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erdeen Times February 6, 2019 iiiiiiiiiiiiii~ Pink Ladies Auxiliary officers The Power County Hospital District Pink Ladies Auxil- Pictured left to right are Myra McDonnell Vice-President, iary held their annual business luncheon on Tuesday, Jan. Kay Bammert president, Carol Whitnah secretary, and 29. Officers were re-elected by acclamation for 2019. Marla Bodenstab treasurer rivers on ones less, em more ling" " driving comes with other consequences as well, in- cluding higher insurance costs." Loss costs - payments made to treat injuries, re- pair damaged vehicles and property and defend in- sured drivers in legal action - have steadily increased. While individual compa- nies weigh rating factors differently, loss costs are typically reflected in pre- miums paid by consumers. "What we're seeing, especially with more vehi- cles on the road traveling for work and leisure, is a rise in crash rates, and as the cost to treat injuries and repair vehicles increases, those crashes are having an impact on the cost of insur- ance," said Kenton Brine, NW Insurance Council President. According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission (WTSC), it takes a driver 27 seconds to refocus on the road after using a smart phone while driving. At 25 mph, a vehi- cle can travel the length of three football fields, putting drivers, passengers, pedes- trians and others at risk of a tragic crash. Texting while driving is prohibited in Idaho and 46 other states and talk- ing on a hand-held device while operating a motor ve- hicle is banned in 14 states. on levels Distracted driving con- Even with those laws in tinues to pose a dangerous place, distracted driving and costly problem on U.S. - spurred by increased in- roadways and cellphones teraction with smart phones are largely to blame. - has become one of the A2018distracted'driv- most dangerous hazards ing study by the Insurance on roadways today. Legis- Institute for Highway Safe- lation to broaden Idaho's ty (IIHS) shows that talking texting ban failed to pass on cellphones while behind during the 2018 legislative the wheel has decreased, session but will likely be but drivers continue to in- considered by the legisla- teract with their phones in ture again this year. other ways. "Insurers strongly sup- The roadside observa- port laws that discourage tional study conducted in drivers from engaging in northern Virginia revealed unsafe practices while be- that drivers Were 57 per- hind the wheel, and we be- cent more likely to manipu- lieve it is time for Idaho's late a cellphone (browsing driving laws to be updated, the web, dialing, entering to prohibit all hand-held an address) in 2018 than phone use while driving," drivers in 2014. Based on Brine said. the study's findings, IIHS All distractions are a estimates that manipulat- reason for concern, but cell ing a cellphone while driv- phone use - whether talk- ing was a contributing fac- ing into a hand-held phone, tor in more than 800 deaths texting, viewing screens nationwide in 2017. or scrolling on apps while The Idaho Transporta- driving -- has been shown tion Department reports to be the riskiest distraction that distracted driving con- for drivers. tributed to almost one of "We cannot stress it every three fatal or serious enough," Brine said. "When injury crashes from 2010 to you're driving, keep your 2014. hands on the wheel and "The cause-and-effect your eyes on the road." impact of distracted driv- For more information ing - and in particular, the about distracted driving or use of mobile devices while auto insurance, contact NW driving - are evident in the Insurance Council at 800- data," said Kenton Brine, 664-4942 or visit www. NW Insurance Council nwinsurance.org. President "Each tragic NW Insurance Coun- crash caused by distracted cil is a nonprofit, pub- in tic-education and public policy organization funded by member insurance com- panies serving Washington, Oregon and Idaho. can pu your High radon levels have ing reveals that your home been found in homes in has high radon levelS, you every Idaho county. Radon, can take steps to remove which is odorless, tasteless, the gas and protect you and and invisible, is the second- your family " leading cause of lung can- Radon is an invisible ra- cer, behind smoking, and dioactive gas formed from is a serious health threat in natural deposits of uranium Idaho. Nearly 40 percent of and radium in Idaho soils. Idaho homes tested for ra- The gas is drawn into homes don have higher-than-rec- and buildings through gaps ommended levels and cracks in crawl spaces "Since we know radon and foundations. High lev- causes lung cancer, we rec- els of radon in your home ommend that you test your can expose you and your home to learn if it has high family to radiation, which levels of this harmful gas," can damage your lungs and said Dr. Colby Adams, en- increase your risk of de- vironmental health direc- veloping lung cancer. The tor for the Department of Environmental. Protection Health and Welfare's Divi- Agency estimates that ra- sionofPublicHealth."Test- don causes 21,000 deaths ing a home for radon is easy in the U.S. each year. and inexpensive Home ra- The only way to know don levels are higher dur- if your home has high lev- ing winter months, which els of radon is to test for is why January is National iL Testing is easy, requir- Radon Action Month and ing opening a package and a good time to test. If test- placing a small measuring device in your home for several days. The device is then mailed to a lab for processing, and results are returned to the homeown- er. Visit www.radonidaho. org to order a radon test kit with simple instructions for $9.95. The cost for the test covers shipping, handling, and test results You can also call the Idaho Care-L Line at 211 for more infor- mation. Aberdeen Landfill hours Wednesday 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Thursday 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Lifetime achievement award Power County Hospital Auxiliary President Kay Bammert was awarded the President's Lifetime Achievement Award on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Pink Ladies Auxiliary annual business luncheon. Bammert has dedicated over 35 years of service to the hospital dis- trict, donating over 13,250 hours of time and service. She has held positions on different auxiliary committees and offices. The President's Volunteer Service Award encourages citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition. Bammert received a personalized certificate, an official coin, and a letter of congratula- tions from the president of the United States of America. Pictured left to right are Dal- las Clinger, Hospital Administrator; Kay Bammert, Auxiliary President; and Luis Perez, Volunteer Coordinator. Visit The Times online at: www.press-times.com for news, sports, obituaries, legMs,classifieds & more. I t Valentine's Day All the deals your heart desires! I 1 Tom Raul Devan :17 W. Lincoln mes Pick up a gift subscription for your Valentine, and show them your love the whole year through! 31 S. Main P.O. Box 856 Aberdeen 208-397-4440 t i mysJ @ dc di: n e t . "~ii: ~i~1 ~i~!!!!, I ! ! ! ! ! I I =, ' " 9 Happy Valent=ne s Day! 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