K21 Skardsøya / TYIN Tegnestue Architects Year: Norway Photographs: Pasi Aalto Contractor:Sissel By, Olve AarhaugArchitect In Charge:Andreas G. Gjertsen, Ørjan NyheimCountry:NorwayMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Pasi AaltoText description provided by the architects. The cottage holds a special place in contemporary Norwegian culture. A few generations back the majority of the Norwegian people made a living from farming, fishing or lumbering, trades which afforded closeness with nature. In the contemporary and urbanized way of life the cottage is a means maintaining this closeness. This particular cottage is modestly sized with its 60 square meters, and thus a sustainable structure both in terms of material usage and energy consumption.Save this picture!© Pasi AaltoThe building sits amidst marshland, sea-adjacent rock and scattered pine- and juniper-vegetation. An important consideration in the project was to avoid interfering with this sensitive surrounding terrain. It heals slowly due to climatic factors. The cottage lies 21 meters above sea level, and the distance to the sea front is 100 meters. Some marsh had to be cleared in preparing for the building phase, exposing bedrock and thus aiding in integrating the cottage with the terrain.Save this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!SectionThe structure rests on a concrete base, and the main building is a studwork house with beamed ceilings. The main building sits on three different levels. This lowers its height and emphasizes a connection between the interior of the cottage and the outside areas. The access point is on the western side of the lot, slightly lower than the cottage itself. Visual impact depends markedly on perspective. From the west the cottage appears rather tall, while from the east it looks lower and more adapted. Entry to the main building is situated next to the outhouse, and a shared gallery roof keeps it sheltered from rain and wind.Save this picture!© Pasi AaltoThe clients did most of the construction work themselves. This level of client participation is rare, and we were delighted to see the level of personal commitment put into the details. The exterior of the building is clad in spruce harvested from the client’s own forest. This untreated material fades rapidly, attaining a light and silvery shimmering hue. The outside detail is kept to a minimum to ensure an even patina for the walls.Save this picture!© Pasi AaltoProject gallerySee allShow lessKengo Kuma Unveils Designs for Residential Superstructures in MoscowArchitecture News39 Strange Habits Most Architects Can Relate ToArticles Share Photographs Save this picture!© Pasi Aalto+ 20 Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/800301/k21-skardsoya-tyin-tegnestue-architects Clipboard 2016 CopyHouses•Norway CopyAbout this officeTYIN Tegnestue ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesNorwayPublished on November 28, 2016Cite: “K21 Skardsøya / TYIN Tegnestue Architects” 28 Nov 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
“COPY” Area: 484 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Spain Photographs: Tuñón ArquitectosCollaborators:Albert Palazón, Victoria López Cabezas, Jose Miguel Martín, Inés García De Paredes, Miguel Cayuelas Del Barrio, Andrés Regueiro, Javier Chávez Muñoz and Julia Díaz BecaStructures:Alfonso Gómez GaiteInstallations:Úrculo IngenierosQuantity Surveyor:José Carlos PozoLandscaping:Benavides LapercheContractor:FISSAArchitects:Emilio Tuñón and Carlos Martínez AlbornozCity:CáceresCountry:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Tuñón ArquitectosRecommended ProductsWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsText description provided by the architects. Located in Cáceres, the house is a simple prismatic volume with a square floor plan of 16-meter sides, and each of the four facades is perforated by three Windows. The stretches of a wall have been constructed with local quartzite stone, and the windows are framed with Extremadura granite of warm tones.Save this picture!Floor Plans SchemeSave this picture!© Tuñón ArquitectosSave this picture!Axonometric SchemeRigorously defined by its outlines, the volume accommodates nine cubic spaces of 4.2-meter sides which serve different domestic uses, from sitting rooms and bedrooms to the kitchen, with the closets and bathrooms placed in between. Save this picture!© Tuñón ArquitectosSave this picture!SectionsSave this picture!© Tuñón ArquitectosEach of those spaces comprises two layers: a lower one clad with oakwood boards where the building services are placed; and an upper stratum formed by a through of white concrete and completely free of mechanisms. The rooms open on to the exterior landscape through large oak-framed windows of square proportions. An open platform at the back features a swimming pool.Save this picture!© Tuñón ArquitectosWith its 16-meter sides, the square-plan house contains nine rooms and is built on the outside with walls of local quartzite stone detailed with granite, and on the inside with white concrete and oakwood claddings.Save this picture!© Tuñón ArquitectosProject gallerySee allShow lessCasa Zupe / Iván Bravo + Bruno GilibertoSelected ProjectsPeter Barber’s Adventurously Eccentric London ArchitectureArticles Share 2018 Stone Houses in Cáceres / Tuñón ArquitectosSave this projectSaveStone Houses in Cáceres / Tuñón Arquitectos Save this picture!© Tuñón Arquitectos+ 40Curated by Danae Santibañez Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/907251/stone-houses-in-caceres-tunon-arquitectos Clipboard “COPY” Photographs Year: ArchDaily CopyHouses•Cáceres, Spain Architects: Tuñón Arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project Stone Houses in Cáceres / Tuñón Arquitectos Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/907251/stone-houses-in-caceres-tunon-arquitectos Clipboard CopyAbout this officeTuñón ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductsWoodStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCáceresSpainPublished on December 07, 2018Cite: “Stone Houses in Cáceres / Tuñón Arquitectos” [Casas de Piedra en Cáceres / Tuñón Arquitectos] 07 Dec 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
44 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis BT Friends and Family to help three charities AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate Advertisement Howard Lake | 22 December 2000 | News For the third year running British Telecom is encouraging its customers to donate their Friends and Family scheme discounts to charity during December. Marie Curie Cancer Care, the Stroke Association, and the National Meningitis Trust were the successful applicants who will receive funding to enhance their Web presences. BT expects to raise £3m for the charities, to which it will add a further £1m. If all Friends and Family scheme users donated their savings the scheme could raise £29m.Last year’s recipient, Childline, received £1.5m. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
News March 9, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 YouTube unblocked after withdrawal of videos insulting Ataturk News Follow the news on Turkey Receive email alerts News —————Court blocks access to YouTube because of videos “insulting” AtaturkAn Istanbul court yesterday ordered Internet Service Providers to block access to the US video-sharing website Youtube because of content deemed insulting to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the modern Turkish state. After the site agreed to remove the offending videos, the same court lifted the order (but it was still blocked at 1515 GMT today).Reporters Without Borders said it viewed the court order blocking YouTube as disproportionate, pointing out that other countries such as Brazil and Iran have adopted this kind of measure in the past.“Blocking all access to a video-sharing site because of a few videos that are considered offensive is a radical and inappropriate measure,” the press freedom organisation said. “We hope the Turkish courts will behave with moderation, especially as regards presumed attacks on Turkish identity, as this kind of censorship will just exacerbate the tension surrounding the identity issue.”The court order was implemented by Turkey’s leading ISP, Turk Telecom, which immediately blocked the site. “We are not in a position to say if the YouTube video was insulting, we just respect the court’s decision,” the head of the company, Paul Doany, said. Reporters Without Borders verified that the site was still inaccessible in Turkey at 1515 GMT today.In some of the offending videos, Ataturk and the Turkish people were referred to as homosexuals. In others, insults had been affixed to the Turkish flag and Ataturk’s portrait. They may have been posted as part of a “virtual war” between Turkish and Greek nationalists. Thousands of emails were reportedly sent to YouTube by Turkish Internet users protesting against the videos. Insulting Ataturk is punishable by imprisonment in Turkey.Iran’s leading ISPs have been blocking access to YouTube since December because of “immoral” content. In January, a Brazilian court ordered the site blocked because of a video considered defamatory by a leading Brazilian fashion model. The blocking lasted just a few days.——————-Read our weekly “blog review” and create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Organisation News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law TurkeyEurope – Central Asia RSF_en Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit to go further Help by sharing this information Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 28, 2021 Find out more April 2, 2021 Find out more The court order blocking access to YouTube was lifted today, and Reporters Without Borders has confirmed that the video-sharing website is once again accessible from within Turkey. Access was blocked on 7 March after the posting of videos that insulted Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish republic. April 2, 2021 Find out more
Pinterest Today in History By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 Twitter Facebook Previous articleNembhard, LeDee help TCU slip past Oklahoma State 81-78Next articleSMU narrowly tops Tulsa 65-63 Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp WhatsApp TAGS Facebook Twitter Local NewsUS News Pinterest Today in History Today is Thursday, Feb. 4, the 35th day of 2021. There are 330 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Feb. 4, 1945, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet leader Josef Stalin began a wartime conference at Yalta. On this date: In 1783, Britain’s King George III proclaimed a formal cessation of hostilities in the American Revolutionary War. In 1789, electors chose George Washington to be the first president of the United States. In 1861, delegates from six southern states that had recently seceded from the Union met in Montgomery, Alabama, to form the Confederate States of America. In 1913, Rosa Parks, a Black woman whose 1955 refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Ala., city bus to a white man sparked a civil rights revolution, was born Rosa Louise McCauley in Tuskegee. In 1944, the Bronze Star Medal, honoring “heroic or meritorious achievement or service,” was authorized by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 1962, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was founded in Memphis, Tennessee, by entertainer Danny Thomas. In 1974, newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst, 19, was kidnapped in Berkeley, California, by the radical Symbionese Liberation Army. In 1976, more than 23,000 people died when a severe earthquake struck Guatemala with a magnitude of 7.5, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. In 1983, pop singer-musician Karen Carpenter died in Downey, California, at age 32. In 1997, a civil jury in Santa Monica, California, found O.J. Simpson liable for the deaths of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman. In 1999, Amadou Diallo, an unarmed West African immigrant, was shot and killed in front of his Bronx home by four plainclothes New York City police officers. (The officers were acquitted at trial.) In 2004, the Massachusetts high court declared that gay couples were entitled to nothing less than marriage, and that Vermont-style civil unions would not suffice. Ten years ago: President Barack Obama appealed to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to focus on his legacy and begin an orderly process to relinquish the power he’d held for 30 years; however, Obama stopped short of calling for Mubarak’s immediate resignation. Iraq’s prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, said he would return half of his annual salary to the public treasury in a symbolic gesture that appeared calculated to insulate him against anti-government unrest spreading across the Middle East. Five years ago: In their first one-on-one debate, Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders of subjecting her to an “artful smear” by trying to cast her as beholden to Wall Street interests while Sanders suggested the former secretary of state was a captive of America’s political establishment during the Democratic faceoff in Durham, New Hampshire. Infuriating members of Congress, a smirking Martin Shkreli took the Fifth at a Capitol Hill hearing on his practice of jacking up drug prices as CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals. One year ago: Thousands of medical workers in Hong Kong were on strike for a second day to demand that the country’s border with China be completely closed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus; the territory reported its first death from the virus and the second known fatality outside China. Addressing a nation and a Congress sharply divided over his impeachment, President Donald Trump delivered a State of the Union address in which he hailed a “Great American Comeback” on his watch; Republican legislators chanted “Four More Years,” while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up her copy of Trump’s speech as he ended the address. Daniel arap Moi, a former schoolteacher who became Kenya’s longest-serving president, died at 95. Today’s Birthdays: Actor Jerry Adler is 92. Former Argentinian President Isabel Peron is 90. Actor Gary Conway is 85. Actor John Schuck is 81. Rock musician John Steel (The Animals) is 80. Singer Florence LaRue (The Fifth Dimension) is 79. Former Vice President Dan Quayle is 74. Rock singer Alice Cooper is 73. Actor Michael Beck is 72. Actor Lisa Eichhorn is 69. Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor is 62. Actor Pamelyn Ferdin is 62. Rock singer Tim Booth is 61. Rock musician Henry Bogdan is 60. Country singer Clint Black is 59. 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Related posts:No related photos. Questions and answersOn 1 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article The employment law team at Allen & Overy answer questions on workplaceissuesDrug and alcohol testing Q: Can I test employees fordrugs and alcohol? A: Provided that testing isnot implemented in a discriminatory manner, there is no legal restriction onemployers asking applicants to undergo pre-employment tests or making any offerof employment subject to the applicant consenting and the results being”clean”. However, during employment there is no right to test employees withoutconsent. An employer who does so could find itself facing an assault charge.There may also be grounds for an employee to claim constructive dismissal ifthe employer is unable to demonstrate reasonable grounds for testing. An employer should always seek consent to the testing, make contractualprovision for any test it may wish to carry out (making clear that a refusal totake a test will be a matter of misconduct which may lead to the application ofa disciplinary procedure) and follow an established procedure which ensuresfairness. This is not, however, the end of the problem. Employers should also note: – Confidentiality must be preserved as testing may disclose the use ofprescription drugs. – Whilst alcohol levels fall rapidly after consumption, other drugs remaindetectable. Taking disciplinary action against an employee can be difficult ifdrugs were taken outside of the workplace or outside contractual hours. Muchwill depend on the circumstances. Drug or alcohol abuse may undermine therelationship of trust and confidence and provide grounds for dismissal but thatwill not automatically be the case. – The action to be taken if a “positive” result is obtained needsto be considered. The employer should establish a policy which sets out whetherpositive results will be treated as misconduct to be dealt with under theemployer’s disciplinary procedure or as a medical matter to be dealt with byassisting the employee. – The Data Protection Commissioner’s draft Code of Practice includes asection on drug and alcohol testing providing that: covert testing should notnormally be conducted; testing, unless justified on safety grounds, should onlybe conducted as part of a programme for the detection and treatment ofsubstance abuse; if testing on health grounds, employers should not test onlyfor illegal drugs as safety can also be compromised by legal drugs; and thattesting used as a basis for decisions affecting a person’s employability mustbe conducted under the direction of a medically qualified person. Ian Fyffe Request for personnel file Q: Am I obliged to give acopy of a personnel file to an employee who requests it? A: The Data Protection Act1998 (the “DPA”) has created the right for an employee to view thecontents of a personnel file held by their employer containing personal datarelating to them. For the purposes of the DPA, “data” means information which isrecorded as part of a relevant filing system. A “relevant filingsystem” is one which includes “personal data” which is”structured, either by reference to individuals or by reference to criteriarelating to individuals, in such a way that specific information relating to aparticular individual is readily accessible”. Personal data includes any expression of an opinion about an individual andany indication of the intentions of an employer in respect of that individual.Employers should recognise that all paper and electronic based personnelrecords now potentially fall within the data protection regime. An employee is entitled to know of, and receive, a description of anypersonal data relating to them together with the purpose of the data and towhom it may be disclosed. The personal data should be communicated to theindividual in an intelligible form with information as to its source. Under theprovisions of the DPA, the employer is not obliged to supply personal dataunless he has received a written request and a fee. If there is any danger of disclosing information relating to another personwho can be identified from that information, then the employer is not obligedto comply with the request unless the other person has consented to thedisclosure of the information or it is reasonable not to request the consent ofthat person. An employee has no right under section 7 of the DPA to gain access to aconfidential reference given by an employer for the purposes of education,training or employment. Employees do have a right to access references givenabout them by third parties to the employer. It is not necessary to hand overinformation if it would affect negotiations (for example, on a termination) orif it is covered by legal professional privilege. If they have not already done so, employers should start acting now. Manyorganisations are either confirming with their employees some of the basic dataheld about them (for example, name, address, career history, qualifications andlength of service) or they are making facilities available for employees tocheck personal files. Martin Palmer E-mail and Internet monitoring Q: Do I have the right tomonitor employees’ use of e-mail and the Internet? A: An employer may monitoremployees’ e-mail and Internet use provided the employer has reasonable groundsto believe that both parties to a communication have consented or if theinterception is a “lawful interception” as defined in the LawfulBusiness Practice Regulations (the Regulations). Clearly, it may not be practicable for employers to obtain consent from therecipient of e-mails. However, the employer can still monitor as long as it hasmade all reasonable efforts to inform employees that their e-mail and Internetuse may be monitored. Also, any interception must be for one of the lawfulpurposes in the Regulations. These include monitoring for the purpose ofdetecting unauthorised use of the system, such as downloading of pornography,or to ensure the effective operation of the system such as virus checks. Accordingly, employers are advised to publish a policy on e-mail andInternet use and make it clear in that policy that the employer may monitore-mail and Internet use to ensure that the systems are being used for properpurposes. Monitoring e-mail and Internet use also raises data protection issues. TheData Protection Commissioner’s draft Code of Practice is much more restrictivethan the Regulations in relation to monitoring. It is hoped that following therecent consultation process the Data Protection Commissioner will clarify howthese different areas of legislation should be read together. In the meantime, employers will be acting lawfully in monitoring so long astheir activities comply with the Regulations, even though this may not bepermitted under the draft Code. Victoria Vallely Inappropriate material Q: Can I discipline and/ordismiss employees for circulating inappropriate material? A: The short answer isprobably “yes” although, as ever, there are a number of importantfactors to be kept in mind. The circulation of inappropriate material either inhard copy or by e-mail is often likely to constitute misconduct or grossmisconduct. Recent tribunal cases have confirmed that disciplinary actionincluding dismissal can be justified, depending on the circumstances. In the context of e-mail circulation, most employers draw a distinctionbetween receiving inappropriate material and forwarding it on to others. It isdifficult to justify taking disciplinary action against an employee for merelyreceiving an offensive joke, where the e-mail was unsolicited by the employeeand he/she had no way of preventing its receipt. The more serious offence is,of course, to forward the e-mail on to others. Before deciding whether to take disciplinary action, an employer shouldalways carry out an appropriate investigation. This will invariably involveinterviewing witnesses, reviewing e-mail records or other evidence and holdinga disciplinary hearing. The employer should also have regard to its own policy on such matters. Itis increasingly common and advisable for disciplinary and e-mail/Internetpolicies to state expressly that circulation of inappropriate materialconstitutes misconduct (and possibly gross misconduct) so employees can be leftin no doubt about the consequences of such actions. Regard should also be had to consistency and proportionality. In determiningthe fairness or otherwise of a dismissal, a tribunal is entitled to take intoaccount how an employer has dealt with previous instances of misconduct. Jonathan Carr
Aim: To predict the at-sea distribution of chinstrap penguins across the South Orkney Islands and to quantify the overlap with the Southern Ocean krill fishery.Location: South Orkney Islands, Antarctica.Methods: Penguins from four colonies across the South Orkney Islands were tracked using global positioning systems (GPSs) and time depth recorders (TDRs). Relationships between a variety of environmental and geometric variables and the at-sea distribution of penguins were investigated using general additive models for the three main phases of the breeding season. Subsequently, the final models were extrapolatedacross the South Orkney archipelago to predict the at-seadistribution of penguins from colonies where no tracking data are available. Finally, the overlap between areas used by chinstrap penguins and the krill fishery was quantified.Results: The foraging distribution of chinstrap penguins can be predicted using two simple and static variables: the distance from the colony and the direction of traveltowards the shelf-edge, while avoiding high densities of Pygoscelis penguins from other colonies. Additionally, we find that the chinstrap penguins breeding on the South Orkney Islands use areas which overlap with frequently used krill fishing areas and that this overlap is most prominent during the brood and crèche phases of the breeding season.Main conclusions: This is the first step in understanding the potential impacts of the krill fishery, for all colonies including those where no empirical tracking data are available. However, with the available data, it is not currently possible to infer an impact of the krill fisheries on penguins. With this in mind, we recommend the implementation of monitoring schemes to investigate the effects of prey depletion on predator populations and to ensure that management continues to follow a precautionary approach and is addressed at spatial and temporal scales relevant to ecosystem operation.
Army Corps of Engineers beach replenishment project for Ocean City, NJ, Strathmere and Sea Isle City.The following is Ocean City Mayor Jay Gillian’s weekly update to citizens posted on Friday, Dec. 12. Dear Friends,This week I learned of the planned schedule for the beach replenishment project in the south end of Ocean City from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). We are being told that in Ocean City, mobilization of the dredging equipment will begin in early April 2015 with pumping beginning in early May 2015, going from north to south. The dredging company will use two dredges, one for Ocean City and one for Strathmere and Sea Isle.This is great news for Ocean City, and we are grateful that this project is moving forward. It will serve to protect billions of dollars of public and private property in the years ahead. We expect to hear more detailed information at an upcoming preconstruction meeting. We like the concept of using two dredges and believe that is beneficial to the communities. We have some reservations about the May start date but will wait to hear more details at the preconstruction meeting. Ocean City looks forward to working with the Army Corps of Engineers and the NJ DEP on another successful project.We will start meeting now with key stakeholders so that we can communicate the project proactively, and minimize any possible inconveniences for our residents and guests during the summer season. I will continue to update you on this project as more information becomes available in the months ahead.I am also happy to share that the new pumps installed as part of the Merion Park road and drainage project became fully operational on Thursday. Please note that the pumps were not yet operational during Tuesday’s storm. Thank you again to all of the Merion Park residents who have patiently cooperated with the city through this project.Today, we hosted the Cape Mayor County Mayor’s lunch and participated in a discussion regarding the ongoing drug problem in our County. It is now more important than ever that families secure and monitor their prescription drugs, as we learned that children as young as nine years old are becoming regular drug users. I plan to provide more information and resources on this topic in a future letter, but ask that during this holiday season all parents and guardians establish an open dialogue with their children regarding the dangers of drug use.Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the over 60 participants in last week’s Christmas Parade. We had a great crowd on Asbury Avenue and I hope everyone enjoyed the parade. I would like to offer a special thanks to the Downtown Merchants, the Chamber of Commerce, City Council and City team members for their support and commitment to the parade.I hope you all have a great weekend.Warm regards,Jay A. GillianMayor
A new AAA study used dash cameras to determine all the ways teen drivers are distracted before crashes.Ocean City Police will be cracking down on distracted driving starting April 1. The crackdown is part of a statewide enforcement program, UDRIVE UTEXT UPAY, for the month of April.New research suggests that the problem is even more prevalent among teens than previously feared.“Access to crash videos has allowed us to better understand the moments leading up to a vehicle impact in a way that was previously impossible,” AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety President Peter Kissinger said. “The in-depth analysis provides indisputable evidence that teen drivers are distracted in a much greater percentage of crashes than we previously realized.”Using in-vehicle event recorders, researchers analyzed the six seconds leading up to a moderate-to-severe crash in nearly 1,700 videos of teen drivers. The results showed 58 percent of those drivers were distracted in some way, including 89 percent of road departure crashes and 76 percent of rear-end crashes.The 58 percent figure is more than four times the 14 percent estimate previously given by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, whose estimates were based on police reports.The videos showed the most common forms distraction leading to a crash in teen drivers included:Interacting with other passengers (15 percent of crashes)Cell phone use (12 percent)Looking at something inside the vehicle (10 percent)Looking at something outside the vehicle (9 percent)Singing or moving to music (8 percent)Grooming (6 percent)Reaching for an object (6 percent)The research shows that drivers using cell phones — calling, texting and other uses — had their eyes off the road for an average of 4 .1 out of the final six seconds leading up to a crash.Reaction time for teens following cell phone use was also cut down significantly. Those teens in the study failed to react more than half of the time before the impact, meaning they crashed without taking evasive action, like braking or steering.AAA CEO Bob Darbelnet said distractions are made worse for teen drivers because of inexperience behind the wheel.“Young drivers cannot draw upon their previous experience to manage unsafe conditions,” Darbelnet said, adding AAA recommends New Jersey review the Graduated Driver License (GDL) policy and distracted driving laws in the wake of the new research to further protect teens behind the wheel.“AAA recommends that state laws prohibit cell phone use by teen drivers and restrict passengers to one non-family member for the first six months of driving.”The GDL laws allow new drivers to gain practical experience in a relatively safe environment by restricting their exposure to risky situations. Thirty-three states prevent cell phone use for teens and 18 states have passenger restrictions meeting AAA’s recommendations.In all three stages of New Jersey’s GDL program, new drivers are allowed only one additional passenger unless a parent or guardian is present and are banned from using cell phones, hand-held wireless games or any hands-free interactive, wireless communication device.Having too many kids in the car needs to be a bigger focus when discussing distracted driving. It’s not just the texting, but multiple kids in the car that’s a big worry. New drivers have a difficult time dealing with that distraction. Young drivers break GDL rules every day. Students under GDL guidelines drive off with full cars after school. We understand the convenience but safety supersedes the need for convenience.“U Drive. U Text. U Pay” is similar to the “Drive Sober Get Pulled Over” campaign that runs during major holidays to cut down on drunk drivers, and the “Click It or Ticket” to enforce the use of seatbelts. Statistics show these programs dramatically curb the illegal habits.“U Drive. U Text. U Pay” seeks to enforce anti-texting laws with advertising designed to let motorists know of the campaign and convince them to obey the law. The program was granted about $8.4 million funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation, to help spread awareness of the program and support additional officer patrols.Ocean City Police Chief, Chad Callahan announced the department will be increasing enforcement efforts through the entire month of April.Teens have the highest crash rate of any group in the United States. About 963,000 drivers aged 16 to 19 were involved in police-reported crashes in 2013, the most recent year of available data. These crashes resulted in 383,000 injuries and 2,865 deaths.The full research report and video of teen driver can be found at:https://www.aaafoundation.org— News release from the Ocean City Police Department