There’s new evidence that drivers with allergies can actually be impaired.
A new study from the Netherlands shows that drivers with allergy symptoms are comparable to drivers with a .03 percent blood-alcohol level.
The study focused on people with tree and grass pollen allergies. Participants drove 60 minutes with a camera recording them to see how often they veered to the center lane.
This technique, called standard deviation of lateral position, is used to assess drunken driving.
“It’s very disturbing because what it basically shows is that patients who have symptoms of allergic rhintis are impaired,” Dr. Stanley Fineman said.
Fineman, who works with the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic, said the impairment makes sense because patients complain of feeling tired and not feeling right.
The body releases histamine and other chemical mediators can make you feel run down.
Fineman advises people to find out what they are allergic to and get a treatment plan.
Twice a week, Deb Ford gets allergy shots. She said she is not surprised by the results.
“You just don't feel good. Your eyes are watering, your nose is running. A lot of times you get really sick with it, so I can understand that,” Ford said.
A car chase led to a tense hours-long standoff between Texas authorities and a man who is suspected of shooting seven people and killing six of those people in a domestic dispute.
According to KRIV, the shooting happened Wednesday afternoon in a Harris County Subdivision. Local authorities say the suspect is in his 40s and is a relative of the victims — four children and two adults.
KTRK reports the lone survivor of the shooting, a mother of one of the children, was shot in the head but was able to call 911 and tell authorities the suspect was a family member. In an attempt to get away, the suspect led authorities on a car chase.
Several Houston outlets say the woman told emergency responders the suspect was on his way to shoot and possibly kill more relatives before being intercepted by law enforcement. (Via KPRC)
The nearly 30-minute chase ended in a neighborhood cul-de-sac with authorities lining the entire street. This image from KHOU's managing editor shows SWAT teams ramming the man's car, trapping him inside. (Via Twitter / @BillBishopKHOU)
The man finally surrendered and was taken into custody by authorities around 10 p.m. local time. There's no word on what charges the suspect will face.
The battle over Chevron's plans for a $1 billion expansion of its Richmond refinery came to a head Wednesday night as dozens of locals weighed in during a public forum.
The city Planning Commission met at Kennedy High School where commissioners heard hours of public input on the environmental impact report for the Chevron project.
They're deciding whether to certify the report and grant a conditional use permit allowing Chevron to start work.
The project has divided the city, with some torn between the hundreds of jobs it will create and the expected increases in air pollutants it will generate.
"It's all about getting good jobs and they're good paying jobs. They're union jobs," said Troy Tagliaboschi of Richmond company Overaa construction.
He said the project would allow him to hire 50 to 100 employees.
"I just ran into a guy that is not working, that's been off for 11 months and he's waiting for this project to start," Tagliaboschi said.
But environmentalists are skeptical of the project.
"I think this modernization project will actually increase pollution that will greatly affect me, my neighbors, said Andrea Weber of El Sobrante and member of the Center for Biological Diversity.
She's critical of Chevron's proposal to expand the refinery's ability to process crude oil and oil with higher levels of sulfur.
Others said they share that concern especially after the 2012 fire and explosion at the refinery which was caused by a leak in a pipe that had been corroded by sulfur.
"Our job is to move it forward with some recommendations for a safe plant. We're going to put forth some conditions that will ensure the safety of the residents and workers," said Richmond Planning Commissioner Roberto Reyes.
He told KTVU he's happy with most of the changes in the new environmental impact report that will require Chevron to take steps to protect the community's health and safety.
"It's all coming together. It really is," Reyes said.
Chevron officials insist the new project will lead to a safer, cleaner refinery.
"We made the commitment of no net increase in criteria air pollutant greenhouse gas and health risk from toxic air contaminant emissions, so as a result of our project, our emissions won't go up, " said Chevron spokesperson Nicole Barber.
Because of the large turnout, the planning commission scheduled another special meeting for Thursday evening, when it's expected to vote.
Levi's Stadium opened its kitchen doors to the media for the first time Wednesday, July 9th to show what 49er fans will get to choose from when it comes to food.
CenterPlate, the company who is heading up the culinary operations at the stadium, is putting out a unique menu when compared to other venues around the country.
There still will be the standard burgers and hot dogs, but they'll also have higher end cuisine like arugula salads and lamb curry dishes.
See the video and slideshow for more information.
A metro Atlanta man is in jail after neighbors said he beat a 4-year-old because the boy didn't spell his name correctly.
Anthony Burgess, who made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon, asked for a court-appointed lawyer and remains in jail.
Police said he beat his girlfriend's son with a belt so hard that the child's skin split open.
One neighbor was surprised at the allegations.
“Ever hear of anything? No, they were pretty quiet. They usually stay inside,” Lenny Barbaro said.
Another neighbor, who declined to be identified, said she heard it all.
"I heard a man's voice cursing and telling the kid to shut up over and over and over," she said.
She said the beating continued for 15 to 20 minutes – so loud she could hear it from across the street. In a police report, the boy’s mother told him that "her son could not write his name down properly and gave her an attitude,” so that's why Burgess began striking him.
“That’s what the man kept yelling. He kept saying ‘You’re going to write this. You’re going to write this. You’re going to sit here and write this, and you’re not that hurt.’ Those were his exact words,” the neighbor said.
Police said they also noticed signs of previous beatings.