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    Last night in Kingsport Tennessee, a driver drove BACKWARDS into a Wal-Mart store, drove BETWEEN bollards installed too far apart to do any good, and slammed into a family of four who was exiting the store.  All four -- mother, father and two young children, were rushed to the hospital.There is a great piece of reporting including an on-scene stand-up that explains the layout and the situation quite well (no video of the accident itself, so no horror scenes.)  Video from local s [...]

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    AB-2161, written and championed by California State Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-20), passed the California Assembly and Senate with no dissenting votes, and was signed into law July 22 by Governor Jerry Brown. The new law makes California the first state in the U.S. to encourage through statute the use of protective safety barriers at vulnerable locations including parking lots, retail centers, office buildings and restaurants.The law "provides that the use of certain vehicle barriers at a [...]

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    September is National Preparedness Month And has been designated by the Department of Homeland Security as a time for civilians, government, businesses, and institutions to join together to start planning to prevent tragedy and catastrophe BEFORE disasters occur.  For more about this program, see this link at READY.GOVWe here at the Storefront Safety Council want to point out that when a car crashes into a convenience store or a restaurant or a dentist's office, it is indeed a disast [...]

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    A Trader Joe's grocery store suffered a serious injury crash on 8 October.  A vehicle operated by an elderly driver crashed into the storefront -- the cause of the accident is as yet unknown.  However, the lack of protection from such accidents is VERY WELL KNOWN.  A rash of similar crashes caused Trader Joe's to initiate "Universal Parameters For Site Safety" which includes the installation of barriers to protect storefront from oncoming vehicles. Clearly -- no effective [...]

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    Goleta California in October.  Kettering Ohio and Encinitas California this week.  Three storefront crashes at Trader Joe's stores in three months.  For a chain that values and promotes its image of a happy team working to serve happy communities, these three crashes (after more than a half dozen over the last three years) show a large gap between what gets said and what gets done at Trader Joe's. Since announcing their comprehensive storefront protection program call [...]

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    In the America’s heartland, many of us live out our everyday lives without the worry of terrorist striking close to our towns and cities, simply believing that the threat of terrorism will not visit their own home town or city. Since 911 our government has successfully thwarted similar attacks on a grand scale, but they have been unsuccessful at stopping them entirely, as terrorists today have changed their strategy and are now striking softer targets which could occur right here in the st [...]

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    In a little more than a week, this town saw the tragedy, saw the problem, and resolved to find a solution. The result: an ordinance requiring safety bollards in front of retail stores and other vulnerable locationsContact me if you want a copy of the ordinance. Here is the media report:http://wiat.com/2017/03/01/midfield-passes-ordinance-for-barriers-in-front-of-businesses-after-fatal-crash/Midfield passes ordinance for barriers in front o [...]

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    Simple.  Clean.  Effective.  In an area with almost no setbacks and a tight space shared by cars, pedestrians, and customers with shopping carts, Walmart prevented tragedy in Princeton Texas cheaply and effectively. Simple lesson, well learned.  Well done, Walmart! [...]

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    It has been a very bad six months for crowds and pedestrians in America.First came Mardi Gras in New Orleans in February, when a crowd watching a passing parade was struck from behind by a pickup truck driven by a very intoxicated driver.  28 people were injured, some seriously.Next came Times Square in May, where a crazed driver accelerated down a sidewalk in Manhattan deliberately aiming at pedestrians, injuring 22 and killing one young girl. Now in August comes the events in Charlo [...]

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  • 01/24/18--14:49: Making Cities Safer
  • On the evening of April 25, 2014, then Artesia Mayor Pro Tem, Victor Manalo received word that his mother-in-law, Marisa and his three children, Isabel, Jack, and Amanda were involved in an accident at Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor in Buena Park, CA.  While waiting in front of the restaurant, a man got into his car with his wife to leave.  The car, parked in a disabled parking spot, was facing the front of the restaurant. Instead of putting his car into reverse, he put it into drive, [...]

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    Crash & Grab #ramraids are a national problem, and Harris County Texas (Houston) is among the hardest hit places.  But what jurisdiction has ZERO PROTECTION at a county court house these days?  Where is the perimeter protection?  Watch video. [...]