Texting and Driving Victim’s Family Pushing to Make a Difference


The family said that tougher laws could have saved Lavon's life. Lavon Reese, a 24 year old Florida State University student, was killed in a high-speed, distraction affected crash. The driver of the vehicle, Ashli Harvey, was driving 89 mph and texting. She faces three years in prison after entering into a plea deal. Reese's family has focused on changing Florida's texting while driving laws, law is a secondary offense, meaning drivers cannot be pulled over simply for texting. Gwendolyn Reese and Jeffery Peaten, Lavon's aunt and cousin, are working with lawmakers…

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Distracted Driving Comes with a “Hangover Effect”


Distracted driving can cause an experience similar to a "hangover effect." 52% of drivers in 2011 reported owning a smartphone. Three years later, that number skyrocketed to 80%. [su_divider top="no" divider_color="#fff" link_color="#fff"]52% of drivers in 2011 reported owning a smartphone. Three years later, that number skyrocketed to 80%. While it's obvious that texting and driving is a major distraction, it's not so obvious how long that distraction actually lasts. AAA Foundation for Traffic & Safety conducted a study that found distracted driving causes an experience of "hangover effect," making the brain…

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Shortage of Volunteer Drivers in Minnesota


Statutes in Minnesota still need further clarification on the difference between volunteers and employees. Volunteer drivers are a crucial segment of transportation in Minnesota. Organizations use volunteer drivers as a low cost method of transportation for people that need services, whereas other forms of transportation would be less cost-effective or lower the quality of service. These organizations cover a wide variety, from local governments, faith-based organizations, to public transit providers and human service providers. The trips taken by these organizations are a broad variety, as well. Ranging from trips to…

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Alcohol Fueled Crash Kills Teenager


"Everybody was unconscious in that car." Multiple trauma alerts required several victims to be airlifted to the hospital. Florida Highway Patrol report indicates alcohol was a factor. Authorities say 18 year old Patterson was under the influence when he ran a red light and consequently collided with a Ford truck. The accident occurred at around 1 A.M on Saturday, March 11th in Clearwater, FL. Patterson was driving 5 passengers, ages ranging from 15 to 22. Good Samaritan Donshay Inmon, a former soldier, saw the accident happen. As a result, he decided…

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Seat Belt Use in 2015


Seat Belt Use [su_divider top="no" divider_color="#ffffff" link_color="#ffffff"]The use of seat belts increased from 81.2% in 2006 to 88.5% in 2015, according to NOPUS. NOPUS is a survey that provides nationwide probability based data in the United States. 22,441 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in traffic crashes in 2015. Additionally, 52% of those occupants were known to be restrained with a seat belt.  In contrast, 48% were known as unrestrained at the time of the accident. [su_divider top="no"] [su_divider top="no" divider_color="#ffffff" link_color="#ffffff"]Similarly, of those same occupants, the age groups of 21-24 and 25-34 had the…

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Distracted Driving in 2014


Distracted driving poses a danger to everyone on the road. Don't let your next text be your last one. This table provides information on crashes, drivers, and fatalities involved in fatal distraction-affected crashes in 2014. Crashes Drivers Fatalities Total 29,989 44,583 32,675 Distraction-Affected (D-A) 2,955 (10% of total crashes) 3,000 (7% of total drivers) 3,179 (10% of total fatalities) Cell Phone in Use 385 (13% of D-A crashes) 398 (13% of distracted drivers) 404 (13% of fatalities in D-A crashes) Source: National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA), FARS 2014…

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Statistics on Speeding and Aggressive Driving in 2016


Speeding and Aggressive Behavior [su_divider top="no" divider_color="#ffffff" link_color="#ffffff"]A little over half of drivers (57%) reported that they drive about as fast as other drivers on the road. Nearly one fifth (18.1%) of drivers reported that they drive faster than other drivers. [su_divider top="no"] [su_divider top="no" divider_color="#ffffff" link_color="#ffffff"]But what about on freeways, where speeding is frequent? Almost half (45.6%) say have driven 15 MPH over the limit in the past month, and 13.7% do so regularly. [su_divider top="no"] [su_divider top="no" divider_color="#ffffff" link_color="#ffffff"]Additionally, 46% of drivers have driven 10 MPH over the…

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Some History of Drunk Driving Laws


Drunk Driving Laws have changed quite a lot over the years. Let's take a look at the history of Drunk Driving Laws. In 1938, thanks to research by the American Medical Association and the National Safety Council, 0.15 percent became the first commonly-used legal limit for blood alcohol concentration (BAC). In 1953, Robert Borkenstein, a former police captain and university professor, invented the Breathalyzer. It used chemical oxidation and photometry to determine BAC. All a person does is blow into the machine and it measures the alcohol vapors in their…

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