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(Be aware of school bus stops and school crossings)

The lazy days of summer are coming to an end and school will soon be in session once again. Thus, those yellow buses will be appearing on our roadways and school crossings will become very active as well. Make sure to pay attention to the school zones and take heed of the posted lower speed limits as the fines are doubled for 
this moving violation and you will receive points against your license upon conviction of the offense. 

Under Florida Statute 316.172, it states that you must come to a full stop when approaching a school bus which displays a stop signal and you may not pass until the signal has been withdrawn. A person that violates this statute commits a moving violation and has to attend a mandatory hearing before the court. 

Vehicles traveling in both directions may not pass a stopped school bus when traveling on a two lane road or multi-lane road paved across with no divide in the roadway. Only on a divided highway where there is a 5-foot or greater unpaved area between the lanes, a raised median, or a physical barrier, may vehicles pass that are traveling in the opposite direction of the school bus.  

If convicted of passing a stopped school bus, you will pay a fine of $165.00 to $265.00 depending on whether you pass on the side of the bus where children enter, or exit, you will receive four points on your license, and be required to complete a driver improvement course. Also, on January 1, 2017, the Cameron Mayhew Act took effect in Florida, which increased the minimum penalty for drivers who illegally pass a stopped school bus resulting in the injury or death of another person. Penalties for this offense include a $1,500.00 fine, six points on your driver's license, 120 community service hours in a trauma center or hospital, participation in a victim's impact panel session or if one does not exist attendance at an approved driver improvement course, and suspension of your license for a minimum of 1 year.

Now that summer is coming to an end, let's be even more vigilant in our observations of the circumstances around us as we drive, slow down in school zones and school crossings and stop for school buses that are loading or unloading children. Let's be safe out there!


Community Charity Spotlight

The Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides free vision rehabilitation and adjustment to blindness services to people of all ages who have experienced vision impairment. An estimated 20,000 people have received some type of service since its incorporation.In 2013, the Lighthouse turned 30 years old. 

The mission of the Lighthouse is to provide people who are visually impaired and blind with the skills needed to achieve their maximum independence. Lighthouse works with people of all ages, from babies to seniors, who experience vision impairment, blindness and low vision, and live in Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.

There are many ways to get involved with Lighthouse, for more information,         visit


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Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers

A big hit when you're tired of the same old hamburgers

  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 ounces feta cheese 
  • 1 (10 ounce) box frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2 pounds ground turkey

Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil grate.
While the grill is preheating, mix together eggs, garlic, feta cheese, spinach, and turkey in a large bowl until well combined; form into 8 patties.
Cook on preheated grill until no longer pink in the center, 15 to 20 minutes. Add Tzatziki Sauce, red onion slices and pickles for an added treat!


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