The beginning of July brought more than just scorching summer temperatures to the state. According to The Baltimore Sun and The Washington Post, several new state laws went into effect as of July 1 that could significantly affect the lives of residents across the state. Between new tax credits, state employee raises, and the possibility of lower prescription drug costs, here are the most life-changing laws Marylanders need to know about:
Marylanders looking to celebrate Independence Day locally this year are making a safe choice. According to a new study by ASecureLife, Maryland was rated as the ninth safest state in the country to observe the patriotic holiday, reporting fewer instances of firework and vehicle accidents occurring in the surrounding days.
Summer carnivals are not always the thrilling experience families are hoping for. From May to September, approximately 20 children are treated in emergency rooms across the country every day for amusement park-related injuries, according to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. These injuries total to more than 4,000 a year, with accidents ranging from minor bumps to life threatening conditions.
A horrifying vehicle accident in New Hampshire last week left seven motorcyclists dead after they collided with a pickup truck towing a commercial trailer. According to BostonHerald.com, the 23-year-old driver of the pickup truck was charged with seven counts of homicide for allegedly driving “erratically and across the double-yellow centerline.” Shockingly, just two weeks before the crash, the same truck driver was charged with flipping an 18-wheeler in Texas under the influence and in possession of drugs. He was also arrested in Connecticut on May 2019 after failing a sobriety test and had his license temporarily suspended in 2013 for drunk driving.
Over 400 people die every day in the United States from accidental injuries. In 2018, unintentional injuries became the third leading cause of death for the first time in history, only beat by heart disease and cancer. According to the National Safety Council (N.S.C.), 47.2 million Americans reported injuries in 2017. Of these, 169,936 resulted in fatalities, and 100 percent of these deaths were preventable.
The end of Memorial Day weekend means that summer is right around the corner. Unfortunately, it is also the dreadful beginning of the 100 Deadliest Days. According to the AAA, fatal accidents involving teen drivers increase by 14 percent in the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. In 2016, 1,050 people were killed in vehicle crashes during this time- an average of 10 people per day.
Maryland has some of the best medical facilities in the nation. But not every hospital is up to par. In the biannual Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades Report released last week, Maryland hospitals ranked 30th across the country for health and safety.