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Avoiding common distractions when driving: It’s possible

As a driver, you understand the importance of keeping your focus at all times. You need to know what's going on around you, to ensure that you make safe decisions at every turn of the road.

Unfortunately, it's possible that you could lose track of what you are doing, thus resulting in some form of distraction.

Louisiana's governor asks Trump not to prosecute pot growers

The governor of Louisiana sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Tuesday, Jan. 9 asking him to reconsider his plans to ask federal agents to step up their efforts in prosecuting sellers and users of medical marijuana. His plea came less than a week after Jeff Sessions, the current U.S. Attorney General, had announced that he'd decided to overturn President Obama's more liberal drug enforcement policies put in place years ago.

Attorney General Sessions' plans to implement more aggressive drug enforcement programs couldn't come at a worse time according to proponents of Louisiana's medical marijuana movement.

Louisiana juvenile criminal records don't just disappear

Many parents don't get overly concerned if their child ends up in juvenile court for an offense. They may have heard that juvenile records are sealed, expunged or even destroyed once the child turns 18. Some people in law enforcement and the justice system even hold this outdated belief and pass it along to parents and children.

The juvenile justice system has changed considerably over the years, however. As one attorney notes, juvenile courts are no longer as focused on protecting kids as they once were. These courts have become increasingly similar to adult courts.

Teen distracted driving often doesn't involve electronics

As a responsible parent with a teen driver, you probably already know the unsettling fact that U.S. teens have more vehicle crashes than any other age group. You may also know the grim statistics that most crashes involving teens (60 percent) are caused by distracted drivers, and 10 percent of teen drivers who are killed on the road were driving distracted.

It's important to understand that distracted driving doesn't just involve electronic devices. Yes, texting, talking on the phone, commenting on Facebook, surfing the internet, watching videos and taking selfies to post on Instagram are popular distractions for teen drivers. However, in many distracted driving crashes, the driver wasn't using any electronics.

4 reasons to relocate with a child after divorce

Relocating after divorce, if you're hoping to take your child with you, is not always easy. If you are going to move 10 hours away, that could seriously inhibit the rights of the child's other parent, who doesn't want to move and also wants to see the child.

You often have to get the move cleared by the court. One thing they will look for is a good faith reason for the move. Basically, they want to see valid reasons why moving is beneficial to you and the child so that you're not just moving on a whim or in a deliberate attempt to cut out the other parent.

Some tips for approaching the 'prenup' conversation

Too many people don't get a prenuptial agreement because they're afraid to even broach the subject with their partner. Perhaps they tried and got a swift angry, hurt response, so they never mentioned it again.

Both people need to be on board with a prenup and should have their own attorney involved, even if it's simply to look it over before it's signed. If one person feels coerced or tricked into signing one, that prenup likely won't hold up in court if it ever has to be used.

Safety tips for your teenage driver

Sooner than you would prefer, you will watch as your teenage son pulls out of the driveway and drives off without you. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to actually stop this day from coming, no matter how much you might want to. However, there are some things you can do to ensure that your son has the skills he needs to get behind the wheel.

While a driver's education course is the most common way people in Chalmette learn how to drive, it certainly does not hurt for you to reemphasize particular safety tips. Here are some driving tips you can share with your teenager.

Louisiana isn't exempt from crashes caused by winter weather

Even though Louisiana doesn't get the kind of heavy snowfalls and blizzards that our friends in the northern states deal with this time of year, we're not strangers to wintry conditions. Many Louisianans have already been dealing with icy, snowy roads this season.

Wintry weather conditions across the country killed about 4,000 people in car crashes between 2011 and 2015, according to the Auto Insurance Center (AIC) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The states with the highest death rates, not surprisingly, are those around the Great Lakes and in the Upper Midwest. There, snow squalls can cause whiteouts that make it impossible for drivers to see in front of them.

The most common causes of vehicle crashes

Even with all of the new safety technology being built into vehicles, including back-up cameras, sensors that know if we're getting too close to another car and multiple types of warnings that can jolt a daydreaming or distracted driver to attention, the number of fatal crashes on our roads is rising. While the number of these crashes had been in decline for half a century, it's risen over the past two years.

Part of the reason could be that we spend a lot of time in our cars. Many drivers are burning the candle at both ends -- working at more than one job or trying to work and go to school. They're driving before dawn, after dark and rushing to get to their destination.

How virtual visitation can help parents and kids stay connected

These days, parents who don't have primary custody of their children after divorce and even those who live hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away, are able to stay in touch with their kids through "virtual visitation."

This includes texting, emailing and video communication via Skype and other forums as well as phone conversations. Of course, there are multiple venues available online for parents and children to share photos as well.

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