Monthly Archives: July 2011

Bicyclist Suffers Serious Injuries in Accident Crossing Mayport Road in Jacksonville, Florida

A bicyclist suffered serious injuries after being struck by an automobile in Jacksonville, Florida. According to officials, Appalonia Nelson, 20-years-old, was crossing Mayport Road close to Mayport Middle School when she was hit by a car. The police said she sustained life-threatening injuries and was flown to Shands Jacksonville Medical Center for treatment; she was in critical condition but then upgraded to serious condition. The principal at Mayport Middle School, Katrina McCray, said Nelson was once her student and currently works with her at the school. McCray spoke highly of Nelson, and said that she was a quiet, sweet and … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Are the Rules for Driving in the Right Side of Roadway (Right Lane) and Exceptions to the Rules?

Pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.081 – Driving on Right Side of Roadway; Exceptions, all Florida vehicles must be driven on the right half of Florida roadways. The following are exceptions to the rule: A car does not have to be on the right half of the roadway: 1. When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction; 2. When an obstruction exists making it necessary to drive to the left of the center of the highway. Any person doing so shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Duty to Stop When There Is a Crash Involving Death or Personal Injuries?

Pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.027 – Crash Involving Death or Personal Injuries, the driver of any vehicle involved in a crash, whether occurring on public or private property, that results in injury of any person has a duty to stop his or her vehicle immediately at the scene of the crash, or as close thereto as possible. Also, the driver of the vehicle has a duty to remain at the crash site until he or she has fulfilled the requirements set out in section 316.062, Florida Statutes. Any driver … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Legal Duty of a Driver Approaching a Flashing Red Light?

When a flashing red signal is illuminated, Florida drivers have a to stop at a clearly marked stop line. If no stop line exists, drivers must stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection. If there is no crosswalk, then drivers must stop at the point nearest the intersection roadway before entering the intersection. The right to proceed through the intersection is subject to the rules applicable after making a stop at a stop sign. Florida Statute section 316.076 – Flashing Signals. However, this provision of sec. 316.076 does not apply at railroad-highway grade crossings; the … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Legal Duty of a Driver Approaching a Flashing Yellow Light?

When a flashing yellow signal is illuminated, drivers of vehicles may proceed through the intersection or past such signal only with caution. Florida Statute section 316.076 – Flashing Signals. However, this provision of sec. 316.076 does not apply at railroad-highway grade crossings; the conduct of drivers approaching such crossings is governed by sections 316.1575 and 316.159 of Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control. A violation of the provisions of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation. Basically, a flashing yellow light means a driver may proceed forward with caution. Flashing, yellow signals are used … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Duty of a Owner or Driver of a Disabled Vehicle Obstructing Traffic?

Pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.071 – Disabled Vehicles Obstructing Traffic, a driver of a vehicle has a duty to keep his or her disabled vehicle from obstructing the flow of traffic. Whenever a driver’s vehicle becomes disabled on any Florida street or highway and obstructs the regular flow of traffic, the driver must move the vehicle so as not to obstruct the regular flow of traffic. If the driver cannot move the vehicle alone, the driver must solicit help and move the vehicle so as not to obstruct the … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Duty of a Driver of an Animal Drawn Vehicle?

Pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.073 – Applicability to Animals and Animal-Drawn Vehicles, all Florida drivers of an animal-drawn vehicle upon a Florida roadway are subject to the provisions of Chapter 316 applicable to drivers of standard vehicles, except those provisions which by there nature can have no applications. Also, all the provisions of Chapter 316 applicable to pedestrians, except sec. 316.130(3), apply to any person riding or leading an animal upon a roadway or shoulder thereof. An “animal-drawn vehicle” is typically a mechanized piece of equipment pulled by one … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Legal Duty of Drivers and Pedestrians Approaching a Green Circular Light and Green Arrow Light?

Pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.075 – Traffic Control Signal Devices, the standard green, red and yellow lights shall indicate and apply to both drivers and pedestrians. Green Circular Light. Traffic facing a green circular light may proceed through the light or turn right of left with caution, unless a sign a such traffic signal prohibits either such turn. Vehicular traffic turning right or left shall always yield the right-of-way to other vehicles and pedestrians lawfully within the intersection or an adjacent crosswalk at any time a green circular signal … Continue reading

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Drowning of 2 Year Old – Bryce Bostick – in Arlington Swimming Pool (Jacksonville Florida) – Tragic Loss for Family and Community

Two-year-old Bryce Bostick drowned in his family’s pool in the 6300 block of Regiment Drive. According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Report, the boy’s older brother went to look for him and found Bryce floating face down in the family’s pool. His brother, a neighbor and the first responding police officer performed CPR before Jacksonville Fire and Rescue arrived and took over. An adult relative of the family was watching the six to eight children that were in the home at the time of the drowning. Bryce’s parents were at work, said the police report. The two-year-old was inside the … Continue reading

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Baker County Florida Children Hit by Car Walking to Summer School

Two children were struck by a car while walking to summer school in Baker County, Florida. Kristen Connell, 12-years-old, and her younger brother Sean, 11 years-old, were struck by a Ford Focus as they crossed the street of Highway 121. The driver of the vehicle, 29-year-old Tara Nunley was on her way to work at the Department of Corrections. Both the Florida Highway Patrol and Baker County Sheriff’s Office are still investigating the accident and have not filed any charges. Both children were critically injured from the pedestrian-automobile accident. Kristen was taken to Ed Fraser Memorial Hospital for evaluation and … Continue reading

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