Safety

Volkswagen recalls over 600,000 vehicles for safety concerns

Volkswagen is recalling 679,000 vehicles that are at risk to “roll away”. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ( NHTSA),  the key can be removed without the car being in park. Vehicles include select models of  Golf  from years 2015 and up , Beetle models 2015 and Jetta models from 2011 to 2018. To see if your vehicle…

Uber, USC team up on nationwide campus safety initiative

The "Check Your Ride" feature on Uber began to be active in Columbia Thursday

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — Uber is putting the University of South Carolina at the forefront of its new campus safety initiative. After President Harris Pastides’s “What’s My Name?” movement picked up steam nationwide, Uber rolled out some changes through a partnership with colleges across the country to remind students of essential safety tips. “We also added a new ‘Check Your Ride’…

Upstate man creates app that adds extra layer of security when traveling alone

COLUMBIA S.C. (WOLO)- A Sheldon Early of Greenville, has developed a phone application that shares your location with trusted friends in case of emergencies. The app creates a “check in” with your friends for when you’re out and about. Location Lockbox will send an alert when a person has made it safely to their destination and an alert when a…

Tornado Safety Tips

COLUMBIA S.C (WOLO)- The Midlands were struck with a surprise Sunday evening when sighting of tornado’s and heavy storms hit the area. Would you know what to do if a tornado crossed your path? If not, here are a few safety tips to help you to be better prepared in the event you are encountered by a twister. First you…

Watch: How to Keep Pets Safe in the Heat

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– With the triple digit heat it’s important to keep in mind your furry friends. First, check the pavement, hot pavement could burn dog paws. And yes, there is sunscreen, or at lease sun protection for your four legged friends. Grace Joyal has the tips. Categories: Local News, News Tags: Heat, pets, Safety

Viral Post Teaches Kids Proper Use of 9-1-1

Town of Lexington/Facebook COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – Through the engaging Red E. Fox character and a catchy jingle, several local agencies are helping young children know when and how to dial 9-1-1. The two and a half minute video “911 Is What You Must Call,” features Red E. Fox and his friends from Lexington County EMS, Fire Service, 911, the…

Haley Vetoes Moped Safety Bill Over Helmets, Vests

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Gov. Nikki Haley has vetoed a moped safety bill because it requires reflective vests for nighttime driving and helmets for drivers under 21. Haley says the mandates on adults represent government overreach. Sen. Greg Hembree of North Myrtle Beach says mopeds are the most dangerous vehicles on the highway. The former prosecutor has been pushing for…