Osceola County deputies arrested three Kissimmee men for street racing early one recent Sunday morning and booked them into the Osceola County jail. According to arrest reports, the three men, ages 19, 20 and 35, were each driving their own cars on Orange Blossom Trail at speeds over 111 mph in a 50 mph zone. Deputies report that they impounded a black BMW sedan, a blue Ford Mustang and a blue Mitsubishi Lancer after arresting the drivers. They say that the men were uncooperative during their arrests and have been charged with racing on a highway and reckless driving.
Elissa Schee is motivated to convince Florida legislators to finally pass a ban on cell phone use while driving. Her daughter Margay was killed four years ago when a tractor-trailer collided with the rear of a school bus, killing her and injuring 15 other students. According the Florida Highway Patrol accident investigation, the bus had stopped on U.S. 301 near Citra on Sept. 23, 2008, to drop off students when the truck plowed into the rear. Troopers say the truck did not brake before the collision, and their investigation confirmed that the truck driver had been using his cell phone immediately before the accident.
Orlando personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham recently came across a study published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration illustrating how seat belts save lives in auto accidents. According to the study, in more than 50 percent of the fatal auto accidents in this country each year, the victims are not wearing safety belts. The study shows that a properly worn seat belt reduces a front passenger’s risk of being fatally injured by 45 percent and their risk of sustaining a serious injury by 50 percent. People who buckle up in the rear seats of SUVs fare even better in accidents – 73 percent of them reduce their risk of serious injury simply by buckling up.
A recent study conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that despite tougher criminal penalties and increased awareness through publicity campaigns, impaired driving remains a serious threat to safety on our country’s roadways.
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As American communities start to see the first signs of spring, Toyota is seeing its own “green shoots” as it starts to recover from what may end up being the biggest recall of its kind in modern history. Read the rest »
If you’re one of the few people who still don’t buckle a seat belt when driving or riding in a car, truck or SUV, it’s going to cost you. Florida law enforcement officials at the state, county and locals levels are cracking down on drivers disobeying seat belt laws. The Click It or Ticket campaign, which officially ran from March 1 to 15, but is still vigorously enforced, has resulted in 37,000 traffic tickets written, 6,500 of them for failing to buckle up.
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As Toyota struggles with massive recalls of over six million vehicles for “sudden or unintended acceleration,” some media reports are showing that the company might have to add yet another recall for a problem that is, in some ways, the opposite. Read the rest »
In addition to the enormous Toyota “floor mat” and “gas pedal” recalls that involve over six million vehicles, another major recall is a double whammy for Toyota’s Tundra truck model. Toyota recently announced it will be recalling all of the Tundra trucks in model years 2000-2003 for issues with possible rusting damage that could cause safety concerns.
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