Alarming rise in hit-and-runs worries, baffles Florida officials

August 13th, 2013 - by niftyadmin

Getting into a car accident is bad enough, but to quickly find that the other car involved has driven off is more than disheartening and it leaves you without much recourse. What’s worse is the Florida Highway Patrol says hit-and-run accidents are on the rise in Central Florida. Just last month, there were 547 hit-and-run […]

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Overnight car accident on I-95 sends 6 adults, 3 kids to hospital

August 12th, 2013 - by niftyadmin

A multi-vehicle collision Sunday night on I-95 in West Palm Beach sent a total of nine people to the hospital, authorities report, including three children, two Florida Highway Patrol officers and a West Palm Beach fire captain. Luckily, none of the injuries were considered life threatening, according to an FHP spokesperson. This was apparently a […]

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Survey: majority of US teens delaying getting a driver’s license

August 2nd, 2013 - by niftyadmin

For perhaps the first time in at least two decades, a majority of teenagers in the U.S. — 66 percent — are putting off getting licensed until at least a year after they become eligible. By the time they reach age 18, only 54 percent of American teens have a driver’s license. While their lack […]

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Serious injuries to adult, child in Lake Lulu watercraft accident

July 30th, 2013 - by niftyadmin

Two Winter Haven men took two boys for an afternoon of fun at the lake on Saturday, but the day did not end up that way. Both boys, aged 9 and 10, and a 31-year-old man sustained serious injuries when the inner tube they were riding in slammed into a Lake Lulu dock. All three […]

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Active hurricane season expected: Tips to prevent boat accidents

July 26th, 2013 - by niftyadmin

According to climate scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Florida could be in for quite a hurricane season this year. NOAA has predicted an “active or extremely active” season, with a 70-percent chance that 3 to 6 hurricanes this year will be categorized as Category 3 or stronger — well above the historical […]

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Study: a toppling TV injures 1 child every half hour in the US

July 23rd, 2013 - by niftyadmin

According to a new study in the journal Pediatrics, more than 17,000 children are injured in the U.S. every year by a TV falling and striking them. That calculates out to an average of one such injury every half hour. Furthermore, the rate of these completely preventable injuries rose substantially between 1990 and 2012, the […]

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CDC: traumatic brain injuries up 60 percent among youth athletes

July 19th, 2013 - by niftyadmin

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of youth athletes sustaining traumatic brain injuries is frighteningly on the rise. Based on the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the number of kids under 19 suffering brain trauma from collisions during recreational sports rose by a shocking 60 percent between 2001 and […]

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One trolley went way off track in Fort Lauderdale, injuring 5

July 18th, 2013 - by niftyadmin

Trolleys can bring about a feeling of nostalgia for adults or a bit of wonder for children. Beach trolleys in Florida are a great way for residents and tourists alike to enjoy some of the great weather that The Sunshine State has to offer. Not all trolleys are on a track anymore, but they still […]

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Are cities responsible for stopping invasive wild animal attacks?

July 12th, 2013 - by niftyadmin

Recently, residents of the Sandhurst neighborhood in Boynton Beach have reported that wild foxes have been moving into the neighborhood — and some of them are aggressive. If you live in an area where wild and possibly dangerous animals are encroaching on areas where humans live, you may be wondering if cities have a legal […]

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Is lack of regulation responsible for parasail-boat accidents?

July 9th, 2013 - by niftyadmin

Did you know that parasailing is virtually unregulated in Florida or nationwide? At the same time, in Florida alone there have been as many as 33 parasailing accidents in the past 15 years — six of which were fatal. The question of whether the activity should be more closely regulated is likely to receive renewed […]

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