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For 2nd Time in 10 Months a Construction Worker Is Electrocuted By Concrete Boom in Palm Coast

| August 9, 2019

Israel Hernandez, 40, was electrocuted by a “falling electrical wire” at a construction site at 31 Richmond Drive in circumstances almost identical to an incident that killed two workers on Sebastian Court last October.

House Would Toughen Driving and Texting Law But Opposes Hands-Free Only Use of Devices

| April 24, 2019

Police could pull over motorists texting and driving, under a House measure, but the House opposes a Senate proposal that would allow only hands-free use of cell phones while driving.

Hands-Free Cell Use In Car May Become Requirement in Florida Under Senate Plan

| April 18, 2019

The House measure matches the Senate proposal in shifting texting while driving from a “secondary” offense to a “primary” offense, but it doesn’t impose a hands-free requirement.

Lawmakers Again Float Bill To Make Texting While Driving a Primary Offense; Other Distractions Spared

| March 26, 2019

Currently, police can only cite motorists for texting if they are pulled over for other reasons. By making it a primary offense, police could pull over motorists for texting behind the wheel.

Mother Faces Felony for Leaving 13-Day-Old Child and 2 Other Toddlers Unsecured in Car

| January 4, 2019

Mercedes McCaster, 29, was driving on Palm Coast’s Belle Terre Parkway with four children, all of them improperly or not at all secured. Her arrests brings attention to a common safety problem.

After Noting Many “Deficiencies” In Flagler’s Public Transportation System, State Ordered 2 Buses Off the Roads

| July 27, 2018

Last November state inspectors noted 45 “deficiencies” in Flagler County’s public transportation system, and last week ordered two buses off the roads because safety problems had not been addressed.

Address Florida’s Deadly Rail Crossings Now, During 2018 Session

| January 23, 2018

Between 2011 and 2017, there were a total of 105 deaths on more than 350 miles of Florida East Coast Railway tracks, which also run through Bunnell. A rail safety bill needs legislative support.

In Preventive Demonstration, Sheriff Highlights Lethal Danger of Leaving Children in Hot Cars

| August 25, 2017

With an average of 39 children killed each year for being left in hot cars, Flagler Sheriff Rick Staly and DCF officials underscored the danger in a demonstration in Palm Coast this morning.

School District Advised to Cut Down on Car Riders and Push Bus Riding Instead, For Safety

| July 5, 2017

Detailed studies for each of the Flagler district’s elementary and middle schools reveal problematic safety issues with too many car riders, too few sidewalks, and disobeyed traffic laws.

Sheriff’s “Taxi-Patrol Car” Cautions Against Drunk Driving Over Memorial Day Weekend

| May 24, 2017

More than 400 deaths and 47,000 injuries are projected on U.S. roads over the Memorial Day weekend, prompting police agencies to heighten awareness campaigns.

‘Click It or Ticket’ Laws Are Becoming The Norm. But Do They Work?

| April 29, 2017

Not everyone is convinced the tougher laws reduce fatalities. And some opponents say the laws are another example of government interference and can lead to racial profiling.

School Bus Driver Cited For Carelessness in Crash After “Clearly” Violating Right-Of-Way

| April 27, 2017

Wilrick A. Woods, 60, got a $166 citation for careless driving after driving his school bus in the path of an SUV, whose driver suffered severe injuries in a crash Monday.

With Florida as Example, Charlie Crist Files Bill Seeking Seat Belts on School Buses Nationwide

| April 26, 2017

School districts also are concerned about the estimated $7,000 to $10,000 cost of adding seat belts to a new bus, though Florida is already covered: seat belts on school buses is a state law.

Fatal Irresponsibility:
How Palm Coast Willfully Ignored Street Lights And Sidewalks For 10 Years

| April 8, 2017

Palm Coast’s government’s claim that it didn’t have the money to build sidewalks and street lights is a cynical lie: as people died, the city put luxury ahead of necessity, from city hall to expensive beautification and plenty more.

Crashes at Red-Light Camera Intersections Up 10%, Incapacitating Injuries Up 27%

| January 9, 2017

A new report by the Florida highway safety department shows crash increases that belie claims that red-light cameras have made intersections safer. Palm Coast’s cameras are set to come down this year.

Special Treatment for Firefighters With Cancer? Florida Among Few States That Say No

| December 13, 2015

Florida lawmakers have introduced bills that would make Florida the 34th state to offer special protection to firefighters, but the measure faces obstacles in large part because of local governments’ opposition.

In 5th Incident Since September, Car Strikes a Student Biking Home From School

| December 1, 2015

As in three previous incidents involving vehicles against students on their bike, the driver was at fault, while the student, an 8th grader at Indian Trails Middle, was following the rules of the road.

With Florida Leading U.S. in Child Drownings, States Are Pressed to Improve Prevention

| August 30, 2015

Florida had 50 drownings of children 15 or younger last year, by far the most in the nation. California was second with 36. Better pool-safety regulations help.

75 MPH Speed Limit on Some Highways Nears Reality as Bill Goes to Gov. Scott

| May 1, 2014

After a sometimes-emotional debate, a divided Florida House on Wednesday gave final approval to a proposal that could lead to 75 mph speed limits on some highways. The House voted 58-56 to pass the bill (SB 392), which was backed by the Senate last week.

Speed Limit of 75 Advances Against AAA Opposition as House Panel Endorses Measure

| March 5, 2014

The House Transportation & Highway Safety Subcommittee voted 13-1 to support the measure (HB 761), which would direct the state Department of Transportation to determine the safe minimum and maximum speed limits on all divided highways that have least four lanes.

Texting While Driving Ban Passes Florida Legislature, But Scott Hasn’t Said He’ll Sign It

| May 2, 2013

The Senate voted 39-1 in favor of a bill (SB 52) that makes it illegal to read or type texts or emails while actually driving, though it would remain legal to do it while stopped, such as at a red light. Drivers can;t be stopped for texting, however. They can only be cited if stopped for another offense.

Road Rage Genesis: Law Banning Texting a Long-Overdue Correction

| April 18, 2013

In Florida in 2012, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, there were 256,443 traffic crashes and of those 4,841 were caused by a driver using some form of electronic device.

Their Battle Already Won, Flagler Beach Dog Owners Still Mobilizing to Ward Off Ban

| March 22, 2011

Flagler Beach resident Vicky Mulvaney kicked off a firestorm of opposition to her proposal to ban dogs altogether from the city’s beaches. The city commission, unlikely to go along, hears from Mulvaney and her opponents Thursday.

To Ban Texting While Driving in Florida: Ormond Beach Lawmaker Will Try Again

| December 8, 2010

Such bans have failed repeatedly in previous years. Sen. Evelyn Lynn, the Ormond Beach Republican, hopes Florida will be the 31st state this year to ban texting and other such uses of cell phones while driving.

Lowe’s Ups Drywall Settlement to $100,000 Per Victim, Closing Gap With Lawyer Payouts

| October 30, 2010

The home-improvement Lowe’s chain had previously offered no more than $4,500 in cash and gift cards to victims whose health or homes were hurt by defective drywalls bought from Lowe’s stores, and much more to lawyers. The new agreement evens out the potential payments.

Teen White Out: White T-Shirts to Blank Out Traffic Crashes

| October 18, 2010

The Department asks Floridians to show support by wearing a white shirt on Oct. 19 to help white out teen crashes, the leading cause of death for teenagers. This is National Teen Driver Safety Week.

Florida Leads States’ Failures in Reporting Problem Caregivers

| July 20, 2010

Florida leads the nation in ignoring federal database reporting of health professionals who have been disciplined on the job, undermining background and safety checks on frontline caregivers.

Two Children Die in Dental Chair. Why?

| May 5, 2010

Does parents’ desire to spare their children the anxiety of dental care lead them into taking unnecessary risks?

Disney’s Monorail System Goes Off Course

| December 24, 2009

An accident, a death, 300 stranded passengers: Disney’s monorail system is in disarray. 911 calls included.

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