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In the car...

You might have heard it before…most traffic crashes occur close to home. This is true! Statistically, most crashes occur within 5 miles of your home. Seat belts are the best form of protection drivers and passengers have in the event of a crash. They can lower your risk of injury by 45%. You are 4 times more likely to be seriously injured or killed if ejected from the vehicle in a crash. Seat belts prevent ejection, increasing your chance of surviving a crash by nearly 50%. Everyone needs to be buckled up properly. That means older kids in seat belts, younger kids in booster seats and little kids in child safety seats.

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photo of Trooper Hall going after a traffic violator

On the School Bus...

The Florida statute regarding traffic stops for school buses is fairly clear as far as statute-speak goes. Here is what statute 316.172 says about stopping for a school bus: "Any person using, operating, or driving a vehicle on or over the roads or highways of this state shall, upon approaching any school bus which displays a stop signal, bring such vehicle to a full stop while the bus is stopped, and the vehicle shall not pass the school bus until the signal has been withdrawn."

The statute goes on to say that drivers on a divided highway with an unpaved space of at least five feet, a raised median, or a physical barrier are not required to stop when traveling in the opposite direction of a stopped school bus.

But again, alertness is important. More roads now have signs posted that stipulate that all traffic must stop in both directions for school bus loading and unloading, regardless of the presence of a median, so watch for those signs.

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photo of Trooper Carter with Joshua Ward and his new bike
Trooper Todd Carter and
crash victim Joshua Ward.

On a Bike...

Many children ride bikes to school. To reduce the risk of serious head injury or death, children should wear a helmet.

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photo of a pedestrian crossing at a crosswalk under the watchful eyes of a trooper


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that pedestrian fatalities while loading and unloading school buses account for approximately three times as many school bus-related fatalities when compared to school bus occupant fatalities. Young children are most likely to be struck because they are in a hurry to get on or off the bus and have little experience with traffic.

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Troopers gathering information about the accident.
Distracted Driving Video
(.avi file size 12M - Windows media,
Must use Internet Explorer)

Teen Drivers...

Distracted Driving Causes Three Car Crash: Nobody really died. It's only a video, after all. But the filming looked real and the message is a serious one--distracted driving kills!

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