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Florida ranked second-worst state for distracted drivers

Truck Blocking Traffic From Merging Right On I-75

This is not difficult to believe. Driving on Highway 19 in Clearwater felt as though I was taking my life in my hands:

A new study reveals that drivers in the state of Florida are the second-worst when it comes to engaging in distracted driving behaviors. Only the state of Louisiana has more distracted drivers than Florida.

Drivers in Vermont were the least distracted. The study also concluded that, overall, 92 percent of drivers across the country use their cell phones when they are behind the wheel of their vehicle.

The study was conducted by EverQuote, the company that developed the safe driving app EverDrive. The app helps people track their own driving habits in order to help gain insight into driving behaviors which could be dangerous.

The company collected information on the app from 20 million trips. There were approximately 230 million miles driven on these trips.

In addition to the poor distracted driving score, Florida placed at number 39 in overall driving safety; Montana was at number 1. When the study looked at overall driving safety by region, they found that the Midwest had the safest drivers and Northeasterners were the least safe. When it came to phone use while driving, Southerners admitted to using that activity 41 percent of the time – the most of any region.

Florida’s ranking as the second worst in distracted driving could have something to do with its laws. Florida is one of only four states in the entire country where texting and driving is not a primary offense.

This means that law enforcement cannot cite a driver for texting unless they were stopped for another reason, such as running a stop sign. Vermont – which has the least number of distracted drivers – also has strict cell phone use laws.

Every day in this country, eight people are killed in distracted driving accidents, and almost 1,200 more are seriously injured. This carnage is in spite of multiple studies and hundreds of safe driving campaigns which warn about the dangers of using your cell phone when driving.

One study found that if a person is traveling 55 mph and looks at their phone for five seconds, it is the same as driving the entire length of a football field without looking.

Another study found that it takes almost half a minute for the brain to register what is in front of them after a driver has looked away from the road to read a text or talk on the phone.

Upon hearing of Florida’s ranking in this study, attorney Theodore DiSalvo commented, “Florida’s laws need to be stricter to reduce the carnage that distracted (texting) drivers inflict on everyone else.”

Trump trusts Putin’s denial of election meddling

Putin instructed to deal with the "borsato" management of the plant in Nizhny Tagil

U.S. President Donald Trump said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “vehemently denied” that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, when the two met face-to-face during the G20 Summit Friday. “I strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election. He vehemently denied it. I’ve already given my opinion,” Trump wrote in an early morning tweet… Continue Reading →

See no evil, hear no evil

Is this like a little kid who covers his eyes and thinks no one can see him?

In a recent closed-door briefing on Capitol Hill, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers expressed frustration to lawmakers about his inability to convince the President to accept US intelligence that Russia meddled in the election, according to a congressional source familiar with the meeting.

Another congressional source said Rogers has shared concerns with lawmakers about the lack of White House focus on the continued threat from Russian cyber efforts, particularly relating to US voting systems. In addition, the US intelligence community sees such potential threats not only from Russia but also from China, North Korea and Iran.

One intelligence official said the intelligence community continues to brief Trump on Russia’s meddling in the election as new information comes to light. The source said the President appears no less engaged on issues surrounding Russian election meddling than on any other matters covered in the presidential daily brief. But the official acknowledged that Trump has vented his frustration with officials outside of the briefings about the amount of attention paid to the investigation into Russian election interference.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer insisted Trump is taking Russian cyberattacks seriously and said the administration is taking action — albeit quietly.

“The United States continues to combat on a regular basis malicious cyber activity, and will continue to do so without bragging to the media or defending itself against unfair media criticism,” Spicer said in a statement.

The good old NRA

I can’t say enough rotten things about the crazed wingnut in this ad. Her and her flying monkeys came after me a few years ago. Silly me, I thought it was some kind of misunderstanding — but no. She and her crazy husband fanned the flames. They didn’t especially care that they were wrong, or that their lies resulted in me getting death threats. They then “informed” their followers I was threatening their children.

So Ryan Clayton pretty much sums up my thoughts on the matter.

The madness of King Don

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The madness of Donald Trump’s Twitter feed may lead to his prosecution for obstruction of justice by the special counsel, but that hasn’t stopped the insanity pouring from his Twitter feed. His latest tweet storm rages against… President Obama. Not only is he blaming Obama for Russia’s actions to infect our election process, but he’s making… Continue Reading →

CBO score: ‘Only’ 22 million left uninsured

Oh, yay.

WASHINGTON — The Senate bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act would increase the number of people without health insurance by 22 million by 2026, a figure that is only slightly lower than the 23 million more uninsured that the House version would create, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Monday.

Next year, 15 million more people would be uninsured compared with current law, the budget office said.

The legislation would decrease federal deficits by a total of $321 billion over a decade, the budget office said.

The release of the budget office’s analysis comes as a number of reluctant Republican senators weigh whether to support the health bill, which the majority leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, wants approved before a planned recess for the Fourth of July.

It just seems a little crazy to me to put desperate people with guns in this situation. You know?

Andrea Mitchell: ‘A brutal image for Republicans and supporters of this bill, frankly’

Elise Lefkowitz, Andrea Mitchell. Photo © Tony Powell. 2017 Great Ladies Luncheon. Ritz Carlton. April 26, 2017

You may not know that many, many years ago, Andrea Mitchell was married to a man with multiple sclerosis. I think she’s actually sensitive to this issue.

MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell described the scene of disabled protesters being carried out by Capitol police in front of Mitch McConnell’s office as “brutal” images for the Republican party. The long time NBC host began a segment on the newly released Senate healthcare bill and explained what was happening at Speaker McConnell’s office. Mitchell said, “Police… Continue Reading →

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