Video aimed at distracted drivers goes viral
A viral video trending on social media has millions of people realizing the horrific consequences of distracted driving just as local law enforcement agencies work to reduce distracted driving on Northern Nevada roads. Most people have been guilty of glancing down at their phones to check a text message or change a song including the people who are in a video that has now been viewed on Facebook over 6.4 million times in just under a week. It tells the tragic story of a woman who experienced the unthinkable because of a distracted driver. "An 18 wheeler swerved and hit my family's car. The resulting collision killed both of my parents. I spent two months in the hospital fighting for my own life,” said Jacy Good. She was permanently injured in a crash because of a distracted driver in Pennsylvania in 2008. The video is part of a YouTube reality show series sponsored by AT&T and their "It Can Wait" campaign. It's primarily aimed at young drivers who according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report the highest level of phone involvement in-crash or near-crash incidences. The Washoe County Sheriff's Office recently focused on distracted driver violations over a three week period and issued just under 200 cell phone citations during that time. This being indicative that distracted driving is an issue in Northern Nevada. "It only takes a moment and I mean only a brief moment of distraction to lead to a tragedy," said Bob Harmon, Public Information Officer for the Washoe County Sheriff's Office. AAA recommends drivers put their cell phone inside a compartment and on silent mode to lessen temptation to reach for it.
Florida Highway Patrol trooper receives hug from young boy
This little man approached a Trooper this weekend to give him a hug and thank him for being his superhero. Trooper Burnette, who carries extra stuffed animals for children who are looking for comfort in times of need, was greatly moved by the gesture, and let him pick his favorite. Before parting ways, Trooper Burnette made sure his little buddy knew he will always be his hero. #Troopersareheroes #FHP
Florida Highway Patrol Troopers patrolling Labor Day weekend
"We kept a close eye on anything to do with driving under the influence," said Sargent Eddie Elmore. He says he and his colleagues usually spend Labor Day weekend patrolling the highways to keep drivers safe. "Hurricane Hermine was coming into our district so we kind of changed focus for a couple days preparing for the hurricane to come in," said Sgt. Elmore. Despite Hermine many drivers still made their way to and from the beach - some of them impaired. "We've had several cases of driving under the influence over the weekend," explained Sgt. Elmore. Florida Highway Patrol has yet to tabulate just how many drivers were charged over the weekend, but they say it’s an unfortunate trend they see every year on busy roadways. "State Road A, which is I10, U.S. 231 which are all big major thoroughfares," said Sgt. Elmore, "you're gonna have those increase in fatality rates because there's just more people on the roads coming through this county." Sgt. Elmore says deputies want people to have a good time on holiday weekends, but also want them to be responsible. "If you're gonna drink," said Sgt. Elmore, "please just make sure you have a designated driver so that you don't become one of those statistics that we see every year."
Pennsylvania State Police Help Heart Attack
Troopers at Diner Help Heart Attack Victim. On May 30, at approximately 4:49 a.m., personnel from PSP Lancaster were at Lyndon Diner in Manheim Township. While at the diner, the cook, Luis Flores, suffered a heart attack and collapsed on the floor. The troopers rushed to provide first aid to Flores. Trooper First Class Fassnacht, Trooper Carpenter, Trooper Trunfio, and Trooper Schianvoni performed CPR until an AED from the patrol vehicle was brought to the scene. The AED was used and applied three separate shocks to Flores. Susquehanna Valley EMS Captain Marden arrived on scene and administered one additional shock. Mr. Flores was then transported to Lancaster General Hospital for treatment. Major Orlandi, Area IV Commander, Captain Tomlinson, Troop J Commander, the American Heart Association, and Susquehanna Valley EMS Captain Marden presented certificates of appreciation to all troopers involved on Aug. 30 at PSP Lancaster.
L-R: Captain Worth of Susquehanna Valley EMS , Trooper Carpenter, Trooper Trunfio, Luis Flores, Trooper Schiavoni, Trooper First Class Fassnacht and Captain Marden of Susquehanna Valley EMS.