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Back to School Safety: Watch for Child Pedestrians!

As another languid summer in Tampa Bay draws to a close and children prepare to return to school next week, drivers should prepare to be particularly careful on the roads during the early morning and afternoon commutes. In recent years, there have been far too many incidents of motorists striking children walking along high-traffic roads in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, among others, on their way to school or the bus stop.

Recent Tragedy Raises New Concerns about Inflatable Sphere Safety

n March 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning to consumers about inflatable spheres, stating that they create the risk of suffocation and drowning. One major concern with the product's design is that users have no way to escape in the event of an emergency; the spheres are air-tight and may only be opened from the outside. For this reason, the CPSC warned that the product "significantly heightens the risk of injury or death when a person inside the ball experiences distress."

Scott's Shifty Stance on ALFs: In Like a Lion; Out Like a Lamb

Last year, Florida governor Rick Scott announced with great bravado his plans to implement strict measures to prevent the rampant neglect and abuse of disabled and elderly residents at assisted living facilities (ALFs). A year and a half later, Scott has receded dramatically from his previously valiant stance on ALF reform.

Lawsuit Filed Over New PIP Law; Auto Insurance Rates Not Decreasing

A group of chiropractors, massage therapists, and acupuncturists have filed the first of numerous anticipated lawsuits over Florida's recently overhauled personal injury protection (PIP) law. Nearly eight months after the PIP law passed, auto insurers have not yet reduced any premiums. In fact, State Farm recently proposed increasing the PIP portion of its insurance by 22 percent, but it is willing to settle for a mere 7.9 percent increase.

Energy Drink Deaths Reveal Lack of FDA Regulation

The FDA is continuing to investigate the deaths of five individuals as well as a non-fatal heart attack potentially related to energy drinks such as Monster, Red Bull, and 5-Hour Energy. It is unfortunate that, yet again, multiple tragedies must occur before any measures are taken to warn and protect consumers from unscrupulous product manufacturers.