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 If your request needs immediate attention, please contact us by telephone at 352-754-6830.

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Make sure you don't leave baby behind in a hot car!

Summer is here.  Please check the car every time you get out!   
The weather is extremely hot and the temperature in your car can reach higher levels very quickly. 
HELPFUL HINT:  Put something in the back seat, so you have to look in the back by
the car seat when you get out.  i.e. purse, shoe.


Child Seats:  This new law, which took effect January 1, 2015, will require children to be in a child seat through the age of three. After three, and until the child is five, the parents can choose to have their child in either a car or booster seat, but the child must be in one or the other. Granted, there are a few exceptions to this law. For example, if the child is being transported by someone who not a member of the immediate family, such as a day care provider, then they are not subject to the same standards.

While it has taken Florida a long time to get this law on its books, we were one of only two other states who did not require children 4-5 to be in car or booster seats. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the risk to children aged 4-8 can be reduced by as much as 45% when they use a booster seat. For children aged 1-4, car seats can reduce the risk of injury by as much as 54%. Therefore, everyone is hoping this new law provides some more safety for our children when they are on the road.

Leaving the Scene of an Accident:  Florida has an ever increasing problem with hit-and-run accidents. According to Florida Highway Patrol, an astonishing 70,000 hit and run accidents were committed in 2012.  Despite this alarming number, not much was done to curtail the accidents from a legislative position until the death of 36-year-old bicycilist. The man was riding his bicycle when a driver of a vehicle struck him down. The driver fled the scene, and although he did turn himself in, it was long after there would be any way to test him for driving under the influence. The driver was sentenced to less than one year in jail.

As the law stood, there was no mandatory-minimum for leaving the scene of an accident. Thus, in a perverse way, there was actually an incentive for drunk drivers to flee the scene of an accident, if they knew they would blow over the limit. As long as the driver who fled could escape custody in time to sober up, his chances of facing DUI manslaughter were greatly reduced. Thus, you ended up with sentences like the above driver received.

The new law greatly reduces that incentive through the following penalties. First, anyone who leaves the scene of an accident will now face a minimum-mandatory four year prison sentence. Second, the maximum sentence someone can serve for leaving the scene of an accident with serious injury will now increase from five to fifteen years. Third, the personís drivers license will now be revoked for three years. Last, in the case of a fatal DUI hit and run, the minimum-mandatory sentence has increased from two years to four years in prison. This law went into effect on July 1, 2014, and Florida lawmakers are hoping it serves as a strong deterrent to leaving the scene of an accident.

Sending or receiving a text takes a driver's eyes from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, the equivalent-at 55 mph-of driving the length of an entire football field, blind.

For more facts about distracted driving, visit http://www.distraction.gov

"5 to Drive"

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds in the U.S. In fact, almost half of the teen drivers involved in a crash die. Yet, a recent survey show that only 25% of parents have had a serious talk with their kids about the key components of driving. You are the parent, they are your children, and they still have a lot of learn. You can teach them and you may just help save their lives.

Even if you think they don't hear you, they do. Remember, the "5 to Drive"
 Set the Rules Before They Hit the Road.

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