Motorists are urged to watch for students
MANATEE -- The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is promoting Child Safety Awareness Month with the theme "Every Child is a Human Caution Sign."
Lt. Col. Troy Thompson, deputy director of Florida Highway Patrol, said in 2014 there were 2,306 crashes involving child pedestrians and bicyclists, resulting in 48 fatalities. Safety tips for children include:
Ride bicycles in the same direction as traffic and obey all traffic signs, signals, and lane markings.
Pedestrians should use the sidewalk; if there is not one, walk on the side of the road facing traffic and use crosswalks.
Be visible. Wear bright and reflective colors on clothes, shoes, wristbands, and hats.
In 2014, there were more than 25,000 citations issued for child restraint and seatbelt violations for children 17 years and younger.
Safety tips for drivers include:
Florida law requires the use of seat belts by front seat occupants and all children under the age of 18.
Children ages 4 and 5 must ride in a child seat or booster seat.
Motorists are required to stop when approaching a school bus stopped with red lights flashing and STOP arms extended.
Eight candidates nominated to fill two judge slots
SARASOTA -- Eight candidates have been selected for consideration by the 12th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission to fill vacancies created by the departures of judges James Parker and Peter Dubensky. Candidates include Kevin Bruning, Hunter Carroll, Don Hall, Robert Hoffman, Renee Inman, Brian Iten, Arthur Jackman and Anthony Ryan.
The commission has until Sept. 8 to submit to Gov. Rick Scott the names for consideration.
-- Herald staff reports