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Distracted Florida Driver Jumps Partially Open Drawbridge!

Palm Beach resident James Montano crashed through the flashing gates and jumped a small gap of an open drawbridge on the Flagler Memorial Bridge in Palm Beach, Florida on Sunday, June 28, 2015.  After the event he reportedly told a law enforcement officer that he failed to see that the bridge was opening because he had been distracted by his GPS.  No Kidding - it really happened. And there's a video of the whole thing.

Alex Cooks Sr., Founder of Alex's Bar-B-Q and Alex's Xmas for Kids Bike Program Dies after Motorcycle Accident in Tampa

Tampa area restaurant owner and community favorite, Alex Cooks, 49, has died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash on Fletcher Avenue on Monday, June 8, 2015.  Cooks' motorcycle struck another vehicle while Cooks, who was wearing a helmet, exited a supermarket parking lot into oncoming traffic.  As the news of the tragedy has spread, mourners have been leaving items at a growing memorial outside of Cooks' Carrollwood restaurant and posting messages on Alex's BBQ's Facebook page.   

CRPS/RSD PART 22: News Probe Reveals Pharmacies Refusing to Fill Prescriptions for Pain Medication

People suffering from chronic pain with valid prescriptions issued by reputable physicians are being turned away by pharmacies that are refusing to fill their pain medication prescriptions.  Why is this happening and who is responsible?  An in-depth probe aptly named "State of Pain" by Orlando television WESH 2 has reportedly gathered thousands of stories of prescription medication denials, where real people describe themselves as being left in pain and feeling judged,  humiliated, betrayed, appalled and "MAD AS HELL".  The WESH 2 probe has shed light on the magnitude of the problem and has received the attention of the Florida Board of Pharmacy - the state agency responsible for regulating Florida's pharmacists.  

Exploding Takata Airbag Recall Expanded to Historic Proportions - Consumers Anxious and Confused

The ongoing saga involving defective "Takata" airbags has now reached epic proportions as the scope of the recall has been expanded to include 17 million vehicles in the U.S. and more than 36 million worldwide.  The announcement of the expanded recall was made on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, after which National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NTSA) Administrator Mark Rosekind remarked that "This is probably the most complex consumer safety recall in U.S. history."

Healthcare Alert: Serious Concerns Being Raised About Quality of Certain Nursing and Medical Assistant Training Programs

We have good news and bad news to share with our readers about the quality of training being received by the Nurses and Medical Assistants we trust with our care.  The good news is that we have Florida's top rated training programs right here in our area: University of Tampa, University of Central Florida and State College of Florida - Bradenton.  The bad news is that there are many training programs out there that are raising serious quality of care concerns.

Free Online Safety Course Credited for Keeping Three Teenagers Safe After Boat Sinks on Tampa Bay

15-year-old Matt Mainzer and a couple teenage friends were out for a fun afternoon on Tampa Bay in Matt's17-foot flats boat in late March when the boat developed a crack in its hull and began sinking.  Fortunately, Matt kept his cool and did what he had been taught to keep himself and his friends safe.  Using a cell phone he kept in a waterproof case, Matt called for help.  He got everyone into their life jackets and the three friends jumped overboard before the boat overturned.  Then he had the group hold on to the overturned hull of the boat until they were rescued unharmed.

Free Online Safety Course Credited for Keeping Three Teenagers Safe After Boat Sinks on Tampa Bay

15-year-old Matt Mainzer and a couple teenage friends were out for a fun afternoon on Tampa Bay in Matt's17-foot flats boat in late March when the boat developed a crack in its hull and began sinking.  Fortunately, Matt kept his cool and did what he had been taught to keep himself and his friends safe.  Using a cell phone he kept in a waterproof case, Matt called for help.  He got everyone into their life jackets and the three friends jumped overboard before the boat overturned.  Then he had the group hold on to the overturned hull of the boat until they were rescued unharmed.

Will Emergency Workers Know to Call You if One of Your Loved Ones has been in an Accident?

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).

Safety of 15-Passenger Vans Questioned for Years as Crashes Continue to Take Lives

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. 

Herb Believed To Relieve Pain Creating Controversy in Florida

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.    

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