Cellphone and Texting Laws

Texas Governor Perry refused to sign a bill into law that prohibited texting while driving. His rationale was that the state could not tell its drivers what they could or could not do in any distraction is a risk while driving a car. Distractions come from inside and outside the car. People and things seen on the roadway and music, food, cigarettes and cell phones inside the car equally distract even the best drivers. I was a passenger in a car that rear-ended another because our driver was looking at a pretty girl with a huge Great Dane dog. I was a driver when I rear-ended another car while reading emails.

We cannot rid ourselves of all distractions because we do not have control over those outside our car. We do, however, have absolute control over what is going on inside our car. How can someone drive a car 65 mile per hour while eating a hamburger in a foil wrapper? Dropping food, drinks, cigarettes, combs, brushes and makeup are a huge hazard. Looking for them in the car after you drop them is a guaranteed incident. Same with cell phone use and texting. Sooner or later,

Talking on a hand-held cellphone while driving: Banned in 10 states (California, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Washington, and West Virginia) and the District of Columbia.
The use of all cellphones by novice drivers: Restricted in 33 states and the District of Columbia
The use of all cellphones while driving a school bus: Prohibited in 19 states and the District of Columbia.
Text messaging: Banned for all drivers in 39 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, Text messaging by novice drivers: Banned in 5 states (Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas).
Text messaging school bus drivers: Banned from text messaging in 3 states (Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas).




Think Glaucoma’s blindness is bad? What about the eye problems/infections, including possible blindness complications that could come from a defective drug used in glaucoma surgery? At least the glaucoma is treatable with surgical procedures.

Mobius Therapeutics, LLC issued a voluntary recall of its Mitosol® (mitomycin for solution Kit for Ophthalmic Use on January 10, 2013. Mobius Therapeutics, recalled lots of its Mitosol® (mitomycin for solution), 0.2 mg/vial, Kit for Ophthalmic Use due to the fact that it could not exclude the possibility that the affected lots may be non-sterile and unsafe for use.
Mitosol is an antimetabolite product used in ab externo glaucoma surgery where the incisions are made from the outside of the eye inward. A non-steril dose of this product could result in serious eye problems/infections, including possible blindness. Mobius says it has not received any reports of adverse events related to this recall, but there are thousands of affected doses. The impacted product is identified below:
NDC # Lot # Exp Date
49771-002-01 M098260 08/2013
49771-002-01 M086920 08/2013

Further, these lots were distributed for a 2 month period in the following states:
AL, AR, DE, GA, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TN, VA, & WI
between the dates of 10/22/2012 and 12/14/2012.

What caused the defective non-steril product? Poor manufacturing practices. If you or a loved one suffered serious eye problems/infections, including possible blindness after glaucoma surgery between October 22, 2012 January 10, 2013, it may be related to this product defect.


Texas is #1“ again

Texas homeowners are still paying the highest insurance premiums in the nation, although residents of two other Gulf Coast states are paying almost as much, new figures from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners show. Texans pay sky-high premiums for policies that have more holes than a block of Swiss cheese, said Alex Winslow of Texas Watch, a consumer group active in insurance rate issues. Prices continue to climb while coverage is getting slashed. Winslow said the Legislature needs to consider a proposal that would require insurers to offer a standard policy so homeowners can do comparison shopping. It would give consumers a benchmark choice to make meaningful comparisons and determine which policy provides the best value for their hard-earned dollars, he said.

Excerpted from: Texas homeowners still paying nation’s highest insurance premiums, by Terrence Stutz, Dallas Morning News 12-18-12