Colorado has long been considered a permissive state with respect to firearms. The state still is--except apparently for Denver. Denver recently challenged the state's preemption law and won, allowing the city to prohibit the open carry of firearms and the unlicensed open car carry of firearms. Similarly, Castle Rock, a county seat in the Denver Metro Area, blocked the repeal of an open carry prohibition, continuing the area's ban on the open carry of firearms. What is going on?
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The Obama administration announced an extension for the March 31, 2014 deadline for enrollment in the Affordable Care Act. For people using the healthcare.gov website, which sells health plans in 36 states, if they have had trouble completing an application prior to March 31, 2014, they can claim a "special exception" and receive help to get insured. All paper applications must be submitted by April 7, 2014.
April 4th, 2014 | Posted by Levine Law, on News
Distracted driving--mainly the buzzword for texting while driving--has been the subject of many policy debates and legislative initiatives. Almost all state have laws which directly target the act of texting while behind the wheel, and attach penalties varying from civil fines to criminal liability, particularly if someone has been hurt as a result of the distracted driving.
Google Glass: From distracted driving issues to privacy concerns, is Google Glass ready to go mainstream?
In October 2013, a woman in California wearing Google Glass became the first person to be pulled over for speeding and then issued an additional citation for wearing the headgear. The officer who issued the citation applied a law aimed at distracted driving which prohibits driving while watching television. The citation against the Google Glass was eventually dismissed due to a common problem with applying old laws to new technology: lack of proof. There was no proof that the Google Glass was operating at the time that the driver was pulled over, and if it was operating as a television rather than a navigational device similar to a GPS, which is legal.
Kerry Kennedy, daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy, was arrested on July 13, 2012, for Driving Under the Influence. After driving erratically on the Interstate, Kennedy crashed her SUV and was found slumped over the steering wheel. Toxicology reports showed trace amounts of the generic form of Ambien in Kennedy's system. Your Denver Accident Attorney knows that Ambien is a hugely popular sleep aid belonging to a class of drugs called "hypnotics."
In 1998 a British doctor named Andrew Wakefield published a study claiming that autism in 12 British children was linked to them being vaccinated for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR). Even though Wakefield's study was subsequently found to be an elaborate fraud, and no scientific evidence has been found to this day linking vaccinations to autism, the anti-vaccination movement was born and is still growing. Due to anti-vaxxers, as they are called, delaying or skipping the vaccinations for their children, previously eradicated diseases such as measles and whooping cough (pertussis) have seen a resurgence in this country and throughout the developed world.
March 20th, 2014 | Posted by Levine Law, on News
In February 2014, the First Lady Michelle Obama is celebrating the fourth year of her "Let's Move" campaign against childhood obesity in this country. One-third of children in the United States are still obese, although the rate is declining. Childhood obesity puts children at high risk for developing diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.Obesity is also epidemic among adults in this country, causing lost productivity in the workforce, more sick leave, and more disability claims.
March 17th, 2014 | Posted by Levine Law, on News
There is an epidemic sweeping the metropolitan Denver, Colorado area, and it is putting people in hospitals and morgues at an alarming rate. But it is not an infectious disease; it is hit and run accidents. Your Denver Accident Attorney reports that at least one person in the core of the metro Denver area is injured every day by a hit and run driver, and nearly three times a month, someone--usually a pedestrian--is killed in Colorado by a driver who flees the scene.
On January 29 of this year, three inches of snow and ice fell on the city of Atlanta, Georgia. Despite the dire warnings about the storm, and the forecasts of fast falling snow and ice, the relatively small amount of precipitation paralyzed the ninth largest city in the country. A massive pileup on Interstate 65 Northbound made the one of the busiest highways in the country look like a truck stop for miles. Almost 800 vehicle and truck accidents occurred that day, many of them multi-vehicle accidents.
Truck accidents are increasing every year. According to the US Department of Transportation, approximately 500,000 truck accidents occur every year in the United States. Because trucks tend to be such large vehicles--commercial trucks can be up to 80 feet long and weigh as much as 40 tons--accidents involving trucks often result in serious injuries and/or fatalities. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 3,675 Americans died in traffic accidents involving large trucks in 2010, up 8.7% from 2009. In addition, there are approximately 25,000 injuries for which people seek treatment at the Emergency Room from truck accidents per year.