WJHG Channel 7 out of Panama City reports that a tragic accident occurred last Wednesday morning between a motorcycle and minivan which left the motor cycle driver in serious condition. At approximately 6:40 a.m., 25 year-old man was riding on his Harley Davidson east down Back Beach Road when Florida Highway Patrol officials say a minivan pulled out directly into his path. The driver of the minivan was attempting to turn left onto Back Beach from Allison Avenue. The collision caused the man to be ejected from his motorcycle and sent the minivan spinning across the road. The driver of the motorcycle was sent to Bay Medical for serious injuries. The driver of the minivan was charged with making an improper left turn.
The Northwest Florida Daily News reported that last Thursday a 34-year-old temporary City of Milton employee was killed after being pinned between a garbage truck and another vehicle. At 7:10 a.m., the Milton man was collecting road debris on Magnolia Street and was in the process of putting the debris in the back of the garbage truck when another vehicle collided with the back of the garbage truck, pinning the 34 year-old male. The media release from the City of Milton said the male was pronounced dead at the scene. Moreover, the driver of the other vehicle, who is not being identified, was flown from the scene with critical injuries. A similar crash killed a 55-year-old sanitation worker in Destin in November 2000. A man was killed while emptying trash cans on Calhoun Avenue in Destin when he was pinned between the truck and a car that rear-ended the truck.
The Northwest Daily News reports that Uber is not making any friends in Okaloosa County. According to County Commissioners, airport staff have reached out to Uber to see if they are interested in becoming a part of the airport ground transportation, but all they have received is silence from Uber. Thus, Okaloosa County Commissioners declined to change the airport's ground transportation ordinance to allow Uber and similar companies special accommodations. The commissioners want a thorough conversation with Uber to fully understand the company's business model and how the county can "regulate it appropriately." In late May, commissioners were interested in incorporating Uber into the county ordinance. Currently, only registered taxicabs can operate and be available for hire transportation at the airport. In addition, authorized operators have to obtain a business tax receipt, holding at least $300,000 in bodily injury and property damage liability insurance and passing a background check and vehicle inspection. One of the commissioners, Carolyn Ketchel, had originally supported Uber drivers being available at the airport but now she has learned Uber drivers are not vetted or insured like taxi drivers. Commissioner Wayne Harris said unregulated Uber operators present "the potential for some type of crime or some type of problem" at the airport. Trey Goodwin was the only Commissioner who voted to change the ordinance, stating that the county could work directly with individual drivers, who are independent contractors, instead of waiting on Uber to respond. Goodwin argued the board to remember that Uber is merely a broker in the transaction. The board agreed to revisit the issue if Uber representatives agree to discuss the issue with county officials in the future.
We have heard it before - over and over - your vote counts! This upcoming presidential election, your vote will really count because the next President could change the makeup of the highest court in the country, the United States Supreme Court.
According to Pew Research, Millennials (ages 18 to 34 in 2015) are projected to number 75.3 million in 2015. That means they will surpass the Baby Boomers (74.9 million) as the nation's largest living generation this year. Research came out several years ago that millennials were not buying cars and they weren't getting their licenses. At the time, the United States was in a recession and the reason this generation wasn't driving was mostly because couldn't afford to. Now, millennials are finally in the market for a car, and they are the second biggest generation buying cars next to Baby Boomers. But they still don't want to drive because they're afraid of other drivers.
WEAR Channel 3 reports that failure rates for Florida's driver's license test are skyrocketing. In January, the state switched to a new 50-question written exam. So far, almost three out of every five people who took the exam through June didn't pass. That's far below the state's typical rate. State officials expected some applicants would have trouble adjusting to a new written test implemented in January but acknowledge it erupted into an unexpected problem when they discovered more than 80 percent of drivers in some counties were unable to pass.
A 22-year-old Niceville man was involved in a crash with an Escambia County Sheriff's Office vehicle last week. The man was southbound when he crossed the center line and struck the front of marked patrol car. At the time, the Deputy was conducting a vehicle escort on Scenic Highway. According to investigators, the driver of that vehicle said he intentionally collided head-on with the Deputy in an attempt to commit suicide. The Niceville man's vehicle overturned after the head-on collision and was not wearing a seatbelt which resulted in injuries. The Deputy sustained injuries as well, but he was wearing a seat belt.
Boating is one of summer's best things to do, especially in Northwest Florida. You can see the sandy white beaches, enjoy the beautiful water, and usually see a marine animal or two. And usually, those that take a boat out to enjoy, take their children along with them. There is no reason not to take the kids along. But make sure they're protected.
Various news agencies are reporting on a new NHTSA report that came out recently that said three quarters of the defective air bags they've tested have come from Florida. In fact, up to 70 and 80 percent of ruptured airbags are coming from Florida. The head of the agency said Florida's heat and humidity may be the reason millions of recalled Takata air bags in the state are more dangerous. The Takata company has recalled almost 34 million airbag inflators in the U.S. At least eight people have been killed and another hundred injured when the bags deployed with too much force in a crash. The air bags can blow apart a metal canister and spew shrapnel into drivers and passengers. One death was in Orlando.
I found this story the other day and thought it was spot on. I remember when I was learning how to drive, I took a course during high school that went an entire nine weeks learning how to drive. I am very glad that I took that course so that when I turned sixteen, I had a little bit of experience in driving, which is more than many actually have.