If one of your loved ones was ever involved in a vehicular accident you would want to be called right away. Just the same, if you yourself were ever in an accident you would want your loved ones to be contacted as soon as possible. Thankfully, as the result of an effort initiated by a mother who sadly lost her daughter in a motorcycle accident, Florida has developed a voluntary emergency contact program that allows people to register their emergency contact information with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV).
According to federal statistics, 521 people have died in crashes involving 15-passenger vans from 2004 through 2010, with Florida leading in the number of crashes and fatalities. Just last month a 15-passenger van packed past capacity with 18 church-goers from Fort Pierce failed to stop at a stop sign and plunged into a ravine off of U.S. 27 resulting in eight deaths. The reason the van missed the stop sign and crashed is not yet known, but it has attracted the attention of safety watchdogs and investigators from both the Florida Highway Patrol as well as the National Transportation Safety Board.
Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is an herb that has been used as an alternative to synthetic drugs for relieving chronic pain and is easily found on the Internet, smoke shops and convenience stores in brightly colored packages. Many people suffering from chronic pain have turned to it for relief and report that it is safer than prescription narcotics when used responsibly for legitimate purposes. It is available in pills, crushed leaves and powder that can be added to drinks. But, in addition to relieving pain, Kratom is also thought to be widely abused and highly addictive.
Readers of our local paper and online news postings were alerted over the weekend of March 27, 2015 of a fatal accident involving three vehicles on U.S. 19 in Palmetto and were told that a woman and a small child had been killed, and another woman and additional children had been seriously injured. These initial reports were incorrect and, thankfully, the reports of a dead child were in error. Unfortunately, the reports of the woman's death were true.
FSU fans are showing their Seminole pride and supporting the University's scholarship program by purchasing the school's redesigned specialty license which features the new team logo and brilliant school colors of garnet and gold. The Seminoles redesigned their plate after winning their third national football championship a year ago.
The week of March 8 through March 13, 2015 is "Patient Safety Awareness Week," an annual health care safety campaign led by the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). This year's theme is "United in Safety," with a focus on the way patient engagement and communication between providers and patients and their families can result in safer care.
While the Oscars overlooked Jennifer Aniston's portrayal of a woman suffering with chronic pain in the movie, "Cake," thankfully, Aniston is receiving praise elsewhere and the film is being credited for helping to increase CRPS/RSD awareness.
Heintz & Becker extends its congratulations and appreciation to Army Staff Sgt. William T. Pendleton of Fort Stewart, Georgia. Pendleton was recently named the American Motorcyclist Association's (AMA) Outstanding Road Rider for 2015 in recognition of his leadership, uncommon excellence, and dedication to promoting the motorcycle lifestyle and protecting the future of motorcycling.
This past weekend our community saw two more pedestrian and/or bicycle fatalities. A Kentucky man, William J. Ashcroft, and an unnamed woman, were attempting to cross Cortez Road near the Buttonwood Inlet RV Resort on Saturday night when they were struck by a Ford van.
As part of its continuing "Alert Today, Alive Tomorrow" pedestrian and bicycle safety campaign, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will be serving as the title sponsor for the 2015 season-opening NASCAR XFINITY Series race on Saturday, Feb. 21 at Daytona International Speedway. The 120-lap, 300-mile race, will be known as the Alert Today Florida 300 and will ask NASCAR fans to remember that "Safety Doesn't Happen by Accident."