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How Do I Safely Change Lanes While Driving on the Highway?

A deadly two-vehicle car accident that happened on the Durham Highway recently may have been the result of a driver failing to safely change lanes. According to WTVD-TV, as the two vehicles were traveling northbound on the freeway near TW Alexander Drive, one of the cars, a Toyota Camry, began merging into the lane already occupied by the other car, a Honda Civic. After the lane change, the two vehicles collided, sending both cars off the road. The Camry hit the fence in the median and the Civic crashed into a tree. Two passengers sitting in the back of the Honda were killed. The driver and a passenger sitting in the front seat of the Civic as well as the driver of the Camry survived the wreck but did sustain injuries. Tips for Safely Changing Lanes While Driving on the Freeway Here are some tips for how to safely change…
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Did School Resource Officer Go Too Far Slamming Student to Ground After Fight?

Earlier this year, an incident involving a Rolesville High School resource officer made national headlines after a video of the officer slamming a student to the ground went viral. Per a WTVD-TV report, after a fight broke out between two female students in the school’s cafeteria, the sister of the girls involved in the fight tried to break it up. However, as the student was attempting to break up the fight, a school resource officer responded to the scene to do the same. In the course of trying to break up the fight, the school resource officer threw the girl who was attempting to break up the fight to the ground. As a result of being thrown to the ground, the student reportedly suffered a concussion. Following the incident, the school resource officer was placed on administrative leave. Controversy stemming from the incident eventually led to him resigning. His resignation…
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How Does the NC Bathroom Bill Repeal Impact Employment Law?

With the NC bathroom bill repeal in the books, transgender people are free to use the public restroom of their choosing. In addition, the repeal has placed restrictions on the ability of cities and towns to create new workplace laws until 2020. Why Does the NC Bathroom Bill Repeal Prevent Cities and Towns from Creating New Workplace Laws? As a part of the repeal of North Carolina’s bathroom bill (also known as HB 2), in addition to reversing the requirement for transgender individuals to use the restroom in public buildings that corresponds with the gender on their birth certificates, all localities are pre-empted from amending or enacting employment laws until December 2020. This was the compromise necessary to gain enough support from lawmakers to repeal HB 2. Pre-empting cities and towns from creating and changing workplace laws until 2020 does not just prevent them from enacting their own transgender bathroom…
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Is Distracted Driving to Blame for a Spike in Pedestrian Deaths in 2016?

The Governors Highway Safety Association recently released data revealing there was a spike in pedestrian deaths in 2016. There are varying reasons for this rise in pedestrian fatalities. One likely culprit is the combination of an improved economy and lower gas prices resulting in an increased number of vehicles on the road. In addition to more vehicles filling up our roadways, another even more likely reason for the spike in fatal pedestrian accidents is distracted driving. What Drivers Can Do to Prevent Pedestrian Accidents The most important job drivers have when it comes to avoiding pedestrian accidents is to simply stay alert behind the wheel, including: Never drive drunk or under the influence of drugs. Always stop for school buses. This includes both sides of the road. Avoid speeding. Obey the speed limit in school zones. Avoid distracted driving, including texting while driving, eating and driving or talking on a…
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How Did Riddle & Brantley Help Rescue a Mom and Her 8 Puppies?

Riddle & Brantley would like to introduce the newest additions to our family. This is Bella and her 8 young pups. The story begins when our IT Manager was traveling home last week. His companion noticed a dog in very poor condition on the side of the road. They contacted several local rescue groups to assist in locating the dog as their attempts to get close to the dog failed. A local rescue group borrowed a trap the following day and left it overnight in the woods where Bella was first seen. The following morning Bella was found in the cage. She was very emaciated, hungry, dirty and very happy and excited to be in our company. It was observed that Bella was a nursing mom. At this point, we assumed there could be pups. A GPS tracking collar was placed on her in hopes she would lead us to…
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