The US Government agency recently issued a recall of airbags that now affects over 8 million cars in the United States. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has warned of faulty airbags manufactured by Takata. The airbags can injure or kill the driver or passenger when it deploys during an accident. On Sept 29, an Orlando woman may have been the victim of one of these recalled airbags.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers are on the lookout for a white Toyota Camry, which they say was involved in a hit-and-run incident early Thursday morning, October 23, 2014. Witnesses did not have a description of the driver of the vehicle, but said it was traveling at a high rate of speed. The incident happened in an Aldi parking lot on Colonial Drive, where the speed limit is five to ten miles per hour.
The 2014 Biketoberfest was held in Daytona Beach, Florida from October 16-19. Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts cruised the roads of eastern Florida, and enjoyed music, food and lots of entertainment. Estimates place the total number at 500,000, but more conservative estimates drop that number all the way to 250,000. Unfortunately, there were two accidents which resulted in the deaths of two festival-goers, and there was one possibly dangerous situation at a local bar.
On Wednesday, October 15th, Toyota Motor Company announced a recall of nearly 2 million vehicles. The company, based in Japan, said that it would recall 1.67 million vehicles world-wide. According to the company, some vehicles experience brake failure or poor brake performance. This is due to faults in the master cylinder of the braking system, and other related, unspecified defects.
Break out the leather and rev up your engines, it’s time again for Biketoberfest at the legendary Daytona Beach in Florida. This annual festival for 2014 runs from October 16-19, and is bigger and better each and every year. If you’ve visited before then be sure to visit again and see all the new vendors and musical acts, and if you’re a newcomer, then get ready for the ride of your life!
It’s been over one year since the "texting while driving" ban became law in the state of Florida. The law took effect on Oct. 1, 2013, and authorities say that it has helped reduce the instances of texting while driving, as well as accidents that were caused by distracted drivers typing away on their mobile devices.
Orlando police recently arrested a grandmother for allowing her 3-year-old grandson to steer her car in the parking lot of an apartment complex, where it collided with several other cars. Police say that incident occurred at The Serrano Apartments near Cypress Woods Drive. A witness told officers that he heard a crash in the parking lot and saw a gold, four-door Chrysler crash head-on into a parked car and then back into another vehicle. The witness told police that he could clearly see the child standing in the lap of the woman and steering her car.
Florida Highway Patrol troopers report that a 26-year-old Melbourne man was struck and killed recently near the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Osceola County. Troopers say that the victim had bent down to retrieve some keys when he was struck and killed by a black 2007 Mazda sport utility vehicle near the intersection of Old Vineland Road and North Poinciana Boulevard. The accident occurred around 2:20 a.m. when the victim and three friends were driving to a nearby hotel. Apparently, the victim was dangling his arm out the window of the car when he accidentally dropped his keys.
A surge in horrific wrong-way accidents on central Florida roadways has inspired some road agencies to install new signage and implement other remedies to prevent similar accidents. The Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise and the Central Florida Expressway Authority are installing larger "wrong way" signs and lowering them for greater visibility near some of the sites of recent wrong-way accidents. The agencies are also adding flashing lights to the signage in order to make them even more visible to motorists who may become confused and drive onto the wrong on-ramp.
Winter Park police report that a witness helped them track down and arrest a suspect who drove his car into three construction workers and drove away from the accident scene. Police investigators say that they strongly suspect that the suspect was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident and are waiting for toxicology reports before charging the suspect with felony DUI and other charges. Police report that the accident occurred around 11 p.m. on Fairbanks Avenue near Rollins College.