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October 2011 Archives

Zellwood Elementary School Bus Rear-ended by Lynx Bus

Just after 8:00 am this morning, October 27, 2011, a school bus carrying approximately 25 students to Zellwood Elementary was unexpectedly rear-ended by a Lynx bus. The accident happened on Orange Blossom Trail near Plymouth Sorrento Road. Seven individuals were reported injured, four or five of them students. The injuries were minor, but several students were sent to the hospital. It is also reported that two adult passengers on the Lynx bus were injured as well as the driver. A source from the Orange County Fire Department reports that a total of six individuals were sent to hospitals with two going to Orlando Regional Medical Center and four to Florida Hospital - Apopka.

Time to Have Fun, Wear Costumes and Party - but Don't Drink and Drive!

adults wearing costumes at a partyHalloween is just around the corner and there is no shortage of fun to be had. Whether you plan to enjoy night life in Orlando, head to Winter Park for their annual Halloween festivities, lose yourself in corn mazes in the Longwood area or go for the ultimate fright at Universal's Halloween Horror Nights, you are guaranteed a wickedly good time. If your celebrations will include libations, be sure to plan ahead to prevent drinking and driving. Keep safe and avoid DUI charges so that your Halloween celebration doesn't haunt you for years to come.

Law against Loud Music Unconstitutional?

Eminem, Little Wayne blasting from the speakers while you're sitting at the light in downtown Orlando? According to Florida Statute Section 316.3045(1), that is a no-no. On September 6, 2011, however, Florida's 5th District Court of Appeals issued a ruling that the statute is unconstitutional. The statute makes it illegal for a person to operate a "sound-making device" in a motor vehicle that is "plainly audible" from a distance of 25 feet. What makes it unconstitutional? After all, a similar statute has been upheld by the United States Supreme Court that prohibits "loud and raucous" noise being emitted from sound trucks in residential neighborhoods. What makes the loud music statute unconstitutional is that it is not content neutral like the sound truck statute.

Extradition: A Criminal Charge Can Follow You Out of (And Bring You Back to) Florida

A man accused of shooting an Orlando woman last month was found in New York. The Orlando Police Department is working with the Dunkirk Police Department and the U.S. Marshals to bring him back to Florida to face first-degree murder charges. Police believe Ruben Rodriguez shot one round into the victim's car, hitting her in the neck and leading to her crashing near Washington Avenue.

Oktoberfest and Drunk-Driving

large scene of oktoberfest The leaves are changing colors, the air is crisp; autumn has arrived. The holiday season is just around the corner, and October provides a little taste of the festivities ahead in the guise of Oktoberfests. The German American Society of Central Florida wasted no time having their first festival on October 1, 2011. Oktoberfest is always a fun time, with hot bratwurst and strong German beers, lively polka music and the infectious chicken dance. We hope you will go out and enjoy this fall-time favorite festival, but if you plan to fully enjoy the ales, make sure to arrange for a designated driver or a taxi to drive you home at the end of the night. Don't even think about drinking and driving because DUI patrols will be out in full-force looking for drunk-drivers on Oktoberfest nights in Central Florida including Orlando, Winter Park, Sanford, Longwood, Kissimmee, Altamonte Springs and Windermere.

New Law Bans Sexting between Teens - What Do You Think?

The new Florida law passed last June has gone into effect. Beginning October 1, 2011, sexting between teens is illegal. Sexting is defined as sending by nude or "racy" pictures to another person by text messaging. If a teen is caught sexting another teen, the penalty is 8 hours of community service or a $60 fine. This relatively gentle penalty is designed to act as a warning to the offending teens to discourage future violations. If caught sexting a second time, the teen will face a first-degree misdemeanor charge, a third offense carries a felony charge with a maximum 5-year prison sentence.

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