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Taking action after a Florida marijuana charge

Being found with the possession of marijuana for personal use is probably the least serious drug charge in Florida. However, all drug charges in the United States can have very severe consequences. Therefore, a marijuana possession charge should never be taken lightly.

There are many defenses to having marijuana on your possession in Florida, and there is one exception to the law. Since January 3rd 2017, it has been legal to have marijuana for personal use if you have a doctor's note that suggests you should use it medically. However, if you do not have a good defense, you run the risk of being charged with a felony.

Never eat these 7 distracting foods behind the wheel

You're coming home from work when a car pulls out of the local McDonald's and cuts you off. The driver accelerates wildly and swerves between the lanes.

You slam on the brakes, holding back a yell. For a moment, the car straightens out, but it begins to slow down. Over the next mile it goes slower and slower and then starts drifting off to the right. As it hits the shoulder and rocks and dirt begin flying everywhere, the drivers straightens out and speeds up.

How traumatic brain injuries can change your life after a crash

Many people who get hurt in serious motor vehicle collisions sustain serious injuries. Some, however, are more obvious than others. Broken limbs and spinal cord injuries are often obvious right at the scene of the collision. Other, similarly serious injuries may not seem like a big issue at first.

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are common in many kinds of crashes. All too often, people with TBIs are able to exit their vehicle and complete a police report without realizing how serious their injuries are. That can lead to delayed treatment, worsening symptoms and difficulty in getting the compensation you deserve following a crash.

How you can protect yourself from a drunk driver

Drunk driving isn't just a legal issue. It isn't about arrest totals, fines or jail time.

It's a life issue. Some reports show that a life is lost to a drunk driver every 48 minutes, on average. If you stay home and watch one episode of your favorite show on Netflix, someone likely died while you were watching. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also claim that about 33 percent of total car accidents stem from impaired drivers.

Distractions create hazards on Florida's roads: Pay attention

The winter is approaching most of the United States with cold weather, ice and snow. In Florida, you're fortunate enough to usually benefit from tepid temperatures and comfortable weather conditions. As a result of the humid, subtropical weather, many people travel from around the country to get a break from the bleak winter storms where they're from.

For Floridians, this influx in tourism is great for the economy, but it's not so good for the roads. People who are unfamiliar with the state's traffic laws and neighborhoods quickly make errors that lead to a growing number of collisions. Fortunately, there are a few things people can do to prevent these crashes.

Boredom can lead directly to car accidents

You know that distracted drivers are a risk. They're paying attention to too many things at once, rather than just watching the road. They're the opposite of bored; they're overly engaged.

This is absolutely a problem in Florida. Drivers who get distracted by cellphones, for instance, cause accidents continuously. However, there is a risk on the other side of the coin. People who are merely driving often grow bored, and studies have shown that this can lead to crashes.

Distracted driving: 3 forms to know before you drive

By now, most people know that driving while distracted is a danger to themselves and others. Despite that, people still send texts, read emails and perform other digital activities while they're driving. Statistics show that when you travel at 55 mph and send or text someone, you'll take your eyes off the road for around five seconds. In those five seconds, you'll travel far enough to cover the length of a football field.

Taking your eyes off the road for any length of time is a danger to yourself, your passengers and others on or around the roads. Five seconds is long enough for a driver to pull out in front of you, to slam on his or her brakes, or to make a mistake that you don't have time to avoid.

Critical symptoms of a brain injury parents must know

You're involved in a car accident after picking your kids up from school. Another driver runs a red light. You're watching the road and you hit the brakes, but there's nothing you can do.

The aftermath of the accident is chaotic. You're injured, and you have to watch as emergency response crews help pull your kids from the car. It's a terrible moment, but it gets better. Everyone gets rushed to the hospital, and physical injuries appear limited. It looks like everyone is going to be all right.

Texting behind the wheel: A violation of the law

Texting is a hazard behind the wheel, but despite that, many people do it, anyway. Why? They feel they need to respond to the messages, emails and calls they receive immediately.

The world is fast-paced, and that does make people more impatient. It prepares people to take risks just to make sure they get things done quickly. Unfortunately, that kind of attitude has the potential to lead to a serious crash.

The Fourth of July: A dangerous holiday for Floridians

The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate the country's freedom, but it's also a time that can be extremely dangerous for people near Fort Walton Beach. The Fourth of July has several serious hazards that can result in car crashes, injuries and deaths.

For example, drinking is common on the Fourth of July, just as fireworks and spending the day in the sun are. Each of these actions has their own risks, though.

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