The 2013 State Motorcycle Safety Administrators (SMSA) Outstanding State Award was presented to the Florida State Safety Office in recognition of the State of Florida's comprehensive state motorcycle safety program. Each year, the SMSA Outstanding State Award recognizes a state with a comprehensive motorcycle safety program that has implemented strategies that are successful, effective and can be measured, evaluated, and serve as best practices.
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office will once again offer Manatee County residents a free Teen Driver Challenge Thursday evening, December 12th and all day Saturday, December 14th, 2013. The class will be instructed by MCSO Driving Instructors and will include twelve hours of training: four classroom hours and eight driving pad hours. In order to successfully complete the course students must attend both the classroom and driving pad parts of the course and supply their own vehicle to use for training.
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
November 29, 2013
NATIONAL IMPAIRED DRIVING PREVENTION MONTH, 2013
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
According to a new study, most people would choose to get painful experiences out of the way as soon as possible rather than put them off and live with the dread of experiencing pain in the future. The study was conducted by researchers from the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL, who are seeking to better understand the fundamental processes by which people anticipate pain. What they found was that most people, when offered a choice, chose to proceed with pain and get it over with rather than put it off until later.
The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is reminding all drivers to "Don't Worry, Be Happy, and Drive Safely." In a November 25, 2013, News Release, the Florida Highway Patrol issued an announcement that it is conducting an enforcement campaign aimed at preventing aggressive driving behavior. FHP's "Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks" (TACT) campaign will run through December 5, 2013, and is intended to raise awareness about the dangers of being too aggressive on roadways.
A 20-year old woman who is suspected of tweeting "2 drunk 2 care" on her Twitter page just hours earlier, ended up driving the wrong way on Florida's Sawgrass Expressway early on the morning of November 17, 2013, and crashing head-on into another car with two young women inside. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Marisa Catronio, 21, was killed instantly and Kaitlyn Nicole Ferrante, 21, died several days later from injuries sustained in the head-on crash. The wrong-way driver, Kayla Mendoza, 20, who is suspected of being drunk and stoned at the time of the accident, was hospitalized in serious condition and faces serious consequences.
Thanksgiving is one of the great American holidays that involves a lot of travel and the excitement and hustle and bustle of the holiday can be major distractions for those on the road, and all too often those distractions have deadly consequences. That's why it's important to do the single most effective thing to save your life in the event of a traffic crash: wear a seat belt.
Over the years, there have been many tragedies involving stopped law enforcement or emergency workers being hit by passing vehicles. More than 170 law enforcement officers have died nationwide from roadside crashes since 1999. Every time law enforcement and emergency workers stop to work on the side of the road they face the real possibility of being hit by a passing vehicle. In response to this, Florida lawmakers passed the 2002 "Move Over" law which requires motorists to move over a lane or slow down to 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit when a law enforcement or emergency vehicle is stopped on the side of the road with its flashing lights on. Unfortunately, even though the law has been on the books for over 10 years, too many people simply fail to follow it.
If you ride a motorcycle you need to know about "No-Zones." No-Zones are dangerous areas or blind spots around cars, trucks and buses where accidents are more likely to occur. Even with the best mirrors, all motor vehicles have blind spots where other vehicles, especially motorcycles, disappear from view and are nearly impossible to see. All drivers, but especially motorcyclists, need to know how to avoid No-Zones and position themselves where they are most likely to be seen by other motorists.
For chronic pain sufferers, it's easy to make mistakes with your pain medications when you are in a lot of pain and all you want is relief. When you are suffering it can be hard to resist the urge to take another pill, add an over-the-counter pain medication, or try to take the edge off with alcohol - anything to take the edge off of the pain. But trying to deal with pain in this fashion is dangerous and may lead to harmful side effects or even death.