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While drunk driving deaths fell in the state of Florida last year, highway safety advocates are continuing to push for government funding for more prevention efforts.

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In Hillsborough County, each of the 100 public elementary schools has crossing guards to help children get to and from school safely.

Its 42 middle schools, however, do not offer the same protections for their students.

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Floridians seem to have a love-hate relationship with roundabouts. But they may have to get used to them, because they are popping up all over the state and Dr. Pei-Sung Lin of USF's Center for Transporation Research, who specializes in Intelligent Transporation Systems, predicts we are likely to see more of them.

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Walking or bicycling the streets of Tampa Bay can be a very dangerous way to get around. Why is that and what can be done about it?

This week on Florida Matters, we talk about pedestrian and cyclist safety in our region and how to balance that with the needs of drivers.


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The Tampa Bay region consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous places in the nation for pedestrians and cyclists.

This week on Florida Matters, we're talking about how to improve safety on the roads while balancing that with the needs of drivers eager to get where they need to go as fast as possible.

Florida’s governor is lending some support to a bill that would make texting while driving a primary offense. 

More than 500,000 motorcycles and mopeds are registered in the state of Florida. They’re a common vehicle for college students. They’re relatively inexpensive and an easy way to get around town. But some are questioning if they are safe.

A state lawmaker wants more young motorcyclists to wear helmets. A state senator is working on removing the exemption for riders under 21.

Concerned about the 53 million cars on U.S. highways with unresolved recalls, the National Safety Council is launching a new website.

A bill to ban red-light cameras passed the Florida House Thursday.

A pair of bills to increase school bus safety passed their first House committee Tuesday. 

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Public school students went back to class today in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Manatee Counties. Next week, students in Pasco and Polk Counties start the 2016-17 school year. And for students in Sarasota County, the start date is August 22.

And all of these students are heading to school in cars, on bikes and on foot. For those getting to school on foot, they might not know that Florida is among the deadliest in the nation.

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Takata Corp. has agreed to declare 33.8 million air bags defective, a move that will double the number of cars and trucks included in what is now the largest auto recall in U.S. history.

The recalls of passenger-side air bags, previously limited to high-humidity states along the Gulf Coast such as Florida, are now expanded nationwide by 10.2 million vehicles. 

Frank Gilbert has been nudged a few times while riding a bike to work. Nudged is his term for cars bumping into him.

If you close your eyes and think of someone riding a bike to work, you might picture spandex and neon helmets. Maybe jean shorts and a handlebar mustache.

A new legislative proposal by Florida Sen.  Jeff Brandes would place greater restrictions on how cities use red-light cameras.

The St. Petersburg Republican, who has been an outspoken critic of the use of the cameras, says they are being used to fill city and county coffers, not improve public safety.

“We’re bringing in 100 million dollars a year,  and we can’t look our constituents in the eye and tell them we’re making them any safer, ”he said. “And I think that - that deeply troubles me. It deeply, deeply troubles me,” he said.

Using cameras to write tickets was greenlit years ago, but now a state lawmaker is calling for those green lights to turn yellow.  As Nick Evans reports, Senator Jeff Brandes is pushing for municipalities to report on existing red light cameras and try alternative measures before setting up more.

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.

Making Sense of the I-275 Crash Video

Feb 17, 2014
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It was a tragic, horrific car crash on I-275 in Tampa.  A driver was going south in the northbound lanes on an early Sunday morning.

He ran head-on into a car carrying four University of South Florida students.

The fiery crash killed all five.