Tuesday, December 25, 2012

 
State of NJ Bill to double fine to $200
 
 
Ban cell phone use or fines and points on your license is the question I ask readers.  After reading many articles States are banning cell phone use while driving with one hand on the wheel, I personally am for doubling the fine to $200 and for 2 points on your NJ State License.  Speeding, driving under the influence also cause accidents so why is this any different.
 
Other solutions, with 12 rest areas on the  New Jersey Turnpike, how about the addition of a cell phone pull over zones, could be paved area for cell phone users.  With 12 rest areas, possible 12 additional cell phone pullovers could help decrease the number of texting one hand drivers,
 
How about a lane to the far right similar to that of an HOV lane with a barrier that drivers who want to text with one hand drive into, taking them out of general roadway and if caught outside that lane suspension of license and $500.
 
I'm against banning cell phone usage on our roadways, but I am about fines and alternative solutions for drivers to avoid the fines and points on their licenses.
 
From a previous post:
 
Texting While Driving Causes:," found on texting and driving safety DOT com.

1. 1,600,000 accidents per year – National Safety Council
2. 330,000 injuries per year – Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study
3. 11 teen deaths EVERY DAY – Ins. Institute for Hwy Safety Fatality Facts
4. Nearly 25% of ALL car accidents

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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Monk Parakeets back in the News

Photo by Stephen Puibello, November 1, 2012
location-Cliffside Park, NJ High School Utility Pole
 
 
 
Known as South American Monk Parrots or Wild Quaker the nest in the photo above was triple that size post Hurricane Sandy.  Where did they come from, a crate of them is said to have broken open at John F. Kennedy International Airport. in the 70's. 
 
 
I first noticed these parrakeet's in Edgewater as I frequented a Mexican Restaurant now closed.  There a Chase branch near there and I noticed them there as well when cycling my bike to and from, those pictured above were located on a utility pole opposite the bus stop between Cliffside Park Public Housing and Cliffside Park High School on Palisade Avenue.
 
I was saddened to venture out after hurricane Sandy and see the nest was about one-third its size, the parrots must have moved as today the nest is gone.
 
These parrots are once again in the news on December 14, 2012m just two days ago.  This is not the first time, please visit the following links and get involved in saving their homes.
 
http://www.urbanparrots.com/

http://fortlee.patch.com/articles/gang-green-the-edgewater-parrots-in-fort-lee

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1yrRuVn9Rw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=st4Un69Zl_g

http://www.northjersey.com/photos/monk_parakeets_utility_poles_Edgewater_Leonia_birds_habitat.html