“OMG” Campaign Aims To Reduce Distracted Driving Among Teens

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently launched a new campaign aiming to remind teams to keep their yes and attention on the road.  A component of the recently re-launched Distraction.gov initiative, the “OMG” video public service announcements are designed to appeal to younger drivers. One version of the PSA will run exclusively at Regal Cinemas, while another is slated for pump-top video screens at fast stations.  Here’s a sample:

Burke Man Faces Reckless Driving Charges After I-95 Accident Involving Two Police Cruisers

“A 70-year-old Burke man faces reckless driving charges after smashing his car into two Virginia State Police cruisers Saturday afternoon along Interstate 95 near Dale City.”

State Trooper, B.J. Norris had stopped along Interstate 95 near Dale City, Virginia in Prince William County to assist a family that had been in an accident, when he became an accident victim himself.

As Norris was stepping out of his vehicle, a 2004 Lexus driven by Robert Korinchak of Virginia collided with Norris’s police cruiser after sideswiping a second patrol car at the scene.

The impact propelled Norris’s police cruiser twenty feet, into the Hyundai being driven by the family Trooper Norris had been attempting to assist. Two children were present in the family’s car at the time.

Neither they children nor Trooper Norris were seriously injured in the collision, although Norris’s leg was caught in the police cruiser’s door by the force of the impact. The driver of the Lexus, Mr. Korinchak was likewise uninjured.

Mr. Korinchack was charged with reckless driving for his role in the accident. What caused Korinchack’s vehicle to veer out of control remains under investigation.

If you need advice concerning a DUI, reckless driving or criminal charge and you would like a free consultation, call The Gordon Law Firm at 703.218.8416.

via InsideNova.com

Supercar Pile-up – Multi-Million Dollar Freeway Crash in Japan Takes Out Eight Ferraris in Seconds

Via the New York Daily News:

“An outing of luxury sportscar enthusiasts in Japan ended in an expensive freeway pileup — smashing a stunning eight Ferraris, a Lamborghini and two Mercedes likely worth more than $1 million together.”

The accident was reportedly kicked off when the driver of a Ferrari attempted to change lanes and hit the median barrier, which caused him to spin out of control.  The other vehicles were damaged attempting to avoid the first, colliding like shiny red and black dominoes:

The Daily Yomiuri reports that, beyond pride, no one was seriously hurt in the accident. The  Chugoku Expressway was shut down for several hours as worker cleared away the supercar carnage. Speed and weather have been discussed as contributing to the severity of the crash.

Although the mangling makes it difficult to discern, auto enthusiast blog, Jalopnik suggests that the Ferrarri models involved in the crash were, “F355s, F430s (including a Scuderia), an F360, and some form of F512” along with a Mercedes and a Lamborghini Diablo. Other non-headline-making vehicles involved in the crash included a Toyota Prius and Nissan Skyline.

Jalopnik’s review of the accident details suggests the cars may have been driving in pairs, side by side as the passed through a particularly narrow section of the expressway where the accident took place, worsening the severity of damage.

This crash follows a similar incident from the summer that took place in Monaco.  In that accident, which occurred in front of Monaco’s Place du Casino, a Bentley, Mercedes Benz, Ferrari, Aston Martin and a Porsche found themselves similarly entangled.

If you need advice concerning a DUI or Reckless Driving charge and you would like a free consultation, call The Gordon Law Firm at 703.218.8416.

Fairfax Robbery, Carjacking Suspect Stephanie Schwab Has Ties to MS-13 Murder Trial

Stephanie Schwab, Arrest - PWC Police Photo

26-year-old Stephanie Schwab led area authorities on a high speed chase yesterday, prior to her arrest. The arrest ended a two-week crime spree that police have attributed to Schwab.

Fleeing from police after an alleged bank robbery attempt in McLean, Virginia, Schwab was pursued by police on the DC beltway before crashing into another car on Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, Maryland. Schwab was already a suspect in a series of recent carjackings and robberies in the DC area.

According to WJLA, based on  a variety of evidence including video, Schwab had been sought by authorities on charges of first-degree assault, attempted kidnapping and second-degree assault at the time of the McLean incident. The Washington Times indicated that Schwab had pending warrants in Fairfax and Prince William counties.

FoxDC has reported that Schwab possesses a previous record of motor vehicle offenses and significant connections with the MS-13 street gang. In 2005 at the age of 19, Schwab testified in the murder trial of pregnant teenager Brenda Paz, providing detailed descriptions of MS-13 organization and activities in the DC area.

Of the four charged in the Brenda Paz murder, two were convicted and two acquitted. Paz, herself heavily involved with MS-13, was killed in July of 2003, allegedly for cooperating with Federal authorities. Paz was preparing to testify in cases against MS-13 gang members in Virginia and Texas at the time of her death.

If you need advice concerning a criminal charge and you would like a free consultation, call The Gordon Law Firm at 703.218.8416.

How to avoid Credit Card theft during the holidays

As a Fairfax Criminal Defense lawyer for many years, I have had the opportunity to help many people who have been accused of credit card theft and fraud.  Hearing the stories of the accused throughout the years has led me to the conclusion that most credit card theft and fraud activity are crimes of opportunity.  Someone left their purse unattended.  The credit cards were sitting open on someone’s desk at work.  The account and password for a consumer website was left open on a public computer.  Far and away it is these type of cases that come through the door of my law practice.  If you take simple measures, you may avoid being a victim of credit card theft during the holidays.  Here is a list another website suggested:

1. Keep your credit cards safe.

Keep your credit cards in a purse or wallet close to your body where it can’t easily be snatched away. Ladies, make sure your purse is zipped. If you’re shopping in a high traffic area, carry a smaller purse. For both men and women, carry only the one or two credit and debit cards you’ll be using that day. Leave all your other credit cards at home.  Thieves can take pictures of your credit card with a camera or cell phone, so don’t leave your credit card exposed any longer than necessary.After you make a purchase put your credit card away immediately. Confirm you have your credit card back in your possession before you leave the store or restaurant.

2. Shred anything with your credit card number on it.

Rather than toss your credit card billing statements directly into the trash, shred them to keep dumpster divers from getting their hands on your credit card number. The same thing applies to old credit cards that have expired or been cancelled. You might even put the shredded pieces in different trash bags to thwart clever thieves who can put shredded pages back together.

3. Don’t sign blank credit card receipts.

To avoid credit card fraud, always verify the amount on your credit card receipt before signing it. If you get a credit card receipt that has blank spaces in it, write $0 in those spaces or draw through them before putting your signature on the card. Otherwise, the cashier could write in an amount and send the purchase to your credit card issuer.

4. Avoid giving out your credit card information.

Only give out your credit card number or other sensitive information on calls you initiate to customer service using the number on the back of your credit card. Don’t return calls to a phone number left on your answering machine and don’t give your credit card number to anyone who calls you requesting the number. Credit card thieves have been known to pose as credit card issuers and other businesses to trick you into giving out your credit card number.

5. Be safe with your credit card online.

Don’t click on email links from anyone pretending to be your bank, credit card company, or other business who uses your personal information, even if the email looks legitimate. These links are often phishing scams and want to trick you into entering your login information on their fake website.

Only enter your credit card number on secure websites that you can be 100% sure are legitimate. To be sure a website is secure, look for a lock in the lower right corner of your internet browser.

6. Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.

The sooner you report a missing credit card the less likely it is that you’ll have to pay for any fraudulent charges made on your credit card. Write down your credit card companies’ customer service number now so you’ll have it if your credit card is ever missing.

7. Review your billing statements each month.

Unauthorized charges on your credit card are the first indicator of credit card fraud. If you notice a charge you didn’t make, no matter how small, report the charge to your credit card issuer immediately. Your credit card issuer will tell you whether you should close your account to avoid credit card fraud.

You can also review the advice provided by the Federal Trade Commission concerning credit card theft.

If you have or a loved one has given into temptation and been charged with credit card theft in Virginia, you can contact The Gordon Law Firm for a free consultation at 703.218.8416

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