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June 2006 Archives

CPSC Warns Consumers on Using Professional Fireworks

Between 2000 and 2005, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has received reports of 36 fireworks-related consumer deaths. More than a third of these incidents involved professional devices, which were sold illegally to consumers. “Commercial fireworks are much more powerful and often ignite faster than you can imagine,” said CPSC Chairman Hal Stratton. “They are illegal in the hands of consumers and should only be used by licensed professionals.”

July Spotlight: Traffic Tickets

Each month FindLaw for the Public highlights a legal topic. As Americans hit the road for summer vacations, the topic for July is Traffic Tickets -- with information and resources on traffic violations, how to fight a ticket, and much more.

Supreme Court: Police Don't Need to Knock

In a decision that expands police search power under the Fourth Amendment, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that police officers serving a search warrant may enter a home without knocking, and any evidence obtained as a result of the search may still be admissible, despite the police officers' violation of the so-called "knock and announce" rule.

Insurance Institute Releases Side Impact Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) released crash test results for eight large cars. The tests were meant to simulate side impact with a sport utility vehicle or small truck. According to the IIHS, side impact crashes are the second most common fatal crash type (after frontal crashes). Of the eight vehicles tested, the Toyota Avalon and Chevrolet Impala earned the best ratings. Both vehicles come equipped with standard side airbags.

FBI Releases Preliminary Crime Statistics for 2005

The Federal Bureau of Investigation released the Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report for 2005, which showed a mixed direction in crime nationwide: the number of violent crime offenses rose 2.5 percent, but the number of property crime offenses decreased 1.6 percent when compared with data from 2004.

Vehicle Rollover Rankings for 2006

Rollover ratings for 2006 model sport utility vehicles (SUVs) show a marked improvement over 2005, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced. The rating results also point to an unprecedented number of SUVs with electronic stability control (ESC) in 2006. Earlier research by NHTSA documented the potential life-saving benefits of ESC, reducing single vehicle crashes by 63 percent for SUVs and 30 percent for passenger cars.