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1.1 million miles of safe driving...so far!

1.1 million miles of safe driving...so far!

St. Petersburg, Florida -- A Tarpon Springs bus driver is being honored for more than 30 years of accident-free driving.

Rodney Hardy is a bus operator for Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA).  The authority's Board of Directors recently recognized his 30-plus years with an unblemished safety record.

Hardy joined what was then the Central Pinellas Transit Authority (CPTA) in 1980.  He had just graduated from college and wanted to take a break from the books before studying for a Masters Degree.  As a way to earn some money, he applied to be a bus driver.  He's been driving ever since.

Senior safe driving course in Pinellas Park

Senior safe driving course in Pinellas Park

Pinellas Park, FL -- AARP is offering a driver safety course to refresh drivers age 50 and over on changes behind the wheel. 


With changes in traffic rules and new technology it is important for drivers to keep up with defensive driving techniques and learn how to handle a motor vehicle in today's challenging environment. 


Drivers taking the course will learn important, life-saving tools that will help them adjust to changes in vision, hearing, and reaction time. 

Road Closure at Madeira Beach intersection

Road Closure at Madeira Beach intersection

Madeira Beach -- There will be lane closures today at the intersection Madeira Way and 150th Avenue (Tom Stuart Causeway) while workers repair a sanitary water main.

The two eastbound lanes of Madeira Way will be closed and one westbound lane of 150th Avenue will be closed to traffic.

It is unclear when the roads are expected to reopen.

Gas prices shoot up nearly 25 cents in one week -- here's why

Gas prices shoot up nearly 25 cents in one week -- here's why

St. Petersburg, FL -- Gas prices have climbed by about a quarter per gallon in just a week. What's behind the spike, and what happens next?


It's awkward, because at least part of us should be pleased about this particular rise in gas prices. That's because the spike is the result of freedom and liberty.


Rebels in Lybia are fighting in the streets to overthrow their dictator, Col. Moammar Gadhafi. Change has already come in Egypt and Tunisia. Protestors for democracy are also taking action in other big-time oil countries.


But that instability leads to a lot of questions about oil supplies on the world's markets -- a situation that drives prices up, according to AAA.

Another round of Seminole construction

Another round of Seminole construction

Seminole - Last weekend, hundreds of motorists were caught off guard, or forgot about construction on Seminole Boulevard south of Ulmerton. 

Well, get ready for another round on Seminole Boulevard. 

The southbound side of Seminole Boulevard will close today.

Traffic will be detoured west onto East Bay Drive to Ridge Road, south on Ridge to Ulmerton Road, east on Ulmerton back to Seminole Boulevard.  All lanes reopen at noon on Sunday, Feb. 27.

Largo changes sign ordinance for businesses along U.S. 19

Largo changes sign ordinance for businesses along U.S. 19

Largo, Florida - The city of Largo wants to help struggling businesses along U.S. 19 by adding an amendment to its current sign ordinance.

This amendment would allow for better visibility to the businesses along U.S. 19 from Whitney Road to Belleair Road, mainly the Tri-City area.

Here is the city's solution, listed in the agenda of a February city council meeting:

The reconstruction of US Highway 19 as an elevated and limited access roadway significantly impacts visibility of adjacent commercial and industrial properties and the associated signage.

Staff also suggests that the Commission temporally suspend enforcement of the requirements to remove vacant and nonconforming signs during the construction of this segment of US Highway 19 due to the impact on business access and visibility.

Palm Harbor fire rescue reminds you what to do when emergency vehicles approach

Palm Harbor fire rescue reminds you what to do when emergency vehicles approach

Palm Harbor , Florida -  Thousands of Fire Department vehicles across the United States are involved in crashes when responding to emergency calls, resulting in many firefighter injuries and even deaths.

Thousands more are involved in crashes when approaching drivers fail to slow down or move over to allow police and emergency workers room to work.

Palm Harbor fire rescue put together a few tips to follow when an emergency vehicle is approaching you and when you are approaching a stopped emergency vehicle: