PHSC seminar aims to help reduce impaired driving

Drunk driving forever changed Brian Rushing’s life. He was just 18 years old when he wrecked his SUV and killed his 21-year-old brother, Nathan. That fateful night on Nov. 18, 2007, Rushing’s blood alcohol content was 0.09, over the legal limit. After a night of partying, the last thing he remembers is seeing his brother at the family’s Land O’ Lakes home. He doesn’t remember getting in his … [Read more...]

Rally sheds light on risks of impaired driving

For one drunk driver, it took going blind to finally see. That’s the message Derrick Jenkins shared during A Rally to Prevent Impaired Driving, on Dec. 5 at John Long Middle School in Wesley Chapel. Three years ago, Jenkins was just a “normal kid.” But, the St. Petersburg resident’s life changed forever on Nov. 5, 2013. Jenkins, then 21, attended a local car show with a few … [Read more...]

Sharing strategies to prevent substance abuse

While there are no easy ways to stop substance abuse, there are steps that can be taken to reduce it. Those strategies will be the focus of discussion during the fifth annual Substance Abuse Prevention Conference planned for April 29 at Saddlebrook Resort. The event is being presented by BayCare Behavioral Health and Pasco ASAP. The conference is from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 5700 Saddlebrook … [Read more...]

MADD wants Florida to get tougher on drunk drivers

State lawmakers are looking to crack down on drunk drivers with H.B. 7005's requirement to study the effectiveness of ignition interlocks for first time convicted offenders with blood-alcohol content above 0.08, but MADD wants them to go even further. In a letter to state Rep. Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, Mothers Against Drunk Driving national president Jan Withers wants ignition … [Read more...]