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Railroad Crossings Safer in Florida Than in the Past

December 30, 2011

Railroad Crossings Safer in Florida Than in the Past

It is predicted that this holiday season will be a very busy time for Florida roads. The American Automobile Association (AAA) says more than 4 million Floridians will travel on our roadways this holiday season, up 1.8 percent from 2010. The latest Federal Railroad Administration crash data shows that crossing the railroad tracks in Florida…

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December 29, 2011

El Camino Flips into Ditch Killing Driver in Jacksonville Northside

A young driver lost his life on the Northside of Jacksonville Tuesday morning, December 27, when his 1984 Chevrolet El Camino left the road and flipped over onto its roof. According to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), the 21-year-old driver was southbound on Interstate 295 near the U.S. 1 intersection. For some reason his vehicle…

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December 27, 2011

Woman Critical After Being Hit by Car in Public Shopping Center

A 53-year-old Jacksonville Beach woman is in critical condition after being hit by an SUV in the parking lot of a Publix grocery store at the upscale Marsh Landing area Friday afternoon, December 23. According to Jacksonville Beach police, the SUV was backing out after being parked and backed into the woman around 3 p.m….

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December 23, 2011

Pit Bull Attack Leaves Clay County Woman in Serious Condition

News4jax.com reports that a Clay County woman was mauled by six pit bull dogs owned by her son Sunday afternoon, December 18. The 61-year-old woman was riding in a golf cart in the 6000 block of Old Carter Road in Maxville between her land and her son’s when the dogs attacked her legs. A neighbor…

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December 22, 2011

Prior to Winter Trip, Check out the Vehicle to Make Sure it’s Road Worthy

Planning a trip this holiday? The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has some recommendations to make sure you get there safely. Obviously, the first rule is to wear a seat belt, but also never text behind the wheel or drive drunk. In addition, the NHTSA has the following recommendations: Make sure your car…

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December 21, 2011

Florida Unlikely to Follow Fed Ban on Texting

Florida cannot continue to allow drivers of all ages to use cell phones and text message while driving a vehicle. That is the message federal safety investigators issued December 13 in asking that all states ban cell phone use while behind the wheel with the exception of emergencies. The National Transportation Safety Board reports the…

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December 20, 2011

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over for the Holidays

‘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…

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December 19, 2011

Do Medical Devices Need More Monitoring?

Legislation was introduced in the U.S. Senate on December 14 that would require medical device makers to track their products after they are implanted in patients. As amazing as it sounds, that doesn’t happen now. And even more astonishing, many implantable medical devices do not undergo a premarket review for safety before they are sold…

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December 16, 2011

70-Year-Old Sumter Woman Dies in Collision

The Orlando Sentinel reported that a 70-year-old passenger of a 2003 Ford Escape died Sunday, December 11, in Sumter County after a collision on U.S. Route 301. Quoting the Florida Highway Patrol, the paper says the Escape was traveling on U.S. 301 when it drove into the path of a 2003 Sequoia, driven by a…

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