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10 scary car accident statistics you must know

Do you ever feel like the road is a dangerous place? It's not just in your head. The reality is that the road is one of the most dangerous places you can go, and driving is the most dangerous thing many people will ever do in their lives.

That trip to the grocery store could turn fatal. That drive to pick up the kids from school could land you in the hospital with serious injuries. That errand you have to run on your lunch break could leave you with a permanent disability.

Field sobriety tests aren't a perfect science

When a police officer thinks you were driving under the influence, the first move is often to have you do field sobriety tests. The most common ones are the walk and turn, the horizontal gaze nystagmus test and the one-leg stand.

However, studies have found that none of these tests boast a perfect record. They can get you arrested, but that does not mean you were intoxicated. In some cases, police admit that they arrest drivers who wind up getting acquitted in court.

What is a valid reason to stop your car?

Before pulling you over, police must have a solid reason that holds up in court. They cannot conduct random traffic stops.

Many people instinctively hit the brakes when they see a police car and worry about seeing the lights come on, as if the police are the final authority on Florida's highways. They do have authority, but that does not mean they can pull anyone over.

The various types of plane crashes

Plane crashes are in the news more often than we would like to hear about them. Whether they involve private planes, commercial airliners, passenger planes or sight-seeing planes, these accidents can be deadly. Even the most minor of plane accidents, before a plane takes off or just after it lands, can still be devastating depending on the injuries suffered. Today, we will take a look at the various types of plane accidents that can occur in Florida.

The most common type of plane accident is that of general aviation. This category includes private planes. These accidents are typically caused by pilot error, a faulty part, a poorly designed plane, faulty maintenance or bad weather conditions at the time of the flight.

Getting caught driving without a license in Florida

It is never legal in the United States to drive any vehicle without a valid driver's license. In the same way, there are different types of licenses for vehicles, therefore you cannot drive certain trucks and motorcycles unless you have a license to be able to do so. Being caught driving in the state of Florida without the correct type of license, or without a valid license, can be serious. It is important that you take action fast when you have been convicted of this.

There is a big difference between driving a vehicle without a license, and driving a vehicle without being able to prove that you have a license. For example, if you are pulled over by law enforcement when you are driving, and you do not have your driver's license with you, this is not a crime. You must be able to show that you do have a valid license at home, however, in order to show that you are following the law.

Sex offenders can now be tracked easier in Florida

It has now become much easier to track sex offenders in the state of Florida. The state has decided to upgrade the website where the public can research the location of registered sex offenders and sex predators all across the state. The links to the revamped website were released by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement earlier in the month of April for the public to begin using.

When the state released the links to the redesigned website, it also provided an update to the public that the website is now accessible on mobile devices. This includes smartphones and tablets.

Can common products trigger a false positive on a breath test?

The police pull you over on your way home. You get it. You did not come to a complete stop at the last stop sign. You looked around and you didn't see any other cars, so you just rolled through.

You know that the lack of other traffic made an accident impossible. You also know that, technically speaking, you still needed to stop.

How to spot motorcycles this spring in Florida

The spring season is finally upon us and the weather is ripe for motorcycles. You are likely seeing more and more motorcycles on the roads of South Daytona as the days get closer to summer. As more motorcycles are on the road, the likelihood of an accident increases. Don't find yourself involved in a motorcycle accident, or the cause of one as a motor vehicle operator. Here's how to spot motorcycles on Florida roads.

Check your mirrors often when driving on the roads of South Daytona. This is a town known for motorcycles, so you will inevitably have to drive your car near one. Check your rearview and side-view mirrors as much as possible. You also need to keep an eye on your blind spots as motorcycles can hide there easily.

Can you really fight drunk driving charges?

DUI charges are so common these days, especially in tourist destinations, that it may often seem as though they are not truly a serious charge. However, these charges carry very serious weight, especially once a driver has a DUI conviction on his or her record. if you face DUI charges of any kind, you must do everything you can to fight them, for the sake of your future rights and privileges. The thing is, it's not always easy to know how to build your defense.

Defenses to drunk driving vary depending on the nature of the offense. Unless a defendant chooses to use an affirmative defense like, "I was fleeing a dangerous situation," most defenses fall into two categories: either faulty action by the officer conducting the stop or faulty collection or interpretation of evidence.

Changes in how Florida deals with mental illness

In the last thirty years, the responsibility for managing situations that result from people with mental illnesses has fallen to the police. Mostly, this situation leads to the mentally ill being sent to jail rather than receiving treatment. However, that trend might be changing with the help of some new programs.

In February, at the Mental Health Court Seminar, the state of the current system of jail over treatment and Florida's response to it was a central topic. The highlight of the show was one judge working to build a facility that will help mentally ill patients move forward to a better life. It is being touted as an alternative to incarceration for such cases.

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