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HERNANDO COUNTY, FL – State troopers say a pedestrian was killed in an accident in Hernando County last week, the Suncoast News reports.

The victim was a 32-year-old man from Brooksville, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.  Investigators said the man was walking north in the southbound lane of U.S. 41 near County Road 445 when the incident occurred last Friday.

The driver of a pickup truck was going south on U.S. 41 and while trying to negotiate a curve in the roadway, she struck the pedestrian.


Unreasonable speeding in school zones has always been a problem, but now a new state legislation permits local governments in Florida to set up cameras to catch violators.

One study revealed that more than 98% of automobiles passing a high school were going 10 mph faster than the posted speed limit, endangering nearby students and pedestrians.

The law states that if a driver is caught going 11 miles per hour over the school zone speed restriction, the registered owner of the car will be fined $100.

Untitled-design-59-200x300The cameras are activated 30 minutes before the start of school and 30 minutes after the last bell.

According to the law, there must be signs notifying motorists that cameras are in use, and there is a 30-day public awareness period during which motorists will get warnings prior to the imposition of fines.

Every morning throughout the school year, children across the U.S. wake up start their trek to school via automobile, bike, school bus, or on foot. To keep children as safe as possible, strict speed limits are posted and enforced near every school at time periods when children are coming and going.

When cars are moving slower, they have more time to react if a child suddenly steps or falls into the road. However, motorists who are not paying attention are a threat to everyone in their vicinity regardless of the posted speed limit. Even at 20 miles per hour, it takes a motorist about 23 feet to stop completely.

Here are a few tips to follow when driving near a school:

  • Always keep your eyes on the road to ensure the safety of children, other pedestrians, and motorists.
  • Keep your phone on vibrate or quiet to reduce distractions.
  • Use a hands-free device if you must take a call.
  • Never text and drive.
  • Keep your eyes on the road so you can stop or prevent a pedestrian collision involving a child who crosses without signaling since young children might behave erratically.

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OCALA, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol was on the scene of a fatal pedestrian accident in Marion County on Monday morning, according to WESH.

The victim was a 63-year-old Opa Locka man who was hit by a truck on Interstate 75 just before 6 a.m.  The FHP said he was walking from east to west from the paved shoulder and entered the right lane of I-75 near the exit for SR-326.

The driver of a southbound tractor-trailer swerved but was unable to avoid hitting the pedestrian with the front fender.  The driver lost control, went off the highway and onto the grass median, where the truck overturned and the tractor section hit a guardrail.  A second tractor-trailer then collided with the first vehicle.


GAINESVILLE, FL – Gainesville police and rescue crews were called to the scene of a fatal pedestrian accident on Friday morning.

According to WCJB, the incident happened at Northwest 23rd Avenue and Northwest 6th Street at about 10 a.m.  A woman was struck by a sport utility vehicle at that location, authorities said.

The victim, identified as Lorin Cava, was pronounced dead after being rushed to UF Health Shands Hospital.


GAINESVILLE, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol said a pedestrian died after being hit by a truck on Interstate 75 Saturday morning, according to the Main Street Daily News.

An investigation indicated that the 18-year-old victim was walking on I-75 during the night and was then hit by a southbound tractor-trailer near mile marker 380 shortly before 8:30 a.m.  The truck driver, a 58-year-old man from Cocoa, notified state troopers that he had struck something in the southbound lanes near a rest stop but was unsure what he had hit.

The pedestrian, a Gainesville resident, was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders.


MOUNT DORA, FL – Police in Lake County said a pedestrian died following a crash last week, according to Inside Lake.

The victim was believed to have been walking in the roadway on County Road 19A near Progress Boulevard in Mount Dora Tuesday at about 1 a.m. when he was hit by a motorcycle.

The pedestrian, identified as 42-year-old Jason Bowlin, suffered fatal injuries.  The motorcyclist, 38-year-old Brandon Crunk, was hospitalized in critical condition.


PASCO COUNTY, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol released details of a deadly pedestrian accident that occurred on Monday night.

According to the Suncoast News, the incident occurred at the intersection of Little Road and Schrader Boulevard.

The FHP said a pedestrian was walking west across the road at about 6:50 p.m. when he entered the path of an SUV going south on Little Road and was struck by the vehicle.


Senate Bill 766, a new law, allows school districts to install cameras on the outside of school buses to assist in reducing the number of people who pass buses with their stop arms raised.

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office issued 26 traffic penalties last school year for people illegally passing school buses with stop signs displayed.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office issued 126 citations.

Due to these infractions, SB766 became a hot topic in some districts that wanted to implement it and increase safety for children on and off school buses.

Before the law was proposed, Brevard County’s public school system tested safety cams.

Untitled-design-52-200x300Bus drivers in the county average between 100 and 200 miles a day, depending on whether they also drive for the after-school program, according to reports. In this specific school system, which has over 70,000 kids, 21,000 are transported by buses.

By installing cameras on 10 of their buses during the 2022-2023 academic year, BCPS evaluated the idea that exterior cameras would be helpful as part of a pilot program with a business named Bus Patrol.

There were 5,361 violations issued throughout the duration of the experimental program last year, or around 3.8 violations per day.

According to reports, the district is committed to installing cameras on each of its school buses as a result of the pilot program’s success. The time frame of the installation of these cameras is unknown currently.

Florida School Bus Laws for Drivers

In Florida, passing a stopped school bus with the STOP arms raised and the red lights flashing will result in four points on your license, a minimum fine of $165, and the necessity to complete a basic driver improvement course. Passing on the side where kids enter and exit can cost you at least $265 in fines.

Florida has severe penalties for drivers who pass school buses and injure or kill someone else. These include a $1,500 fine, six points on your license, a year-long license suspension, 120 hours of community service in a trauma hospital setting, attendance at a victim impact panel meeting, and/or a driver improvement course. Continue reading


As the 2023-24 school year begins, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) and AAA advise drivers to be cautious around schools and buses.

With the start of the new school year, approximately 2.8 million children in Florida are heading to their classrooms, and the combination of young, inexperienced drivers, walkers, and bicyclists who will all share the road in the early morning and afternoon hours is especially perilous, according to AAA.

In 2021, 64% of child pedestrians killed in automobile accidents happened during the week from 6 a.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Friday, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). 

According to AAA, nearly one in every four fatal collisions involving teen drivers in the United States occur between the hours of 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

According to the FLHSMV, about 3,000 crashes involving school buses occurred in 2022.

According to a recent AAA poll, 38% of drivers acknowledged to speeding and 31% admitting to using a hand-held cell phone in active school zones.

According to the FLHSMV, vehicles must pay special attention to lower speed limits, watch for, and follow school crossing guard signals, and only drive or park in permitted places to pick up or drop off children at school. Parents are also asked to discuss safety precautions with their children to ensure their children’s safety near school buses and school zones.

If you are caught by police passing a stopped school bus in Florida (this means the bus has its red lights flashing and STOP arms raised), you can receive a mandatory requirement to take a basic driver improvement course, four points on your license, and at least a fine of $165. Passing on the side where children enter and exit will result in a minimum fine of $265.

If a driver passes a school bus and causes serious bodily harm or death to another person in Florida, the penalties are steep, including 120 hours of community service in a trauma-type hospital setting, attendance at a driver improvement course or be present at a victim’s impact panel session, six points on your driver’s license, a one-year license suspension, and a $1,500 fine.

Untitled-design-51-200x300Our Florida Pedestrian Accident Lawyers Whittel & Melton want everyone to head back to school safely this year. Here are a few tips we have compiled that we hope serve as a reminder to you and your loved ones about the importance of pedestrian, bicyclist, and motorist safety.

  • If your child takes the bus to school, they should arrive early and stand away from the curb while waiting for the bus to come.
  • Students should only enter the bus once it has come to a complete stop and the driver or attendant has indicated that it is safe to do so. They should only board their bus, never another.
  • Cross at the intersection, respect traffic lights, and stay in the crosswalk.
  • Never dart into the street or attempt to cross between parked cars.
  • If children are driven to school in a car, seat belts are a must and children under the age of 13 should ride in the back seat. Younger kids should be placed in the proper fitting car seats and booster seats.
  • If a teen drives to school, stress the importance of always buckling up. Just like other drivers, there should be no texting or talking on the phone while driving as well as no eating or drinking when behind the wheel.
  • Some children ride their bicycles to school. They should always wear a helmet and ride on the right side of the road, in the same direction as traffic.
  • When heading to school, children should only cross the street at an intersection and take a route where crossing guards have been set up by the school.
  • Parents should take small children to school, as well as children who are traveling new routes or attending new schools, for at least the first week to ensure that they know how to get there safely. A buddy system with other classmates/parents is an excellent option.
  • Parents of younger children, especially those who are incoming Kindergarteners, should practice with their child so that they memorize their phone number, address, how to contact their parents at work, how to contact another trusted adult like a neighbor or other family friend nearby, and how to dial 911. Teach kids not to approach strangers or accept rides from people they do not know.

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PASCO COUNTY, FL – The Florida Highway Patrol was called to the scene of a fatal pedestrian accident in Pasco County Friday night.

A report by New Port Richey Patch said that the incident took place on U.S. Highway 19 near Emerald Boulevard.  State troopers said a 28-year-old man was trying to walk across the highway when he entered the path of a Ford Focus and was struck by the car.

The pedestrian, a Holiday resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the Focus, a 29-year-old man from Spring Hill, was not injured.

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