Wednesday, November 23, 2011

With Holiday Celebrations Upon Us - MMC Checks in with MADD Statistics

With the holiday season upon us, Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) would like to remind everyone of the elevated risks of drunk driving and alcohol related incidents on our nations roads and highways. In an effort to provide awareness, MMC would like to share the following report titled Rating the State's Drunk Driving Efforts compiled by Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). MADD continues to call on the nation to rededicate itself to saving lives, preventing injuries and eliminating drunk driving on our nation’s roadways.  MADD statistics report that drunk driving costs the United States more than $132 billion annually.

Please click the map below to access MADD's map detailing the 50 states and their efforts to curb drunk driving.

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Association of Surfing Professionals to Begin Drug Testing Wave Riders in 2012

Since the 1960's the sport of surfing has always been surrounded by the negative bad boy image of partying, drugs and alcohol. The partying atmosphere has taken its toll on surfers throughout the generations leading to last years overdose death of surfing great Andy Irons.  The Association of Surfing Professionals  (ASP) will begin substance abuse testing next year in hopes of protecting their members and overall image.  What type of drugs will be tested and what methods have yet to be determined.  “It’s been a long time coming,” said Hawaiian event representative Randy Rarick. Details are vague, but the testing is expected to be in place for the Quiksilver Pro on the Gold Coast, the first event for 2012.

Drugs and Surfing
Jeff Hakman Born in 1948 in California. At only 17 years old, he beat some of the world's best surfers and found International fame, and in 1966 he was proclaimed the world's top big-wave rider. In the late 60s to early 70s he launched the Quicksilver brand in the US. The companies success in the States was rapid and huge. Unfortunately Jeff developed a drug problem, which got the better of him. He sold his interest in Quiksilver to pursue drugs and was eventually kicked out all together. Jeff's heroin addiction was so bad by this time that he ended up in rehab in the late 80s.

Surfer Chris Cahill, a member of the legendary 1970s Zephyr skateboarding team formed in the section of Venice Beach, Calif. known as Dogtown died of acute cocaine-morphine (heroin) toxicity in 2010.

Surfer Josh Persoff, a recovering addict created the Surfer's Code for Recovery. Persoff explained in a 2011 interview with ESPN that the Surfer's Code for Recovery is in addition to -- not a replacement for -- traditional recovery programs. "This is a way to translate traditional recovery programs into the surfer language," said Persoff. "I will watch out for other surfers. Surfers are a unique population, a tribe. Most of the education needs to come from within the tribe, like any cultural group," said Persoff. He takes surfers in recovery back out on the waves, and provides surfboards and gear, like Persoff's sponsor provided for him.

Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC)
National Provider of Substance Abuse Testing Services

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Mobile Medical Corporation Bringing Holiday Cheer to MBA Toys For Tots!

Mobile Medical Corporation is proud to be participating in the MBA Young Constructors Annual Holiday Toy Drive that benefits Toys for Tots and The Mario Lemieux Foundation.  MMC will be accepting new unwrapped toys for the MBA Young Constructors Holiday event on December 1st in Pittsburgh, PA.  MMC will continue to collect toys until December 19th for another donation to Toys for Tots.

MMC is also helping to keep someone warm this year through it's Annual Winter Coat Collection.  MMC is accepting new and gently used winter coats and jackets.

Stop in and donate today to help MMC spread some holiday cheer!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Drunk New Jersey School Bus Driver Turned In By Texting Students

"Mommy I think our bus driver is drunk- she's not driving right."

New Jersey - Westampton Middle School students alerted parents that their bus driver  seemed to be under the influence as erratic driving cause students to cry out "I don't want to die today!"  The driver, Carole Crockett had a blood-alcohol level of 0.25 percent, five times the legal limit for operating a commercial vehicle.  Crockett was released on $85,000 bail.

Blood Alcohol Concentration Levels & The Implied Consent Law"Per Se" Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Level - Most states have DUI laws that deem "per se intoxicated" any driver with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above .08 percent. This means that drivers with a BAC at or above .08 are intoxicated in the eyes of the law, and no additional proof of driving impairment is necessary.

"Zero Tolerance" Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Level - All states carry "zero tolerance" laws that target drivers under the legal drinking age. These laws penalize persons under 21 for operating a vehicle with any trace of alcohol in their systems (a BAC above 0.0), or with negligible BAC levels such as .01 or .02 percent.

"Enhanced Penalty" Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Level - Many states impose harsher penalties on DUI offenders with a particularly high BAC at the time of the offense, typically .15 to .20 percent. DUI offenders with a BAC at or above their state's enhanced penalty standards will likely face additional jail time, harsher fines, and more severe driver's license sanctions.

"Implied Consent" Laws - "Implied consent" laws require vehicle drivers to submit to some form of chemical test, such as breath, blood, or urine testing, if suspected of DUI. If a driver refuses to submit to such testing, implied consent laws carry penalties such as mandatory suspension of a driver's license, usually for six months to a year.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy claims that drugs and alcohol cost taxpayers more than $300 billion annually in preventable health care costs, extra law enforcement, auto crashes, crime and lost job productivity.

Mobile Medical Corporation's Random Drug Testing with Saliva Alcohol Testing can help to stem the costs of "working" under the influence. Pittsburgh, PA based Mobile Medical Corporation (MMC) is an industry leader in providing customized workplace drug and alcohol testing, on-site medical serivces and credential tracking solutions. Contact us today and ask about our Instant Saliva Alcohol Testing!

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