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  • Marginal Improvement in U.S. Road Fatalities - Still Concerning for Drivers

    Although road deaths have declined slightly for the first half of 2017, officials note that there is still plenty for drivers to be concerned about. There were approximately 250 fewer deaths through June 30 during 2017 than there were in 2016, which signifies about a 1 percent drop for the period. While this does signify a trend in the right direction, officials note that the number still remains ...
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  • Are Uber Drivers Being Pressured to Work Excessively Long Hours?

    According to the Oxford Dictionaries Online, “ridesharing” is an arrangement in which a passenger travels in a private vehicle driven by its owner, for free or a fee, as arranged by means of a website or app. Without a doubt, rideshare services have become more mainstream over the last couple years, and the industry shows no signs of slowing down. It seems like everyone knows the name Uber ...
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  • How We've Underestimated the Prevalence of Distracted Driving

    After years of decline, traffic deaths have risen sharply over the past two years. Deaths from auto accidents rose over 14% in those two years. To put that in perspective, that is the largest two-year increase in over 50 years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2016, an average of 100 people died on America's roadways every single day. That's over 40,000 ...
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  • With the Kids Back in School, Driver Safety Awareness is Key

    The end of summer is here and schools are ramping up for the start of a new year. Over 4,200 schools make up the approximately 76 public school districts in Florida . This includes Miami-Dade County Public Schools and Broward County Public Schools, which, in terms of enrollment, are the first and second largest school districts in the state (and in the top ten nationwide). With a state-wide ...
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  • National Teen Driver Safety Week: Teaching Teens About Safety Behind the Wheel

    National Teen Driver Safety Week presents the ultimate opportunity to chat frankly with adolescents about one of today's most concerning problems: distraction and recklessness behind the wheel. Far too many teenagers fall victim to car crashes; research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention points to motor vehicle accidents as the chief cause of death among adolescents. Common Causes ...
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  • Florida Has a High Number of Unlicensed Drivers

    You’re familiar with the slogans. “The American Dream.” “The Land of Opportunity.” “Home of the Free and the Brave.” It’s those ideals that make this country great and make people want to live here. When they come, they wish to do those everyday things: working, shopping, driving. The problem is, driving a car properly is a learned skill, and not everyone who gets behind the wheel does so legally. ...
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  • Flood Safety Tips for Florida Drivers

    This summer, it seems the generic “hot enough for you?” conversation filler has been replaced by “wet enough for you?” While great at making everything lush and green, this season's rainfall has also made much of the state a flood zone. Lakes and rivers are high, lawns are marshy, and water collects on the roads. In a recent National Weather Service flood advisory for parts of Miami-Dade county , ...
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  • New Report Says Florida Is the Second Worst State for Distracted Driving

    Our great state of Florida is known for a lot of wonderful things. Disney World, for one, but also our beautiful beaches, the Daytona 500, the NASA Space Center, and of course, the oranges. What you might not realize is that Florida is quickly becoming known for something a little less enjoyable. According to a recent study, Florida drivers are the second most distracted drivers in the entire ...
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  • You Should Never Admit Fault After a Vehicle Crash

    No matter whether you think of yourself as a good person who always tries to do the right thing, know that your moral compass points in the wrong direction more often than not, or are somewhere in between, you should never voluntarily take the blame after a car accident. Erring on the side of caution is crucial to ensuring that your rights are protected and the truth is discovered. Even if you ...
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  • How Drivers are Impacted by Changes in Florida's Ridesharing Regulations

    In a fairly short period of time, ridesharing has gone from a novel idea to a viable transportation movement. Whether for daily commutes, personal errands, or business travel, this popular option is accessible through a variety of apps. Uber and Lyft are the most well-known ridesharing companies, with tens of thousands of drivers in Florida alone. Recently, state lawmakers passed new regulations ...
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  • Miami Drivers Need a New Direction on Turn Signals

    Nowadays, even base models of vehicles are coming with some pretty fancy technology. Bluetooth capabilities, back-up cameras, lane departure warnings, and adaptive cruise control are just a few examples. These kinds of features are designed to help motorists stay safe. There's another customary automotive safety technology that’s been around for almost a century, yet Miami drivers seem to be ...
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  • Youth Traffic Safety: A Continuing Concern

    Life can be hard to navigate, and if you become a parent, it’s common to find yourself wishing that your kids would learn from your mistakes rather than repeat them. Some lessons transfer easily: look both ways before crossing the street, don’t talk to strangers, wear sunscreen. But others are a sign of the times: change your passwords often, be careful what you post, don’t participate in sexting. ...
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  • Trucks Parked Illegally Could Pose Major Safety Threat

    As one of the primary means of transport for goods in this country, it seems the road is always packed with tractor-trailers. No matter what time of day you find yourself behind the wheel, chances are high that you will share the road with several large trucks. And they can be intimidating – drifting out of their lane, losing tire tread, barreling down on cars. But have you ever considered that ...
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  • Smartphones Contribute to Distracted Driving, Right?

    A person's confidence in his or her own skills paired with the convenience of mobile phones make talking or texting while driving a nearly unavoidable temptation. It’s hard to remember the days when it wasn't possible to instantly update your ETA to a friend, find a different route when you make a wrong turn, or take that important business call. While multitasking can be an effective use of time, ...
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  • Fewer Teens are Getting a Driver's License, but is That a Good Thing?

    It used to be that earning a driver’s license was the most anticipated rite of adolescence. In the age of ride-sharing and interaction through social media, there has been a significant decrease in the number of teenage drivers. One survey places the share of high school seniors who have a driver’s license at a record low of 71.5 percent – down from 85.3 percent in 1996. More and more teens are ...
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  • Traffic Laws Have a Direct Impact on Road Safety

    Florida has only 5 of 15 laws suggested by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. A reduction in costs and fatalities would likely result if laws were passed for things such as: Primary enforcement rear seat belt Booster seats Minimum age of 16 for a learner’s permit No nighttime time driving for learners Restricted passengers for intermediate-stage drivers No use of cellular devices for teens ...
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  • South Florida Weather Puts Drivers at Risk of Injury from Defective Airbags

    Contrary to popular belief, airbags are not soft pillows that float out like clouds when needed. Rather, these supplemental restraints more closely resemble tightly packed explosives. The inflation system is comparable to that of a solid rocket booster , and deployment clocks in at almost 200 miles per hour. Activation comes without warning, filling the space and beginning to deflate in less time ...
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  • Drunk(er) Driving in Florida?

    In 2015, there were 2,656 DUI arrests just in Miami-Dade county -- the second highest number in the 31,783 such arrests made statewide. There were also almost 800 alcohol-related traffic fatalities in Florida that year, representing 27 percent of all traffic deaths and a 14.8 percent increase over 2014. Thousands more were injured in alcohol-related crashes. This continues year after year, despite ...
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  • Fighting Fire With Fire: Apps Aim to Prevent Distracted Driving

    Ever use your phone while driving? If you said no, you're probably not being entirely truthful. Sending or reading texts at a stop light counts, by the way. Even if you've never posted to social media while driving, most people are guilty of using apps or messaging while behind the wheel. It's almost habit; and since most of us feel like we are good drivers, we don’t believe that the dangers ...
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  • April is National Alcohol Awareness Month

    An alcohol fueled night ends with a fiery crash, one dead and eight injured (Pinellas County, 3/11/17) Car was going at least 100 mph in Sawgrass crash that killed 19-year-old, troopers say (2/16/17) Driver sentenced to prison in DUI crash that killed boy, 6 (Broward County, 1/19/17) One dead in alcohol-related wrong way crash on Interstate 4 in Lakeland (1/14/17) Teen dies, 4 others injured in ...
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  • Florida is Taking Steps to Curb Teen Driver Distraction - Is It Ambitious Enough?

    Accidents happen. They are a part of life that we have to accept. However, the occurrence of some accidents is made more likely by behaviors that are within our control. Where we place our attention when operating a motor vehicle is a prime example. Focusing on the road while driving can greatly reduce the chance of a crash. But there are many distractions out there that take our eyes off the ...
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  • This Spring Break, Don't Take a Break from Safety

    It’s almost that time again. Spring break. Whether you are a college student or a family with kids about to get days off from school, traveling for spring break is a welcome adventure. South Florida is a very common destination this time of the year. Fort Lauderdale ranked as the fourth most popular spot for Spring Break 2017 in a recent survey by Allianz Global Assistance , which examined more ...
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  • "Certified" Used Cars May Not Be Risk-free

    For many of us, our first taste of automotive freedom came from scraping together enough money to buy a used car. There are great deals out there and lots of solid financial reasons to continue purchasing previously owned vehicles. In fact, used car prices declined about four percent on average last year over 2015, and the outlook is for more of the same. Unfortunately, a decline in cost may also ...
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  • To Err is Human...

    The day after Christmas, three people on their way home from a nightclub were killed when their car smashed through two fences and plunged into a lake near Fort Lauderdale. Only the driver escaped the sinking vehicle and, although the cause is still under investigation , witnesses reported that the car had been speeding prior to the crash. A tragedy for sure, perhaps even a preventable one – and ...
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  • Can I Still Sue If I Am Partially to Blame for an Accident?

    Although traffic accidents are extremely common, no one actually expects to be involved in one. When a crash happens, it can be difficult to be sure exactly what went wrong. Even if you think the accident was partly your fault, it’s a good idea not to say so at the scene. There are processes for figuring out fault, and it’s best for everyone if they are followed. The good news is that in Florida, ...
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