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Teen Safe Driving Leadership Program

Jun 4, 2014

The No. 1 killer of teens in Florida - and the country - is car crashes.

The irony -  fatal crashes are the most preventable.

That's the goal of a Leadership Training Academy Thursday at  All Children's Hospital Education and Conference Center in St. Petersburg.

Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition is conducting  this Leadership Academy -- not just to teach teens how to drive safely -- but to create teen safe driving campaigns for their communities.

Danielle Branciforte is the leader of the Coalition.

A new report by the Orlando-based AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that older Americans are driving more than seniors in previous generations.

Released last month the report — Understanding Older Drivers: An Examination of Medical Conditions, Medication Use and Travel Behaviors — says that 84 percent of Americans 65 and older were licensed to drive in 2010, compared to barely half in the early 1970s.

The study also finds that one in six drivers on American roadways is 65 and older.

A Florida Senate panel backed a bill Thursday that will raise the state’s maximum highway speed limit to 75 mph, according to The Tampa Tribune

Starting Oct. 1, it will be against the law to drive and text in the state of Florida, the Tampa Bay Times reports. But some lawmakers are worried drivers won’t realize the ban has kicked in, since Gov. Rick Scott vetoed $1 million in funding for a public safety campaign to promote the law. Florida law-enforcement officials say they’re not going to have a warning period to let drivers get used to the new law, as some states have; on the other hand, those worried about texting and driving say Florida’s law is a lot weaker than most states’ because it isn’t a pull-over offense; drivers can be cited for it only if they were pulled over for something else.

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Gas prices have been dropping all week just in time for the Memorial Day Holiday weekend. That means you can expect more drivers on the road.

The average price of gas is $3.41 Tampa-- slipping by more than 30 cents from the average price a month ago.

AAA says the lower gas prices could mean more drivers on the road.

AAA spokeswoman Jessica Brady says they're estimating 1.6 million Florida residents will hit the road this holiday weekend. And that doesn't include people coming into the sunshine state.