May 2017 Archives

State laws, restraints help prevent child traffic deaths

From 2010 to 2014, Rhode Island had the lowest number of child fatalities from motor vehicle accidents and the fifth-lowest child mortality rate per 100,000 annually compared to other states. In a study conducted by Harvard University and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center researchers, traffic fatalities by state for children under 15 were examined for that period. One of the significant findings of the study was that there was a large disparity in fatalities from region to region and state to state. The South had the largest number of child deaths with 1,550 while the Northeast had the smallest with 189. A total of 2,885 children died over the period.

Federal prosecutors are to seek mandatory minimums in drug cases

"States, they can pass the laws they choose," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in February. "I would just say it does remain a violation of federal law to distribute marijuana throughout any place in the United States, whether a state legalizes it or not."


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