Learn to share the road, for everyone’s safety

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), about 2 percent of deaths in motor vehicle crashes each year are bicyclists. Although child bicyclist deaths have declined over the years, deaths among bicyclists age 20 and older have tripled since 1975. Florida leads the nation in bicycle fatalities. Of the 783 pedalcyclists killed in 2017 in the United States, 125 (16 percent) … [Read more...]

Florida agency offers safety tips for holiday travelers

As Memorial Day weekend approaches, there is expected to be an influx of events, as well as travelers heading out on the road. To better prepare drivers for a safe and fun weekend, the Florida Highway Patrol is offering several tips for the road. With a 20-cent decline in Florida’s average gas price compared to last year, this is seen as an incentive for more motorists on the road, … [Read more...]

Florida aims to stop motorists from texting while driving

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to sign into law a measure that would allow tickets to be issued to motorists for texting while driving — as a primary offense. The current law considers texting while driving a secondary offense — meaning motorists can only be cited for the offense, if they are initially pulled over for another violation. The Florida House passed a bill on April 29 … [Read more...]

Car giveaway helps Pasco woman on her road to success

Melissa Pack finally has a car she can call her own. The Zephyrhills woman received the keys to a 2000 Hyundai Elantra at the United Way of Pasco County, in Land O’ Lakes, on Oct. 1. Before she received the car, the 37-year-old had no personal means of transportation. Spectators watched at the ceremony where Pack received the car, which came complete with a big red bow. The gift was made … [Read more...]

Students ring in the 2018-2019 school year

As a new academic year begins, students heading to Florida public schools will be welcomed to campuses that are now protected by armed security. The Florida Legislature mandated the armed guards at public school campuses across the state in response to the Valentine’s Day shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 students and staff members dead, and 17 others … [Read more...]

Enjoy the Fourth of July, but be safe, too

The Fourth of July is known for its picnics, parades, fireworks and fun — but it’s also a time when festivities can be marred by accidents and injuries. To make the most of your Independence Day celebrations, while keeping you and your loved ones safe, keep in mind these safety tips compiled from a variety of news releases and websites. These tips are from the American College of Emergency … [Read more...]

Hillsborough heads back to school this week

Hillsborough County public school students are heading back to school this week, and their counterparts in Pasco County public schools begin next week. Whether they’re streaming to Lutz Elementary School, Steinbrenner High, Liberty Middle, an area charter school or to a private school — the beginning of a new school is a time that’s always marked with fresh starts and new … [Read more...]

Have a holly, jolly — safe season

The holidays are meant to be a time of good cheer, but with all of the hustle and bustle, there’s also more opportunity for accidents and crime, too. Here are some pointers from various local agencies and national websites, intended to help you have a safe and happy season. Here are some holiday safety tips from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office: Be Safe While Shopping Lock … [Read more...]

Despite holiday, gas prices continue to fall

The demand for gasoline was the biggest in years for travelers trying to take the road to their Christmas destinations. Yet, where the classic system of supply and demand would've typically meant higher gas prices — they were, instead, lower. In fact, motorists saw the cheapest gasoline for Christmas since 2008, where Florida drivers saw an average price of $2.43. That broke lows set in 2009, … [Read more...]

It’s Christmas, and roads will be packed

Records might only date back to 2001, but AAA is projecting the holiday travel volume to be the highest it's ever tracked, with 98.6 million Americans journeying at least 50 miles away. That's up 4 percent from the 94.8 million people leaving home last year between Dec. 23 and Jan. 4. A vast majority of those drivers — 91 percent, actually — will take to the road, also up more than 4 percent … [Read more...]