Monthly Archives: April 2017

Is the Water in New Jersey’s Schools Safe?

A recent survey involving the safety of water in New Jersey schools produced some troubling results. The Press of Atlantic City conducted the survey, which found that of the 26 school districts that completed state-mandated water testing at the time, at least one source of drinking water in 13 of the school districts contained elevated levels of lead. Reportedly, in some cases, the elevated levels of lead could be traced to an issue within the sinks or water fountains. The Hamilton Township School District provided students with bottled water until they could repair the issue. Per The Press of Atlantic City report, school districts in New Jersey have until July to complete water-testing. According to the Mayo Clinic, lead poisoning in children can result in developmental delays, hearing loss, seizures, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue, abdominal pain and learning difficulties. What Can Parents Do If a School Is Responsible…
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What Caused Pedestrian Deaths to Rise in 2016?

Per The Press of Atlantic City, here in the US, we saw a major increase in the number of pedestrian deaths last year. Reportedly, there were almost 6,000 pedestrian fatalities nationwide in 2016, which represented an 11 percent jump from the previous year. In addition, it has been over 20 years since this many pedestrian deaths happened in the US. The data used in the Press of Atlantic City article came from the Governors Highway Safety Association. Factors that researchers believe played a part in the increased number of pedestrian deaths, included the following: More motorists on the road because of lower gas prices and an improved economy An increase in the number of pedestrians walking for exercise Drivers and pedestrians who are distracted because they are engaged in other activities, like texting while driving or walking What Are the Options for Pedestrian Accident Victims and Their Families? Pedestrian accidents…
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New Jersey’s Bail Reform Law Making It Easier for Municipal Court’s to Free Defendants?

Earlier this year, lawmakers in Morris County, New Jersey implemented a bail reform law that could have a huge impact on the ability of Municipal Court judges to hold defendants pending trials. The bail reform law comes with a hefty price tag. Per the Mount Olive Chronicle, Morris County has budgeted $750,000 to implement the changes to bail reform. How Have New Jersey’s Municipal Court Bail Laws Changed? Morris County’s bail reform law is known as the Criminal Justice Reform Act. Under the new law, bail provisions are eliminated and judges have less room for discretion when it comes to making decisions regarding holding defendants or setting them free pending their trial. Prior to the Criminal Justice Reform Act, judges set bail for anyone facing indictable charges. This meant that even if defendants were not likely to flee and did not pose a risk to others, if they could not…
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