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Criminal law: Colorado juveniles arrested for serious crimes

Arrests of Colorado youths are naturally frightening experiences -- often for the children and their parents. They may be unsure about the procedures that will follow, and the consequences of convictions. Although Colorado criminal law focuses more on rehabilitation than punishment when it comes to children, serious crimes can cause long-term consequences to the futures of convicted juveniles.

Authorities in El Paso County recently reported the arrests of four teenagers -- two boys and two girls -- after allegedly engaging in a crime spree that involved burglaries, car thefts, kidnapping and even attempted murder. Criminal law does not allow the disclosure of the names of the juveniles, and in this case, authorities also withheld the details of the alleged crimes that led to the arrests. However, they did mention that another youth is being sought, warning the public that he was armed and dangerous.

The cost of speeding in terms of human lives

Speeding. We all do it (some more than others). The World Health Organization estimates that 40 to 50 percent of vehicles on the road are speeding at any given time. In fact, the issue is so widespread that in some areas, sticking to the speed limit can make you a target of road rage.

Whether speeding is a habit or an occasional exigency, we all have ways of justifying it. The biggest motivator? Time.

Auto-pedestrian accidents: Fatal crash kills pedestrian

Colorado Springs law enforcement says an investigation is underway after the death of a pedestrian. This is reported to be the second traffic-related fatality in 2018 -- it is not clear whether both incidents were auto\-pedestrian accidents. Authorities say emergency workers responded to the reported scene at approximately 4 p.m. on a recent Thursday.

A preliminary report by investigators indicates that the pedestrian was trying to cross a local street when he or she was struck by a car. Reportedly, the pedestrian headed east, and the driver of the vehicle was westbound. However, the car then turned south and failed to yield to the pedestrian who was crossing the street.

Violent crimes: Alleged bank robber with sword threatens teller

For a person to be convicted of a criminal charge in Colorado, the prosecution must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The defendant has the right to present a defense during the trial to raise a reasonable doubt. This will be a challenging process, particularly in cases involving violent crimes.

A 39-year-old man was booked into a criminal justice center on charges of aggravated robbery after a recent incident at a bank in Colorado City. Reportedly, the man entered a branch of TCF Bank at approximately 11:30 a.m. on a Tuesday morning, carrying a sword and a canvas bag. A teller says the man ordered her to put $20,000 in the bag or risk having her hands cut off.

Motorcycle accidents: What makes up pain and suffering damages?

Any person in Colorado who suffers injuries due to the negligence of another party may pursue recovery of damages. Such recovery is obtained by filing a personal injury lawsuit in a civil court. Claimable damages could include much more than medical expenses and lost income, as incidents such as motorcycle accidents and auto crashes can also cause significant emotional damage.

Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, with pain being the physiological injuries and suffering the psychological injuries. Also under this category of claimable damages are disfigurement, physical impairment, mental anguish, possible shortened lifespan, loss of life enjoyment and companionship, along with emotional distress. Determining which of these apply when a person pursues damage recovery is a complicated process.

Drug charges follow license suspensions of marijuana facilities

Although recreational and medical marijuana use in Colorado has been legalized for several years, there are rules and regulations with which users and dealers must comply -- even if they are licensed. Authorities and law enforcement keep a close watch on retailers and cultivators. Any indications of irregularities may lead to drug charges and license suspensions.

A spokesperson for the Denver Police Department revealed that the excise and license department of the city recently suspended 26 licenses of marijuana-related businesses. The reasons for these suspensions were not published except for the mention of alleged Colorado law violations. Reportedly, law enforcement executed search warrants before making the arrests. Employees reported that they were photographed and interviewed by police before notices were posted on the doors of the companies to inform customers of the closure due to license suspension.

3 tips for safe holiday driving

Hitting the road this holiday season? Whether you're embarking on a cross-country road trip or simply driving across town, it's important to stay safe. Winter driving can be dangerous enough already. The hustle and bustle of the holidays - with people racing to their destinations, excited kids in the backseat and heavy loads in tow - makes for even more tumultuous conditions.

Make this holiday season a safe one by following these three tips.

Audiobooks on the road: Harmless hobby or dangerous distraction?

Nobody would argue that becoming well-read isn't a laudable goal. With most of us stretched for time, audiobooks are a convenient way to tackle your reading list. Popular services like Audible make it possible to listen to your books anywhere - including in the car.

Yet just how safe is the habit of listening to audiobooks behind the wheel? Is it just another form of potentially deadly distraction? In our multitasking modern times, it's important to examine whether this technology should be on the road with drivers.

Hands-free isn't distraction-free

Cellphones are major contributors when it comes to deadly traffic accidents. According to the National Safety Council, nearly one-quarter of all crashes involve cellphone use. We addressed this alarming phenomenon in a recent blog post.

Despite the indisputable dangers of using a cellphone while driving, people still do it. And many try to reduce the risk by going hands-free. Bluetooth-enabled vehicles make it easy to dial up a friend or family member without even touching your phone. However, if you think hands-free devices are safer, you're mistaken.

Motorcycle accidents often claim lives of riders and passengers

Passengers on motorcycles are more vulnerable than passengers in cars. Motorcycle accidents differ distinctly from other Colorado crashes because riders and their passengers do not have enclosed vehicles to protect them, nor do they have seat belts, airbags and other safety features. For this reason, bikers typically suffer more severe injuries than occupants of passenger vehicles -- and many of them do not survive.

One such a tragedy occurred on a recent Wednesday afternoon at an intersection in Thornton. According to a police report, it was about noon when a motorcyclist who failed to stop at a red light smashed into an SUV that was crossing the intersection on a green light. The motorcycle was occupied by a rider and his male passenger.

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