Monthly Archives: May 2011

Gainesville Florida – Red Light Cameras – Officials Hope Red Light Cameras Will Make Streets and Driving Safer in Gainesville

The Gainesville City Commission unanimously voted in March to set up a system that would snap photos of people who drive through red lights. The system would also simultaneously ticket the owner of the vehicle for $158. City officials hope it will reduce crashes / automobile accidents at intersections. Gainesville’s Police Sergeant Joe Raulerson said the cameras could potentially save officers time that would ordinarily be spent writing accident reports so that they can focus their time on violent crimes. The red light camera system would also be a source of potential revenue. According to the state statute, medical and … Continue reading

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Alabama Teens Riding in Back of Pick Up Truck Die in Fatal Accident in Florida’s Panhandle

Two Alabama teenagers, ages 14 and 15, were killed in a car crash while riding unrestrained in the back of a pickup truck bed. The crash occurred Sunday afternoon in Baker, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. The victims were Evan Carpenter and Michael Levi Neal from Red Level, Alabama. Riding in the back of a pickup truck bed remains a troubling and preventable cause of fatalities and serious injuries. Because there are no seat belts or restraints in the bed of a truck, both children and adults can easily be thrown out from the truck even at low speeds. … Continue reading

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Woman Hit by Semi Truck After She Got Out of Car on I-75 in Ocala, Florida

Sandy M. Weidner, 38, of New Port Richey was listed in critical, but stable condition after being hit by a semi truck on Wednesday morning. The accident occurred roughly one mile south of the Exit 350/State Road 200 ramp, on the northbound side of I-75 in Ocala, Florida. Florida Highway Patrol troopers said that Weidner had pulled her Honda Accord into the emergency lane and then got out of the vehicle. She stepped into the outside lane and was hit by a passing semi truck. The driver of the semi truck, Jimmy Henderson, 64, of Georgia is employed by Yellow … Continue reading

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Rape Reported by UCF Student Who Met Man on Match.Com

In Central Florida (Seminole County) and other parts of Florida and the United States, people are meeting people online through services like Match.Com, Eharmony, and other dating or meeting websites. While most encounters are harmless or lead to some wonderful matches and even marriages, some result in serious personal injuries and even rape. Yes, you can get to know somebody online and form a friendship and relationship of sorts before meeting in person; however, in many instances, there is still a meeting of strangers so to speak with little knowledge of the person’s past or the person’s potentially dangerous propensities. … Continue reading

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Cyclist (Robert Paul King) on Bike Florida Tour Killed by Driver in Alachua County, Florida – (Watch Out for Bicyclists and Pedestrians!)

A motorcyclist from Prescott, Arizona, was tragically killed during the Spring 2011 tour of Bike Florida, the organization’s first fatality it ins 18-year history. 65-year-old Robert Paul King was hit by a 1999 Ford pickup truck on Newberry Road in Newberry, Florida. The driver of the pickup was identified as 23-year-old Brian Patrick Bunting. Bunting was traveling eastbound on Newberry Road when he drifted onto the should and into King’s motorcycle. According to Lt. Patrick Riordan of the Florida Highway Patrol, Blunting told troopers his cellphone had fallen into the floor of the truck and he was reaching down to … Continue reading

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Florida Seat Belt Law – Click It or Get a Ticket – Florida Highway Patrol

Florida law requires all drivers and occupants in the front seat of a vehicle to always wear a safety belt. In addition, occupants under the age of 18, regardless of where they sit, must also wear their safety belt Police officers in Jacksonville and nationwide are cracking down on motorists who are not wearing their seatbelts as part of a two week nationwide enforcement program called “Click It or Ticket.” Police officers around the country are gearing up for a busy week as high school graduation activities and Memorial Day weekend outings will put more people, and subsequently more vehicles, … Continue reading

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Motorcycle Death Statistics and Trends – Dangers to Motorcyclist in Florida

Although the number of motorcycle deaths has dropped two-percent in the first nine months of last year, transportation officials are not necessarily without worry. In fact, some officials feel the number of deaths is starting to rise again. A report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association revealed there were 80 fewer motorcycle deaths from January through September 2010. However, the number of fatalities during the last 3 months of 2010 began to climb. Safety advocates are worried this trend will also occur in 2010. Overall, motorcycle fatalities are more than doubled since the 1990s, peaking at 2008 in 5,312 … Continue reading

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Holly, Hill Florida – Red Light Cameras Now In Place

In Holly Hill (Volusia County), Florida, drivers will now be monitored by red light cameras which are now operational. While running a red light is never a good idea from a safety standpoint for drivers, passengers, and others, now a driver running a red light in certain areas of Holly Hill will receive a citation with or without the presence of law enforcement to witness the traffic violation. Some believe that red light cameras are unfair and unsupported by Florida law. Others welcome the technology if it means keeping the streets safer for motorists, motorcycle riders / bikers, bicyclists, pedestrians, … Continue reading

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Orlando Florida – Arrest Made of Maintenance Man – Rape Allegations in Apartment Complex

In Orlando, Florida and other Florida cities, a home, whether a rental or one that is owned, should be a safe haven for the residents and visitors. Unfortunately and tragically in many cases, residents are attacked, assaulted, and, yes, raped in their own home. These incidents are quite traumatic and cause severe emotional, psychological, and, in some cases, serious physical personal injuries that last a lifetime for the victim. In Orlando, Florida, a woman reported to police that she was raped by a maintenance man. The woman was locked out of her apartment and sought assistance from the maintenance man … Continue reading

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Six People Hospitalized Following Automobile Motorcycle Crash in Orange County Florida

Six people were hospitalized after a motorcycle ran head-on into a sedan in Orange County, Florida. The collision occurred a little before 9 p.m. at the intersection of Apopka Vineland Road and Silver Star Road. Both the driver and passenger on the motorcycle were transported to Orlando Regional Healthcare Center. Two adults and two children in the sedan were sent to other nearby hospitals, according to the accident report. An infant was also a passenger inside the car. Luckily the infant, who was seated in a car sear, escaped without injury. Neither the names of the victims nor the cause … Continue reading

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