As soon as the Thanksgiving turkey has left the table, many Americans turn their focus sharply towards Christmas. Trees are chosen and dressed, decorations are brought down from the attic or in from the garage and dusted off, and many families choose to get an early start on shopping for presents. “Black Friday,” as the day after Thanksgiving has come to be known in the last couple of decades, is a day when many retailers recognize this trend by offering special sales and incentives to shoppers.
Maybe it is due to the constant stream of news – not just celebrity gossip, sports triumphs, and current events, but also the unique kind of action-packed politics of recent years – but it seems like 2018 has flown by. Already the last pages of the calendar are in sight, and the final holidays of the year are ticking by. Nevada Day is a distant memory, Election Day has passed, and Veterans’ Day is over. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many have already made travel plans. Those who have are the wisest among us, because last-minute travel can be costly.
There is a new law in effect in Nevada that requires all drivers who have been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol to install an ignition interlock device in their cars. As of Monday, October 1, any driver who has been pulled over for reckless driving and has registered with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08 or higher will be required to use one of the devices for six months.
We celebrated Nevada day on October 26, which celebrates the Silver State’s founding on October 31, 1864. For many, this holiday is a welcome day off work or school. On the occasional year that it is celebrated on October 31, children relish the opportunity to indulge in a full day of Halloween festivities without the distraction of six hours of school time.
As the end of October approaches, you may have noticed some spooky changes in your neighborhood. Pumpkins are appearing on doorsteps, cotton spiderwebs lace the local greenery, and children are trying on their costumes and masks for size. Families are visiting corn mazes, and kindergartens are taking their yearly field trip to the local pumpkin patch. Halloween is coming, and preparing for this holiday should involve more than stocking up on fun-sized candy bars.There is some debate as to when it is appropriate to begin and cease trick-or-treating.
October 1 marked the one-year anniversary of the deadliest mass murder in U.S. history. The tragedy took place at an open-air country music concert at the MGM Grand. A total of 58 people were killed and another 400 were injured by a single gunman firing from the high-rise hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The concert, featuring country music star Jason Aldean, drew thousands of fans. Gunman Stephen Paddock fired from the 32nd floor on the crowd below with modified semi-automatic weapons.
It’s a sad fact, but DUI accidents are common. As we discussed in a recent post, something like 10,000 lives are lost nationally each year in drunk-driving accidents. We hear about them on the news, we see the aftermath on the highway…every once in a while we pass through a DUI checkpoint, usually around the holidays.
It’s a common scenario: a busy parent has spent the day caring for their young baby, and now they are both physically and mentally exhausted. If the child would only sit still for five minutes, laundry could be started, dinner could be made, or a hard-working mother or father could relax briefly. There are several devices parents turn to in these circumstances that strap a baby in with some sort of activity or entertainment. Bouncers, baby gyms, and Bumbo chairs are common favorites. Another commonly deployed device is the baby walker.
Elder Abuse and Neglect is Growing With the Aging Population Abuse at all ages is a common trope in the news these days. One population that is sometimes ignored from a media standpoint is the elderly. Those who can no longer care for themselves have limited options available. Some might rely on family – who may or may not be available – to help them meet their needs while living at home. Others are able to hire outside help to come into their homes and assist with basic care.
Exploring the Causes of Fatal DUI Accidents Unfortunately, we see a steady stream of families working to recover from drunk-driving accidents. In the “good” scenarios, someone has been seriously injured but survived; the “bad” ones involve the death of one or more members of the family.