Buckle Up!

June 10, 2009

Traffic fatalities continue to increase in our local area. On Tuesday night, a single car crash resulted in the death of one person and serious injury to his three passengers. The crash happened on Beal Parkway in Ft. Walton Beach. The vehicle was torn in two pieces from the crash. The driver was 20 and the passengers were 24, 19, and 18. NONE were wearing a seatbelt. Please buckle up every time even in the backseat, know who you are riding with, and ensure they are a safe driver.

Bonnie Rushton, Driving Schools Program Director

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Give Driving 100% of You Attention

June 5, 2009

Since Thursday afternoon, four vehicle crash incidents have occurred in our area resulting in the death of three people and severe injury to others. This morning, rescue crews responded to a one vehicle crash on Interstate 10 that had a vehicle on fire and a fatality from the person being ejected from the vehicle. In Freeport on Thursday afternoon, a family of 4 was traveling in their car on Highway 331 when another car turned into their path. It hit their car and veered their vehicle into the path of a dump truck, resulting in the mother’s death who was a passenger. The father and children were taken to the hospital. Also on Thursday afternoon on the Escambia Bay Bridge, a crash involving an 18-wheeler that caught on fire resulted in one person taken to a hospital. Lastly, and most tragic of all because it was 100% preventable included a driver looking at the 18-wheeler crash instead of focusing on his driving and failing to notice two vehicles stopped in front of his. He caused a chain reaction of three vehicles being involved in a crash. A passenger in the second vehicle died and the driver was taken to the hospital in serious condition. Neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing seatbelts. Please give driving your 100% attention and focus. It is a matter of life and death.

Bonnie Rushton, Driving Schools Program Director


Weekend Traffic Crashes

June 5, 2009

It was another active weekend for traffic crashes and injuries for our area. In Ft. Walton Beach, a driver drove through neighborhood yards and injured a juvenile with flying debris. In Walton County, a driver was charged with careless driving and leaving the scene of a crash with injuries. This driver hit two parked cars. One of the cars was occupied. In Destin, a young woman was hit by a car in front of Big Kahunas. Sadly, all three incidents resulted in injuries and only one vehicle was in motion at the time of the incidents. One driver in one vehicle can be a dangerous weapon.

Bonnie Rushton, Driving Schools Program Director