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The dangers of texting while driving gets more headlines and drunk driving remains one of the main causes of automobile accidents, but a large, new study published Monday helps explain why so many teens and young adults are involved in motor accidents.They're sleepy.Report after report shows it -- sleepy drivers cause car crashes.
A group of prom-bound Florida teens and their limo driver came to the aid of seven people trapped in a van that crashed and flipped on its side on an interstate.
It was a prom night to remember for a group of high-school students who sprang into action to help rescue victims after a van crashed on a Florida highway.
The 20 students from Western High in Davie, Fla., dressed in tuxedos and gowns, were in a Cadillac Escalade stretch limousine traveling on eastbound Interstate 595 in Davie on Saturday night when a van in front of them started swerving wildly.
The van driver was trying to avoid traffic braking in front of her, Sgt. Mark G. Wysocky of the Florida Highway Patrol told MSN News. "She veered to the left and struck the concrete barrier wall and veered back to the right and the vehicle ovtered on its side.
The limo screeched to a halt, narrowly missing the overturned van, said Danny Izzi, president of Avanti Limousines and Airport Transportation.
"I almost hit them," Izzi told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "I had to slam on my brakes, but with 20 kids in there it's really [difficult] to put the brakes on."
Izzi and the teens rushed to help the five adults and two children trapped in the van.
"We were trying to help because we didn't know what happened, how they flipped, how many people were in there," 17-year-old sophomore Krista Pulcini told the Sun-Sentinel.
"It was a pretty traumatizing event, seeing all those people hurt and cut up and stuff," Frank Tucker, 17, told the newspaper. "When you see the accident it's pretty intense, kind of like a movie scene."
Izzi said he kicked in the back door of the van. One student climbed on top, forced the sliding door open and helped free some of the passengers.
'TAKE MY BABY'
Peter Kim, a high school senior, told WSVN-TV he opened the trunk and saw a boy. "I grabbed him and I set him down and told him everything was going to be all right."
Kim said he pulled groceries out of the van to try to reach a woman and a 2-year-old. "She was lying there, and it got to me a little bit because she wasn't moving at all, and I saw her baby girl just lying there, and I went to reach for her, and that's when she turned around and said, 'Take my baby, take my baby. Take her, save her,'" Kim said, according to WSVN.
Firefighters and paramedics arrived within minutes, and the seven occupants of the van were taken to area hospitals. No one was ejected or seriously hurt, Wysocky said.
The driver, Karen Exalien 28, was cited for failure to use due care and for a child-restraint violation because the 2-year-old was not in a car seat, the patrol said.
The seniors continued on to the prom at a hotel in Fort Lauderdale.
"I went to the prom and a lot of girls were helping me get the blood out of my dress, so it was good," Pulcini told the Sun-Sentinel.
Wolf told WSVN: "Once we knew they were OK and we had all made it, we were just happy to know we were all alive, and we enjoyed that night."
Are Homeownership Tax Advantages at Risk?
You may be aware that Congress is considering changes to tax law that stand to negatively affect you as a current or prospective homeowner. According to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR)—the largest trade association in the country, which advocates for real estate professionals and homeowners—as Congress pursues comprehensive tax reform it should focus on doing no harm to housing and America’s 75 million homeowners by maintaining current tax laws for homeownership and real estate investment.
NAR President Gary Thomas recently testified before the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee concerning Federal tax provisions that affect residential real estate. Thomas urged specific support for maintaining the current deduction for home mortgage interest. The mortgage interest deduction helps many families become homeowners, which is the foundation for a healthy middle class, and it is vital to the health and stability of housing markets.
Sixty-five percent of families who claim the deduction earn less than $100,000 per year, and as a percentage of income, the biggest beneficiaries are younger middle-class families.
“The mortgage interest deduction makes sustainable homeownership more affordable for millions of middle-class families; these families are the nation’s backbone,” said Thomas. “Protecting these hard-working Americans should be Congress’ top priority as it pursues comprehensive tax reform. On behalf of our one million REALTOR® members and millions of homeowners, we urge Congress to do no harm to housing.”
In his testimony, Thomas emphasized the fact that homeownership has had long-standing support in the country because of its many benefits to individuals, families, communities and to the nation’s economy.
Thomas explained that the current tax code contains housing-related provisions that help facilitate homeownership, build wealth for families and provide stability to communities. Altering these policies could marginalize current and future homebuyers as well as jeopardize the nascent housing recovery and the overall economy.
“REALTORS® know that homeownership is an investment in your future,” said Thomas. “NAR remains committed to preserving the current tax measures for homeownership so that millions of Americans can continue to build the kind of financial security that owning a home can provide.”
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Thinking of Buying a Vacation Home?Real estate markets across the country are seeing a similar trend: Buyers are taking advantage of the low mortgages by purchasing vacation properties. Specifically, they are buying homes in exotic locations, like at the beach or lake, or in the mountains for prime skiing.