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...]

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...]

Pasco bans cannabis growth and sale

The Pasco Commission has placed a one-year moratorium on the production and distribution of cannabis. The plant is the basis for "Charlotte's web," a low-strain of medical marijuana. In a roll-call vote, commissioners approved the ban unanimously, without discussion. The Florida Legislature approved the non-euphoric form of medical marijuana in 2014, but the state has yet to get the … [Read more...]

Drink too much this weekend? Get towed for free

When people plan ahead for that Halloween party, they figure they won't drink very much, so why not drive? That is, until they do drink too much, and now they have to worry about getting home. AAA and Bud Light once again are taking away the fears of driving home drunk this weekend with its Tow to Go service, which will get both a driver and a car home for free, whether they are a AAA member or … [Read more...]

Steinbrenner/Gaither game gets lesson in texting, driving

It's a rare time to have football and Halloween on the same night, but AAA is going to make the best of it by sharing a true fright: texting and driving. AAA and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office will attend Friday's football game between Steinbrenner and Gaither high schools, where they hope to talk about the dangers teens face when they get behind the wheel. Of course, that becomes … [Read more...]

Halloween creates scary combination for pedestrians, motorists

Halloween can be one of the most deadly nights of the year for both pedestrians and motorists, according to AAA. With the increased number of walkers trick-or-treating, and party-goers that could be impaired behind the wheel, it makes for a scary combination. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian … [Read more...]

Time to walk to school on Wednesday

Drivers should be extra careful on school routes Wednesday as many students will take to the street. It's part of International Walk to School Day, which raises awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. It also emphasizes the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian … [Read more...]

AAA wants teens to return to driver ed classroom

It’s hard not to remember the days of driver education. From the movies showing the horrors of accidents, to road trips to perfect that three-point turn. However, despite vehicle crashes remaining the leading cause of death for teens, fewer new drivers are participating in what used to be considered a rite of passage. State funding and requirements for these programs have declined over recent … [Read more...]

Don’t drive drunk, just get towed

Labor Day and having something to drink go hand-and-hand for many people. But unfortunately, so does drinking and getting behind the wheel. That's why this weekend AAA is offering Tow to Go, where anyone who has been drinking — whether they are a AAA member or not — can have both themselves and their vehicle safely and freely transported within 10 miles. "As the last official holiday of the … [Read more...]

Pressure grows on Scott to veto speed limit bill

AAA is not a big fan of raising the speed limit on Florida highways, and is asking Gov. Rick Scott to veto a bill that would do just that. S.B. 392, which was introduced by state Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, would allow Florida to join Maine as the only states east of the Mississippi River that would allow speeds above 70 mph. The bill would allow the Florida Department of … [Read more...]