California loves to get wasted! San Diego and San Jose are the top two cities that drink stupidly, according to a survey by Insurance.com. They lead the country in alcohol-related driving violations, a dubious distinction to say the least. So, if you step into the crosswalk in these two spots, take an extra second to look both ways.
The reasons for hitting this list vary and include proximity to colleges and nightlife, and the presence of stringent enforcement may play a key role, the survey finds. If you think a lack of enforcement puts a city at the top of the list, remember that slapping the cuffs on a lot of people increases the instances of drunk driving, which actually pushes it up. Insurance.com explains:
San Diego most likely tops the list because its police departments are aggressive in making DUI
arrests, and officers there arrest lots of drunk drivers, says Mark McCullough, a San Diego police department spokesperson specializing in DUI issues.
To pull the list of 20 drunk driving metropolitan areas together, according to Insurance Networking News, Insurance.com analyzed “percentage of its car insurance online quote requests for which users reported alcohol-related driving violations.”
So, who made the top 20? Take a look below:
- San Diego, CA
- San Jose, CA
- Charlotte, NC
- Phoenix, AZ
- Columbus, OH
- Indianapolis, IN
- Los Angeles, CA
- San Francisco, CA
- Austin, TX
- Jacksonville, FL
- San Antonio, TX
- Dallas, TX
- Houston, TX
- Fort Worth, TX
- Memphis, TN
- Philadelphia, PA
- New York, NY
- Baltimore, MD
- Chicago, IL
- Detroit, MI
Boston got lucky on this one. It was excluded because of a lack of data – not because the drivers there are absolutely nuts.
Disclosure: I learned how to drive in Boston.
[Via Insurance Networking News, photo by davidsonscott15 via Flickr]
Auto dealerships, smacked by the recession, have shut down across the country, but many of those buildings are coming back to life. These large, empty buildings have become restaurants, schools, yoga studios and even art galleries. It’s not just empty dealerships – shuttered businesses of all kinds are giving way to new attractions that can add color to any trip. Just down the road from me, an empty commercial spot on Central Park West became home to a 10-artist exhibition for several weeks. These are the surprises that can turn any vacation into something truly memorable.
The opportunities aren’t just in New York; you can find them around the country. Art students from the Columbus College of Art & Design in Ohio have taken advantage of an empty local dealership to bring a new energy to an empty space. The school has invested $8.3 million in the space.
If you find yourself needing a yoga fix in Los Angeles, check out the Golden Bridge Yoga Studio, which occupies an empty dealership. You can dine in one at NEO in St. Louis.
[Photo by David Hilowitz via Flickr]
The bomb squad at the Columbus, Ohio airport simply was not trained for the task. It’s not their fault: after all, few pickled mangoes have actually exploded. Nonetheless, there’s bound to be some sort of inquiry about the produce risk in today’s airports.
When x-ray equipment detected something suspicious, the bomb squad was summoned. The concern arose from the fact that an item was sealed in a canister labeled “baby food.” This, in itself, wouldn’t have been a problem, but the women’s description of the contents didn’t match the label.
The bomb squad actually did detonate the item, which is when they discovered the non-volatile contents.
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