Smith recommends more education and advertising to bring awareness to the seriousness of the issue. Not only do drivers have to watch out for pedestrians, but those on foot must also watch out for the cars around them, he explains. It is more about paying attention to your surroundings and not being distracted. He recommends that pedestrians put down their phones when they cross a street or walk along the highway. He hopes that by showing these growing statistics, it will help people see the seriousness of the situation and enable them to make smart choices and changes to their behaviors.

While the attention has been on drivers and not driving under the influence or texting while driving, more focus needs to be put towards helping pedestrians take action to be safer as well. It is a common perception that if a pedestrian is hit by a car, it must be the driver's fault. However, the person on foot can make bad decisions, which result in an accident that the driver could not avoid.

Whether on foot or behind the wheel, Smith says everyone must pay attention to what is going on around them on the roads. It is important to not let anything distract a person so that these shocking numbers and trends will be reversed and the roadways will once again be safer for those behind the wheel and on foot.

John Smith
John Smith Insurance Agency
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