All parents want to keep their children safe no matter how young or old they are.  When children mature into teenagers they are presented with new dangers, as parents it’s our job to stay informed so that we can encourage our children to make good decisions- especially behind the wheel. If you have a young driver at home consider the following:

The FDA has recently announced new guidelines meant to make sure infant formula is both safe and nutritious. The new guidelines are based on research following recalls on Gerber formula and some other brands of organic formula after discovering his levels of inorganic arsenic. Most formula makers already abide to the practices, but the FDA is now enforcing rules that will ensure that these manufacturers test their products for salmonella and other pathogens before distribution.

The Department of Health and Human Services issued series of guidelines to help parents reduce the risk of injuries caused by their child’s imaginations, which child-safety advocates deem as dangerous and the cause of motor vehicle accidents and congenital diseases among children ages 3-14. Child-safety expert, Kenneth McMillian says we need to destroy our child’s imagination before it destroys them.

An inexperienced driver who reaches for their cellphone increases their risk for getting into a crash by more than 700%, according to an article in the New York Times. A study used accelerometers, cameras , global positioning devices and other sense to determine the driving habits of 42 inexperienced, newly licensed drivers ages 16 and 17.

Two food crops pesticides may damage the brains of children and unborn babies, according to a safety watchdog alert. The suspect chemicals are used around the world on farms growing grapes, strawberries, lettuce, tomatoes, tea and oranges. They are part of a new group of pesticides called neonicotinoids, which are also used in some flea treatments for pets.

Earlier this year, we teamed up with CBS6 News in Albany to spread the word to high school students about the deadly consequences of distracted driving. Just last year, 7 Saratoga County teens were killed in crashes within a 30-mile radius. Andrew Finkelstein spoke to the students about the dangers of texting while driving and presented a powerful presentation to the students of Mechanicville.

A recent poll presented by USA Today shows that drivers are surfing the web while driving more than ever before. According to the poll, the number of people who have read an email on their phone while driving has increased by 3% since 2011 (21% - 24%) and 16% have responded to an e-mail on their cell phone while driving, up 1% from 2011.

DriveCam is a device that monitors the driving habits of the person operating the vehicle, according to a recent article from Knox News. The device records video whenever the driver makes a mistake. According to a Wisconsin teen, the device made her into the better more cautious driving she is today. She said it was nice because it told her what she was doing wrong so she could correct her mistakes.

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