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Florida Leads the Nation in Childhood Drownings

Drowning the #2 cause of death in young children 1-14. In fact During a 10 year period from 2008-2018 Florida led the country in drowning deaths of children ages 1-4. According to the most recent data from the Florida Department of Health current national injury data. Swimming lessons is one of the biggest steps you can take to prevent your child from drowning. Make sure your children know how to swim at an early age. Last year Olympic skier Bode Miller's 19-month-old daughter drowned during a neighbor's pool party. Adults busy talking didn't notice the baby had slipped into the pool. A Palm Coast 6-year-old had a similar situation with a happier ending. While adults were busy talking a friend of his mother's noticed the child was in trouble and jumped in to save him. The child has since learned to swim. The second step in preventing children from drowning is supervision. A designated responsible adult should be watching children swimming at all times even if the children know how to swim. The third step is know CPR in the event of an emergency make sure you know. The fourth make sure a flotation device is always nearby to help in case a rescue situation occurs. We all want to keep our children safe and secure around the water. Equip your pool with designated "Pool Watcher" tags. Make sure at least one adult wears a designated "Pool Watcher" tag anytime you have a gathering of children in your pool. Drownings occur when adults are gathered around the pool and everyone thinks someone else is watching the children. watching kids in pool-113611.shtml

Infant Dies in Daycare Hot Car Incident

The tragic death of an infant could have been prevented at a Daycare Center in Jacksonville. The four- month-old infant died after being left in the daycare van for around 5 hours in the scorching heat on Wednesday. The van driver Daryl Ewing has been arrested for child neglect. Ewing's Love and Hope Preschool on Lenox Avenue owned by Daryl and his wife had fourteen children in their care. So many serious issues in this Daycare put all of the children in this center at risk. Negligence on the part of the daycare owner and the Florida Department of Children and Family Services contributed to this child's death. Both Daryl and his wife have arrest records which indicate the children were not in the hands of responsible caring adults. If the daycare regulations for transporting children had been followed this infant would not have been forgotten. Florida Daycare regulations require a transportation log. ALL of the children's names must be recorded in the log along with the date and time they entered the van. They also require that the driver and another daycare staff member check the transportation log and check the vehicle after it arrives walking from front to back making sure that children are not left behind. Yesterday this infant was left alone in buckled in her car seat in the third row. Investigators found the baby girls name was not on the drivers log only her siblings who made it into the daycare were listed. Both Daryl and his wife have arrest records which indicate the children were not in the hands of responsible caring adults. The daycare facility still held a valid daycare license. But the facility had not been approved to transport children. The state has suspended the daycare license sadly, too late for this little one. Every year we see serious injuries from daycare facilities that are not properly supervising the children they are paid to watch. Untrained staff, too many children for the number of care givers, unsafe playgrounds and children forgotten in daycare vans are just a few of the many issues that place your child at risk for serious injuries or even death. We have additional information on daycare regulations and tips on how to choose a childcare facility. Daycares are licensed and inspected by the state but as we can see from this tragic story a license does not guarantee the facility is safe. Don't be afraid to ask questions, interview the director and all of the staff working with your child. Make sure that every worker has been through a background check. Look carefully at the playground. Visit unannounced. If a facility will not let you visit unannounced this should be a red flag. Do the math, are they observing the proper staff to child ratio determined by age. Don't accept excuses. Download the Childcare Facility Handbook published by the Florida Department of Children and Families. Learn More https://www.myflfamilies.com/publicnotices/20180727a/Facility%20Handbook_rule%20development%202018.pdf

Speeding Auto Crash Kills Teen Girl and Seriously Injures Teen Boy

Brunswick, Georgia- A bad decision by a seventeen-year- old teen driver ended with one fatality, one seriously injured and now the seventeen-year-old is behind bars. This speeding Auto Crash has ended with tragic results. The young lady who died when his auto crashed was only fourteen. Glynn County Police clocked the teen on radar in his Ford Mustang traveling at 104 mph apparently, racing with a Dodge Charger on U.S. Highway 82. The Charger stopped when the police pursued the vehicles the Mustang attempted to elude police and continued making a sharp turn into a subdivision on Ratcliff Road. The patrol car was stopped waiting for back-up when the teen driver of the Mustang approached him on foot, scared he told the officer he had crashed his car on Ratcliffe Road and Williamson Avenue. The 14-year-old young lady Kylie Burgess died at the scene. Seventeen-year-old Armen Jordon had to be cut from the vehicle. He was transported to UF Health in Jacksonville, Florida. Armen Jordon from Ware County was a passenger in the vehicle. The crash occurred at 2:30 a.m. on Sunday. The seventeen-year-old driver was taken to the hospital in Brunswick for evaluation. He has been arrested and charged with first degree vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle, felony fleeing and eluding police, speeding and racing. This tragedy has affected so many families and friends the fourteen-year-old who will never experience the high school prom, college, marriage or children of her own. The greatest tragedy in all of this is the loss of this young fourteen- year-old. The teen who was injured will face a long road to recover physically and emotionally. The seventeen-year-old driver faces an uncertain future and will forever live with knowing his bad decision cost a young teen her life. The families will also suffer through this tragedy. Share this story and the facts below with your teens. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration speeding was a factor in 26% of all traffic fatalities in 2017. Tragically the bad decision to speed killed 9,717 in one year. In 2017 31% of male drivers ages 15-20 involved in fatal crashes were speeding at the time of the crashes. During the same time frame 18% of the female drivers involved in fatal crashes were speeding. The number of speed related fatalities has decreased from 31% in 2008 to 26% in 2017. We must all work together to decrease the number of fatalities on our roads. Download the attached brochure. Read over the facts. Share it with your teens, the young adults in your life and anyone you know involved in risky driving. Learn More https://crashstats.nhtsa.dot.gov/Api/Public/ViewPublication/812687

Fatal Pedestrain Crash- Medical Condition May be the Cause

Downtown Jacksonville was the scene of a deadly crash involving a pedestrian. The driver that struck the pedestrian was unconscious at the time, possibly a health-related issue. A 55-year-old woman was struck when a vehicle drove through the intersection of Union and Laura Street and left the roadway. The crash occurred around 7:00 a.m. Monday morning. Witnesses reported the man was unconscious. The driver regained consciousness and was cooperating with the police. The woman was transported to UF Health with serious injuries. She died from injuries sustained in the crash. This tragic scene is a reminder that unchecked health issues may be deadly behind the wheel. Are you concerned about a family member or a friend who may be unsafe to drive because of a medical condition? The Florida Department Highway Safety and Motor vehicles estimate that 10% of traffic accidents are caused by medical conditions. Cardiovascular disease, epilepsy, diabetes, dementia and mental illness are just a few of the conditions which may increase the risk of a driver being involved in a serious traffic collision. Are you concerned about a family member or a friend who may be unsafe to drive because of a medical condition?

Fatal Pedestrian Crash- Medical Condition May be the Cause

Downtown Jacksonville was the scene of a deadly crash involving a pedestrian. The driver that struck the pedestrian was unconscious at the time, possibly a health-related issue. A 55-year-old woman was struck when a vehicle drove through the intersection of Union and Laura Street and left the roadway. The crash occurred around 7:00 a.m. Monday morning. Witnesses reported the man was unconscious. The driver regained consciousness shortly after the crash and was cooperating with the police. The pedestrain was transported to UF Health with serious injuries. She died from injuries sustained in the crash. The driver did not appear to be injured. This tragic scene is a reminder that unchecked health issues may be deadly behind the wheel. Are you concerned about a family member or a friend who may be unsafe to drive because of a medical condition? The Florida Department Highway Safety and Motor vehicles estimate that 10% of traffic accidents are caused by medical conditions. Cardiovascular disease, epilepsy, diabetes, dementia and mental illness are just a few of the conditions which may increase the risk of a driver being involved in a serious traffic collision. Are you concerned about a family member or a friend who may be unsafe to drive because of a medical condition?

Fatal Motorcycle Crash

A motorcycle accident has tragically ended the life of a 56-year-old man on Wednesday. The crash occurred as a high school student exited the parking lot at Matanzas High School located in the Palm Coast, Florida area. According to the Florida Highway patrol a 17-year-old high school student driving a Chevrolet Impala pulled out of the parking lot at the school. As he exited the parking lot the teen's car T-boned the motorcycle. The motorcyclist Mark Radcliff was critically injured. He was transported to the hospital where he died as a result of injruies sustained in the crash. The teen had minor injuries. The crash is being investigated. Charges are pending. Motorcyclist deaths occurred 28% times more frequently than fatalities in other vehicles based on NHTSA crash data. As we approach May the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's annual Motorcycle Awareness campaign begins. The campaign every year they focus on motorcycle safety as a concern for motorist and motorcyclist. Motorcycle crashes involving another vehicle are frequently the result of the driver not seeing the motorcycle. Blind spots, distracted driving and just glancing too quickly are several of the reasons why drivers miss seeing motorcycles. Many of these tragic accidents could have been prevented. Parent's please take time to use this tragic lesson with your teen drivers and take a moment to reflect on how you can be the best example for your teens. We have a few tips and facts to share with drivers about Motorcycle Awareness.

Fatal Crash in a No Passing Zone

A head-on crash in a no passing zone ended with one woman dead and two men critically injured in Putnam County, Florida. The crash occurred on Saturday just before 9:00 p.m. on State Road 20. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Sean Creamer was heading west on State Road 20 when he attempted to pass another car in a no passing zone, the front of his Honda Civic slammed into a Toyota Camry. Creamer's passenger 53-year-old Martha Scott died from injuries sustained in the crash. Creamer was critically injured. The driver of the Camry was seriously injured. Passing another vehicle in a No passing zone would be considered aggressive driving in most cases. This crash tragically impacted a passenger, her family and her friends and sent the driver of another vehicle to the hospital with serious injuries. The driver of the Civic that was attempting to pass another vehicle is also facing a long recovery. Multiple studies have shown that over half of all fatal crashes are caused by aggressive actions such as erratic lane changing, tailgating, speeding, or illegal passing. How can you avoid being the victim of a risky driver? We urge parents to pass along the tips to their teens it may save their lives. 

Increased Speed Increases Your Risk of a Fatal Accident

Increased speed increases your risk of a fatal accident. Speed is a leading factor in 26% of all fatal accidents. Jacksonville was the scene of a fatal accident this week. Speed was believed to be a factor in that crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration collects data on car accidents throughout the nation in an effort to prevent as many accidents as possible. Speed, alcohol and seatbelts are clearly three major factors in fatal auto crashes. All three factors are preventable. Young adults and teens account for a larger percentage of involvement in fatal car crashes. Parents begin early teaching your children about safe driving. First and foremost, set an example by driving safely in front of them. Second use age appropriate examples of the dangers of distracted driving, alcohol impaired driving and speeding. Third teach your child that seatbelts are never optional. A staggering 50% of fatal car crashes with a speeding driver shows seatbelts were not even being used. The number of fatalities among drivers under the age of 25 is substantially higher than among older drivers. Alcohol impaired drivers account for 32% of speeding drivers. Lets all work together to prevent car crashes. If you or your loved one has been the victim of an auto accident call us for a free case evaluation. If you or your loved one has been the victim of a serious car crash you should seek legal advice. We offer a free no obligation case evaluation. 

"Get Up To Speed" Help Reduce Motorcycle Accidents

"Get Up to Speed" on reducing the number of motorcycle accidents. Learn more on how to drive safely around motorcycles. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motorcyclists accounted for nearly 14 percent of all traffic fatalities in 2015, while motorcycles make up just 3 percent of all registered vehicles in the United States. Even the smallest momentary lapse in a motorist attention can result in the serious injury or even death of an unseen motorcyclist. That means sending a short text, opening a soft drink or glancing back to check on a child could result in a serious life changing accident. Consider the following points to reduce your risk of injuring a motorcyclist; 1. Your car has blind spots. Properly adjust your mirrors. 2. Compensate for your cars blind spots by looking twice. 3. Motorcyclist stop quickly. Keep a good distance between your vehicle and a motorcycle. 4. Because of a motorcycles size it is more difficult to see them and more difficult to judge their distance. 5. Weaving in the lane by a motorcyclist is sometimes a tactic used by motorcyclist to gain your attention and to make sure drivers notice the motorcycle next to them. 6. Don't Drive Distracted. Over half of all motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle. When the motorist is at fault the reason that the police often hear, "I just did not see the motorcycle." 7. Speed is often present in fatal accidents. Speed is often the reason the driver just didn't see the motorcyclist in front of them. Together we can reduce motorcycle fatalities. Share this with the young drivers in your life. Just this past weekend in our area serious motorcycle accidents occurred. Both Jacksonville and St Augustine roadways experienced collisions involving motorcycles and automobiles. Together we can reduce motorcycle fatalities. Share this with the young drivers in your life.

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