Sacco- sponsored ‘Angelie’s Law’ signed by governor
In response to a tragic crash that resulted in the death of an 8-month-old infant from North Bergen, Senator Nicholas Sacco sponsored legislation establishing strict guidelines for autobuses aimed at improving safety for pedestrians, commuters and all residents of areas where the vehicles operate. The bill was signed into law last week by the governor.
Angelie Jiang Paredes was tragically killed when an unlawfully operated autobus jumped the curb along Boulevard East in West New York, knocking down a light pole which fell and crushed the 8-month old in her stroller. It is alleged that the driver of the vehicle was using his cell phone at the time of the accident and he is facing up to ten years in prison on various charges.
The law, S-3082, establishes a bill of rights–called the Bill of Rights for Customers of Certain Autobuses–providing customer protections, obligations of the owners and operators of certain autobuses and basic level of expectations and guarantees of health, safety and welfare of autobus operators. Second, it imposes fines of up to $5,000 on the owner of an autobus company for allowing drivers without a valid commercial license. Prior to this measure, New Jersey law imposed fines on the vehicle operator, not the company. It further requires owners to post telephone numbers on the inside and outside for passengers and pedestrians to report unsafe driving. Lastly, the law allows police officers to obtain a blood sample from an autobus operator, if the vehicle was involved in an accident resulting in the death or serious bodily injury of any person.
Free Vein Screening at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
The Center for Vein Disease at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (EHMC) will offer free vein screenings on March 22, 24 and April 3 to men and women with visible, abnormal leg veins such as bulging varicose veins or spider veins. Those who experience leg pain or have a history of blood clots are encouraged to attend. Most vein problems can be managed on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia.
Patients with varicose veins should know the early warning signs of vein disease to help prevent potential complications. Symptoms include aching, throbbing or swelling in the legs, ankles or feet. Patients with previous blood clots should also be screened.
The screening includes a physical examination and a thorough review of medical history and treatment options. If further evaluation is needed, a follow-up appointment for non-invasive testing can be scheduled.
Screenings will take place on Saturday, March 22 and Monday, March 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and on Thursday, April 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. Pre-registration is required. Call (866)-980-3462 or visit www.englewoodhospital.com and click the “Classes and Support Groups” tab.
The Center for Vein Disease is on the third floor of Englewood Hospital and Medical Center at 350 Engle Street, Englewood.