Largo police are looking for any information or any witnesses who may have seen a single car accident that occurred on southbound U.S. 19 on Monday night around 7:15 p.m., reports WTSP Television. The 22-year-old driver, a St. Petersburg woman, died when she lost control of her 1995 Isuzu Rodeo SUV near 150th Avenue and the vehicle hit a concrete barrier and then a light pole. The young woman was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene of the Florida car accident.
The light pole also struck two other vehicles when it fell in the northbound lanes and traffic had to be diverted in both directions for several hours. Largo Police are looking for any information from someone who may have seen the crash. Call (727) 587-6730 and ask for Sgt. George Edmiston. Read the rest »
The drug Gardasil has been controversial ever since its approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006 for the prevention of genital warts and cervical and vaginal cancer, but on Wednesday, December 33, an FDA press release announced the approval of the vaccine for the prevention of anal cancer due to the human papillomavirus (HPV) virus types 6, 11, 16, and 18 in people ages 9 through 26 years.
The HPV virus is associated with about 90 percent of anal cancers. It’s estimated about 5,300 people are diagnosed every year in the U.S., with the number of women diagnosed outnumbering men. Read the rest »
The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is investigating a single-vehicle car crash that killed a 74-year-old man on Interstate 10 in Baker County early morning on Wednesday, December 22 according to First Coast News. The man was driving westbound just outside of Glen St. Mary when he lost control of his SUV at about 5 a.m., crossed the median and hit several trees before the vehicle overturned. The man died at the scene of the Florida car accident. The FHP report it appears the man was returning from Christmas shopping because there were receipts from stores at the scene of the crash. Alcohol and speeding are not considered to have been factors in the car crash.
Our condolences go out to the friends and family of this man for this tragic accident. Read the rest »
A new federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report on deadly accidents last year that involved all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) was recently released. An ATV is an off-road motorized vehicle with three or four low pressure tires, a straddle seat, and handlebars. Recreational off-highway vehicles (ROVs) have a bench or bucket seat and were not included in the report.
By the end of December 2009, the CPSC had reports of 10,281 ATV-related deaths that occurred between 1982 and 2009. In 2009, there were 376 reported deaths, and in 2008 there were 616, a slight reduction from the peak year for fatalities in 2006, when there were 833 deaths. In Florida, the report says there were 361 deaths related to ATVs from 1982 to 2006. There were an additional 86 deaths from 2007 to 2009 totaling 447, making Florida the state sixth in line with the highest number of fatalities behind California, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Read the rest »
Are electronic medical records the answer to reducing medical errors and increasing patient safety? Almost two years ago, President Obama promised $19 billion to help the nation’s hospitals change over to a paperless system but it still hasn’t happened, and now there are some doubts whether or not electronic records are really an improvement over paper ones.
The Institute of Medicine created a 16-member panel, the Committee on Patient Safety and Health Information Technology, to conduct a yearlong study following 260 reports from hospitals of misinformation that led to 44 reported injuries and possibly 6 deaths. Since the information is voluntarily reported, no one knows the real magnitude of the problem. Read the rest »
Are prescription eyeglasses as important to use while driving as they are to read? Consumer Affairs reports on a recent survey by a manufacturer of optical lenses that discovered 20 percent of people who rely on prescription eyeglasses sometimes drive without their prescription eyewear. Instead, they may rely on sunglasses that are non-prescription to cut down on glare. Consumer Affairs reports that blinding glare comes from sun and snow and that only one-third of eyeglass wearers have prescription sunglasses with polarized lenses to fight the glare. Manufacturer Essilor reports that a driver who wears polarized lenses can improve their reaction time by one-third of a second, which at 50 miles per hour translates to 23 feet. Also, the company states that polarized lenses improve vision clarity by 75 percent.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has recently released statistics about motor vehicle accidents in 2009. The groups finds 33,808 people died in auto accidents in 2009, with 3,981 people age 70 and older counted among the fatalities. Read the rest »
In Florida’s upcoming legislative session, state lawmakers will try to prohibit the use of cell phones and texting while behind the wheel, reports The Miami Herald. A proposal has been filed in the state Senate filed by Sen. Evelyn Lynn (SB80) which prohibits e-mails, texting, and reading text messages along with other forms of electronic communication while driving. A violation of the law would result in a $100 fine. Presently, there is no House version of the bill. In 2010, the Florida Senate passed a ban on texting while driving but the House never addressed the proposal. The last stumbling block may be the new incoming governor, Rick Scott, who has in the past failed to commit to a full ban.
National Distracted Driving Accident Statistics
Using national traffic data, a study out of the University of North Texas this fall found texting while driving took more than 15,000 lives in a six-year period and was responsible for more than 15 percent of traffic fatalities. With more than 90 percent of Americans owning cell phones, estimates are about 80% of Americans admit they use their cell phone while driving. Read the rest »
Researchers at the Ecology Center in Michigan were curious – how many holiday lights contained dangerous levels of lead? So they tested 68 common types of holiday lights and discovered that 4 out of 5 strings of lights contained lead and 28 percent contained lead at hazardous levels that made them illegal to sell in Europe, reports an Ecology Center press release.
The Ecology Center released the findings on December 8. The environmental health organization is urging the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) along with light makers to phase out the light strings that contain lead immediately and is also asking Congress to pass the Toxic Chemical Safety Act (HR 5820) to protect consumers. Read the rest »
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports that an 85-year-old Flagler Beach man died after a two-vehicle crash on State Road 100 that occurred on Tuesday, December 7. The man was driving westbound on S.R. 100 in a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox and reportedly ran through a red light, and he struck an SUV that was turning left to enter northbound Interstate 95. The SUV ended up on its roof, leaving the driver and a 15-year-old passenger with minor injuries. The elderly man was taken by ambulance to Florida Hospital Flagler and later airlifted to Shands Hospital in Jacksonville. He died from his injuries on Friday, December 10.
Florida Red Light Running Prevention
So far, 26 lawsuits have been filed in the state challenging cameras that have been placed at major intersections to discourage drivers from running red lights. The cameras take a picture of the offender and send the vehicle’s owner a $158 ticket in the mail. Challengers to the cameras say there since law enforcement does not actually witness the traffic offense, therefore, there is no way to challenge the ticket in court. Others that are opposed to the cameras say that a driver who sees a yellow light up ahead may actually try to run the yellow/red light, which makes our roads less safe. Read the rest »
It’s something we write about all the time. Kids playing in a driveway or running up to a SUV to say goodbye to their parent, only to be run over by the driver who just couldn’t see the small person behind the large SUV. It has happened so often, with 292 fatalities and 18,000 injuries occurring every year from back-up crashes, that the government is requiring auto manufacturers to increase the visibility behind large vehicles.
A new proposal by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) that was issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would require the expansion of the field of view behind SUVs, minivans, and pickup trucks, by requiring a rear-mounted video camera with an in-vehicle display on all new vehicles by September 2014. The proposed rule was part of the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2007, named for a two-year-old who was killed by his father behind the wheel of an SUV in the family driveway. Read the rest »