FLATTMANN FILES “Quality Is No Accident”
FROM THE DESK OF Grady Flattmann
GEAR UP TO COMBAT DISTRACTED DRIVING
The other day I noticed the car in front of me drifting back and forth in its lane. As I passed, I saw the driver holding her phone in one hand and reaching with the other hand toward kids in the back seat. Distracted driving accounts for approximately 25 percent of all motor vehicle crash fatalities. Nine people are killed in the U.S. every day as a result of distracted driving. In my own practice, I estimate that 40 percent of my auto accident cases were caused by drivers who were either on their phone or not paying attention. With school back in full swing, the roads are full of drivers trying to multi-task. Here are some practical tips to combat distracted driving: Get it done before you get in the car. Even if that means getting up a fewminutes earlier, take the time at home to eat, dress, and organize your day. Get the kids involved and set a good example. Explain why being distracted is dangerous and ask for their help in keeping distractions to a minimum. You will be amazed how they keep you in check. • •
On Sept.11, 2001, at 8:46 a.m., American Airlines Flight 11 struck the north tower of theWorld Trade Center traveling at 470 mph, ripping a hole in the building from floors 93 to 99. At 9:03 a.m., a second plane smashed into the south tower traveling at 590 mph, cutting a gaping hole from floors 75 to 85. Within an hour, the south tower collapsed due to the sheer weight of the building combined with the damage dealt by the impact and the burning jet fuel. At 10:28 a.m., the north tower followed. The rubble and debris from the collapsed towers caused fires and further damage to the surrounding buildings and areas. Within hours, nearly 3,000 people had lost their lives. The attack left the world in a state of terror and grief, and the United States was changed forever. Today, the twin towers’ last day is remembered as the worst terrorist attack in history, but few people know how the buildings became part of New York City’s skyline in the first place. A world trade center pavilion was first hosted during the NewYorkWorld’s Fair in 1939 — the exhibit was dedicated to the slogan“world peace through trade.”The idea for theWorld Trade Center was then abandoned after seven years, until David Rockefeller revived the concept to reinvigorate lower Manhattan. Rockefeller took the reins and continued the project, finding premises near the Fulton Fish Market on the East River, and construction on the $250 million complex began. He also turned to the Port of NewYork Authority for financial support to ensure theWorld Trade Center’s completion, and the first real plans for theWorld Trade Center were put into action. It was then that the Port Authority decided the towers should break the record for the tallest building in the world, beating the 1,250-foot Empire State building. To do this, architect Minoru Yamasaki designed the towers to hold 110 stories each, but they would not have the traditional THE WORLD TRADE CENTER H ow the T owers C ame to B e
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