Thursday, May 2, 2013
Florida Highway Patrol investigators say Axios A. Kazouris, 30, crashed into three other vehicles after attempted to make a u-turn by driving over the grassy median just north of Nebraska Avenue Wednesday afternoon.
A four-vehicle crash sent one man to the hospital and closed a stretch of northbound U.S. 19 in Palm Harbor for two hours Wednesday afternoon. Axios A. Kazouris, 30, of Tarpon Springs was driving a 1995 Honda sedan southbound in the inside left turn lane of U.S. 19 when he attempted to make a u-turn by driving over the grassy median just north of Nebraska Avenue around 1:05 p.m., according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Kazouris' Honda drove into the path of a 2006 Nissan Frontier pickup truck driven by Jessica Adams, 26, of Clearwater. The front of Adam's pickup hit the rear side of Kazouris' Honda. The impact of the crash caused the Honda to hit a 2000 Stem truck driven by Pene T. Eva, 51, of Hudson and a 2003 Dodge Ram 2500 driven by …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Florida Highway Patrol said the new law, which requires international drivers to obtain a $25 permit to drive in Florida, could violate the Geneva Convention.
Some local law enforcement agencies, including the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, have announced they are not going to enforce a new state law requiring international drivers to obtain a $25 driving permit to drive in Florida. The new law was suppose to go into effect on Jan. 1, but authorities fear the new law violates the Geneva Convention on road traffic. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles issued a statement Feb. 14 afternoon: "During the 2012 legislative session, the Florida Legislature amended section 322.04, Florida Statutes, to require visitors from outside the United States to have an International Driving Permit in order to drive lawfully…
Monday, January 28, 2013
The 32-year-old Clearwater woman was charged in connection with an October crash near the Bayside Bridge in which a passenger was partially ejected from her car and died, investigators said.
A Clearwater woman has been charged with DUI manslaughter in connection with an October accident in which a passenger in her car was killed, authorities said Monday. Veronica Herrera, 32, had just exited the Bayside Bridge shortly after 3 a.m. last Oct. 27 when the accident occurred, Florida Highway Patrol investigators said. She was headed south on County Road 611 just north of Roosevelt Boulevard when she failed to handle a curve and left the roadway, traveling into the median. Herrera's 2006 Nissan Altima struck some landscaping before entering the roadway's northbound lanes. Passenger Noi Pinheiro, 45, of Bartow, who was sitting in the right front seat but not wearing a seatbelt, was partially ejected from the car. Pinheiro was taken …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Pinellas County saw an decrease in collisions in 2011, and so did the rest of Florida, according to a new state report. We want to hear from you, Clearwater, on what roads worry you the most.
The number of traffic crashes in Pinellas County dropped by 19 percent last year, from 13,450 in 2010 to 10,882 in 2011. A total of three teen drivers or their passengers, ages 15 to 19, were killed in motor vehicle accidents in Pinellas in 2011. Ten bicyclists were killed while trying to navigate Pinellas roadways. These are just a few of the numbers released in the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles' "2011 Florida Crash Statistics Report." The report was just released this week by the state and includes a variety of information related to roadway safety throughout Florida and in Pinellas County. While Pinellas saw a big drop in its crash numbers, the state also witnessed a decline in fatalities, the report says. In …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Do you plan on attending a Halloween party this weekend? A warning: the Florida Highway Patrol has launched an aggressive crackdown on impaired drivers that runs through Nov. 4.
If you think a Halloween costume will disguise your drunk driving, the Florida Highway Patrol has a message for you: “Keep the party off the road.” The Patrol joins thousands of other law enforcement and highway safety agencies across the nation this week to launch an aggressive crackdown on impaired drivers through Nov. 4. “The Patrol continues to make driving under the influence (DUI) enforcement a priority,” said Col. David Brierton, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “In an effort to get impaired drivers off the road, troopers will be vigilant throughout the state with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crack down.” To keep safe this Halloween, FHP recommends these tips: Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over is a deterrence …
Monday, October 15, 2012
Brower B. Yeger Jr., of Clearwater, is suspected to have suffered a medical emergency that caused him to lose control of his car and cross into oncoming traffic on Whitney Road on Monday morning, authorities said.
An 81-year-old Clearwater man died after his car crossed a lane divider on Whitney Road in Largo and was hit head-on by another driver Monday morning, investigators said. Brower B. Yeger, Jr. was headed westbound on Whitney, just east of 62nd Street, around 7:30 a.m. when his 2001 Nissan crossed into the opposite lane, the Florida Highway Patrol reports. He was hit by a Dodge van, whose driver hit the breaks but still crashed head-on into Yeger's car. Yeger was taken to Largo Medical Center and later died, investigators said. He is suspected to have suffered a medical emergency that caused him to lose control of his car, according to the accident report. The driver of the van, 55-year-old Patricia Smith Derringer, of Clearwater, suffered …
Troopers with the Florida Highway Patrol will be out in full force, performing commercial vehicle driver safety inspections and targeting unsafe driving habits on the roadways during Operation Safe Driver week.
The Florida Highway Patrol will participate in Operation Safe Driver on Florida highways Oct. 14 - 20. Operation Safe Driver is a national awareness and enforcement campaign that targets improving both commercial and non-commercial driver behavior through education, awareness and aggressive enforcement strategies. Commercial Vehicle Enforcement troopers will be out in full force, performing commercial vehicle driver safety inspections and targeting unsafe driving habits on the roadways. “The campaign aims to educate all motorists on the risks involved with aggressive and distracted driving around large trucks,” said Col. David Brierton, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “Although troopers perform this work daily, we are emphasizing …
Monday, August 27, 2012
The Florida Highway Patrol urged motorists to use caution Monday morning as Tropical Storm Isaac brought rain and wind to the Clearwater area.
Monday, August 27, 2012
The Florida Highway Patrol reported standing water Monday morning in at least one lane of the Courtney Campbell Causeway, on the Clearwater side of the bridge. The obstruction was reported in the westbound left lane sometime before 6 a.m., as the FHP warned motorists to use caution. Rain and winds from Tropical Storm Isaac were pelting Pinellas County and the Tampa Bay area. There was a threat of isolated tornadoes and a possible storm surge of 1 to 3 feet above normal in the coastal areas at high tide, National Weather Service forecasters said Monday morning.
Monday, July 2, 2012
The Clearwater man may have suffered a medical injury that caused him to go off the roadway at Belleair Road and Beverly Drive and onto someone's property Monday.
Update, 4:20 p.m.: The victim in Monday's fatal accident has been identified as John R. Cheesman, 83, of Clearwater, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Next of kin has been notified. Earlier: An 83-year-old Clearwater man was killed after his car went off the road and collided with a tree at a home at Belleair Road and Beverly Drive on Monday morning, the Florida Highway Patrol reports. The driver may have suffered a medical injury resulting in a loss of control of the vehicle, an FHP spokesperson said in a media release. The man was headed eastbound on Belleair approaching Beverly just before noon when his 2002 Chrysler crossed the westbound lanes and went off to the left side of the roadway, according to an accident report. The car…
Monday, June 18, 2012
The Florida Highway Patrol shared photos and footage from a training rescue exercise at Honeymoon Island State Park early Monday.
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Monday, June 18, 2012
Emergency responders from eight agencies staged a water rescue early Monday morning at Honeymoon Island State Park. The public safety showcase was meant to display how multiple agencies communicate and share resources when performing water rescues, according to a Florida Highway Patrol news release. The U.S. Coast Guard demonstrated a mock rescue using a Jayhawk helicopter and the Honeymoon Island Beach Patrol performed a first responder training exercise. The Florida Highway Patrol shared photos and footage from the morning exercise. Participating agencies included: