Saying Thank You to the First Responders

In Tallahassee, Florida, the recent recognition of several members of the first responders took place. Among those recognized was Chris Smith, the Deputy Sheriff in Leon County. Born to a bomber-pilot father who was part of the Strategic Air Command, his military family upbringing gave him quite a bit of information going into his future career. He was also surrounded …

Ford Settles Takata Air Bag Claims for $299.1 Million

In order to resolve economic damage claims made by consumers in the far-reaching Takata air bag litigation, Ford Motor Company has entered into a settlement under which it will pay $299.1 million. According to records from the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, the agreement is designed to compensate affected consumers for any out-of-pocket costs incurred due to the …

Sharing the Roadway: Bicyclist Accident Statistics

Riding a bicycle is an environmentally-friendly and physically beneficial alternative to driving a car. Sharing roadways comes with a fair share of potential hazards, especially considering the increased likelihood of accidents that result in injury or death. Over 800 bike riders in the United States were killed in 2015 as a result of crashing into a motor vehicle. The injury …

FHP Ticket Aggressive Drivers In Bid To Improve Safety

Each year, Florida has over 395,000 accidents. In many cases, these accidents are caused by an aggressive driver. In fact, Florida comes in at number eight on the list of aggressive drivers. The Florida Highway Patrol proposed the Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks program in 2014. This program was recently re-launched. Studies have shown that driver error plays a role …

Bill Banning Texting While Driving Passes Another Hurdle

On January 10, 2018, the Florida Senate panel passed a bill that would ban texting while driving. The bill classifies texting and driving as a primary offense. Florida Law previously classified texting and driving as a secondary offense. This means that an officer would have to pull the person over for another offense in order to give them a ticket …

Florida’s Recent Legislative Record

Flordia’s legislative sessions have hit a dry spell lately. They’ve had 1,747 bills come through, but only 196 have passed. Even less have been signed by Florida’s Governor Rick Scott. The bills have covered a wide range of issues from recent topic to long standing topics. This article will look at how bills in different categories have feared lately. In …

Texting and Driving Eventually a Primary Offense?

While there are some that strictly never use a hand-held electronic device while they’re driving, many drivers at least occasionally pick up a smartphone for ‘important’ matters while they’re driving. But, even with occasional use, drivers are overestimating their abilities while underestimating the dangers when they take their eyes, minds, and hands away from driving. Studies have shown that a …

Looking Ahead to Bills in Legislation in 2018

The Florida House has 22 bills ready to vote on in early 2018. The state senate has two bills ready for its session. The 24 bills are just some of the 2,780 measures wanting to be heard by a committee. Most will never be heard during the 60-day session. In the last session only 249 bills made it to Governor …

The Great Smoke 2016

    2016 will mark a major milestone for The Great Smoke event, which takes place in South Florida. This is one of the biggest and most popular cigar events in the country. The Great Smoke will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. There will be more cigar-themed madness. It will be a night filled with fun. The event will take …