On December 8 two brothers were hit by a gray Toyota Tacoma as they were walking home on Bryan Road from a school basketball game in Dania Beach. The accident happened a few blocks away from their house, with the driver of the vehicle failing to stop to help. The younger of the two brothers, who was eight years old, eventually succumbed to his injuries after being on life support for over a week. The older brother remains in the hospital.
Broward County Crime Stoppers are offering a $5,500 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the driver. Read the rest »
The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) and thousands of law enforcement and highway safety agencies throughout Florida are participating in the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign that kicked off August 17 and runs through the Labor Day weekend.
The last weeks of summer can be a particularly dangerous time on America’s roadways. Over Labor Day weekend in 2010, 147 people were killed in drunk driving crashes across the nation. By aggressively seeking impaired drivers and maintaining high-visibility on Florida’s roads and highways, law enforcement is hoping to keep drunk and drugged drivers off the road. Statistics have shown that campaigns like “Drive Sober Or Get Pulled Over” may reduce alcohol-impaired accident fatalities by as much as 20 percent. Read the rest »
The days of underage drinkers waiting outside in dimly lit liquor store parking lots and asking complete strangers to buy them alcohol is so 20th Century.
Apart from our facetious tone, according to two recently released studies, not only are alcohol companies targeting underage drinkers online, but it is increasingly easy for young people to buy alcohol on the Internet. This is a major problem.
A commentary from the Center on Alcohol Marketing and Youth at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, says that alcohol marketers are increasingly pushing their product through social media outlets such as Facebook and other online venues. The commentary went on to cite at least 14 other studies that have found that young people who are exposed to alcohol marketing are more likely to drink — or to drink even more. Read the rest »
A woman who crashed her car into a Fort Lauderdale pool cabana last March, killing a pregnant woman and her unborn child, has been charged with two counts of DUI manslaughter.
As reported in a previous blog, the 34-year-old driver smashed into the poolside cabana at the Riverside Hotel in Fort Lauderdale after losing control of her car. The victim was a tourist from Boston and was seven months pregnant at the time of the accident. She had won the trip to Fort Lauderdale through her church and was attending a marriage conference. Read the rest »
Imagine a scenario in which your high school-aged son has been involved in a horrendous fatal DUI accident in Florida. Think about the pain you would feel.
Now, imagine that your son is not the victim, but the person responsible for the accident.
That’s what one man from Ridge Manor had to live through when he received a call from his wife in 2007 telling him that his son had been in an accident. While driving to the accident scene, like any parent, he worried that his son had been injured. He knew something was terribly wrong when he pulled up and saw nearly two dozen emergency vehicles at the crash scene — and his son sitting in the backseat of a patrol car. Read the rest »
It’s been said that everybody is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day — but, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) wants to make motorists aware that the luck of the Irish may run out for them if they decide get behind the wheel after a St. Patty’s Day bash.
To drive the point home to green-bedecked revelers, the NHTSA is mounting a St. Patrick’s Day Impaired Driving Prevention Campaign in conjunction with state and local governments from March 12-18, reminding would-be partiers that getting in their cars and driving drunk can bring dire consequences to themselves and to others.
According to NHTSA statistics, in 2009, there were 103 crash fatalities on St. Patrick’s Day. Of those accidents, 37 percent involved people with blood-alcohol levels of .08 or higher. Read the rest »
Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk
. That’s the message that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the National Football League (NFL), and Techniques for Effective Alcohol Management (TEAM) is pushing for this Sunday’s Super Bowl game between the New England Patriots and New York Giants.
Through an integrated campaign of press releases, posters, and various programs, the three partners are not just stressing this message to the thousands of fans who will actually be at the stadium for this year’s Super Bowl, but to the millions of people who will be attending Super Bowl parties this weekend. By emphasizing the need to select designated drivers and taking car keys away from intoxicated fans, the goal is to get everybody home safely after the game and to prevent drunk driving accidents in Florida and throughout the United States. Read the rest »
‘Tis the season to hear warnings about the number of drivers who choose to drive after enjoying holiday celebrations.
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is teaming up with law enforcement and state agencies to remind us that drinking and driving is illegal. As part of the seasonal and national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, expect to see a visible effort on the roadways to cut down on drunk driving, such as sobriety checkpoints and patrols and media reminders in public service campaigns.
GHSA reports in a press release issued December 14 that 415 people lost their lives in crashes involving a drunk driver in the last half of December in 2010. New Year’s Day, January 1, is among the Top Five deadliest days of the year for U.S. drivers. Read the rest »
December will be a very bad month to drink and drive in Florida. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) plans a month-long crackdown on drunk driving around the state to reduce the number of deaths this holiday season. The state effort coincides with the Nationwide Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.
Florida Accident Statistics
FHP wants to have a better holiday season in the state than last year when 32 people died on Florida roads due to alcohol-related crashes over the New Year’s holiday travel period. During the four-day Christmas holiday in 2010, 24 people died on our roads with eight of those crashes alcohol-related. Accidents involving drug use went from 1,090 fatalities in 2009 down to 1,063 in 2010. Read the rest »
Three families are suffering following a pedestrian collision which killed two teenagers in Brantley County, Georgia, early Friday morning, November 18.
A 24-year-old driver from Nahunta, Georgia has been charged with two counts of homicide, as well as a DUI and driving on the wrong side of the road.
The teens were walking on Buffalo Creek Road near Hickox, Georgia at about 2 a.m. The driver was eastbound on the same road in a Grand Cherokee when he hit the teens, one age 19 from Waycross, and the other age 18 from Brunswick, dragging one boy under the vehicle. The two were pronounced dead at the scene, while the driver of the Jeep was not injured. Read the rest »