Palm Beach Sheriff and Audible Media Group partner to offer audio traffic app


PBSO Audio Traffic App by Audible Media Group
PBSO Audio Traffic App by Audible Media Group

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office have partnered with the Audible Media Group on a new state-of-the-art traffic application designed to provide residents with voice-activated, user-controlled, on-demand, audio traffic reports and PBSO breaking news and alerts, Chief Technology Officer Deniz Kumral reminded the public on Monday.

Called the PBSO Audio Traffic App, Bradshaw was skeptical when he first learned about the concept for a traffic report cell phone app designed to cut down on distracted driving.

“The expertise that was brought to this app was — we believe to be — state of the art,” explained Bradshaw at a recent press conference unveiling the new technology.  “The biggest piece of the puzzle that had to be in place was we didn’t want to have something that caused more distracted driving than we already had a problem with.”

Every year over 3000 people die nationwide because they were distracted while driving.  Through this joint effort, PBSO partnered with the Audible Media Group to launch an audio traffic app to deliver live traffic reports so drivers will not have to scroll maps commonly used by other traffic applications.

With distracted driving in mind, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office wanted an audible device so motorists would keep their eyes on the road rather than on their smartphones.

The PBSO Audio Traffic App features live traffic reports providing traffic information on Palm Beach County roads, including alternate route suggestions. The application also has the capability to send push notifications with breaking news from the Sheriff’s Office, including reports on missing persons, crimes in progress or hazardous conditions.

The app will work in all areas of Palm Beach County by triangulating the location of drivers through their phone’s global positioning system.

“I’m very excited about this – it’s a great partnership – and guess what, the price is the best that it could absolutely be, it’s free,” concluded Bradshaw.

The PBSO Audio Traffic App is available in the Apple App Store and at Google Play for Android devices.  It is operated through voice commands so a driver can get updates about traffic and alternate routes without having to look at their smartphone.

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Florida Highway Patrol: ‘Move Over’ or face stiff consequences


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A routine traffic stop can be anything but routine for emergency responders.  Since 1999, more than 200 law enforcement officers in the United States have died and thousands have been injured as a result of being on the side of the road doing their job and being hit by an oncoming vehicle, according to Colonel David Brierton of the Florida Highway Patrol on Tuesday.

During the month of January, FHP troopers and law enforcement officers throughout the state will increase their focus on making drivers aware of the state’s “Move Over” law. The law protects law enforcement officers, emergency workers and tow truck drivers who are stopped along Florida roadways in the performance of their duties.

“Florida’s Move Over law was enacted in 2002 to safeguard Florida’s emergency responders who are on the roadways working to protect you and your families,” stated Col. David Brierton, director of the Florida Highway Patrol, in a prepared release. “Abide by the ‘Move Over’ law and help us protect our emergency personnel and their families.”

Understanding Move Over:

·         Drivers must move over when a patrol car, emergency vehicle and/or tow truck is stopped on the side of a road with lights flashing.

·         If they cannot move over safely, drivers should slow down to a speed of 20 mph below the posted speed limit.

·         Always approach the emergency vehicle with caution.

Violating “Move Over” laws puts motorists and emergency responders at risk. In Florida, it can also result in a heavy fine and points on your driver license record.

Learn more about Florida’s “Move Over” law at http://www.flhsmv.gov/SafetyTips/MoveOverTips.htm.

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. The Department has lead the way to a safer Florida through the efficient and professional execution of its core mission: the issuance of driver licenses, vehicle tags and titles and operation of the Florida Highway Patrol.

To learn more about DHSMV and the services offered, visit www.flhsmv.gov, follow them on Instagram at FLHSMV, Twitter @FLHSMV or “Like” them on Facebook.

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Florida raising minimum wage by 14 cents an hour in 2014


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What would an extra $1.12 a day, $5.60 a week, or $291.20 a year mean to you?  Fourteen-cents an hour may seem like small change, but for nearly two hundred thousand minimum wage workers in Florida, it will result in an increased paycheck starting January 1st, according to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) on Monday.

That’s when an automatic increase goes into effect, raising the lowest pay rate in Florida to $7.93, up from $7.79.

The same fourteen-cent increase will apply to minimum-wage tipped employees, whose rates will go from $4.71 to $4.91 an hour.

In 2004, Floridians voted by a 72 percent to 28 percent margin to amend the Constitution to enact a state minimum wage.  Under the voter-approved amendment, the minimum wage would increase every January to keep pace with any cost of living increase the past year.   In those rare instances where the cost of living decreased, the minimum wage would remain the same.

Eight states have laws that tier their minimum wage to the federal rate, the cost of living and inflation.  In addition to Florida, each of these states – Arizona, Colorado, Ohio, Oregon, Montana, Vermont, and Washington – raised their minimum wage for 2013 to account for inflation.

“Raising the minimum wage is not a real boost to the economy and will definitely raise the unemployment rate among low-skilled people and teenagers,” Boca Raton public relations guru Barry Epstein told Examiner.  “More lower-skill Americans will be joining the ranks of the unemployed.  Raising an employee wage is not as simple as supersizing your Happy Meal.”

Impacted are approximately 647,000 Americans who earn minimum wage.  Two hundred thousand of these low-wage workers live in Florida.

According to the DEO, employers in Florida must pay employees the hourly state minimum wage for all hours worked. The definitions of employer, employee, and wage for state purposes are the same as those established under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Employers of tipped employees – who meet eligibility requirements for the tip credit under the FLSA – may count tips actually received as wages under the Florida minimum wage. However, an employer must pay tipped employees a direct wage. The direct wage is calculated as equal to the minimum wage ($7.93) minus the 2003 tip credit ($3.02), or a direct hourly wage of $4.91 as of January 1, 2014.

Employees who are not paid the minimum wage may bring a civil action against their employer or any person violating Florida’s minimum wage law. The state attorney general may also bring an enforcement action to enforce the minimum wage. FLSA information and compliance assistance can be found at: http://www.dol.gov/dol/compliance/comp-flsa.htm.

Florida Statute also requires an employer who must pay employees the Florida minimum wage to post a minimum wage notice in a conspicuous and accessible place in each establishment where these employees work.  This poster requirement is in addition to the federal requirement to post a notice of the federal minimum wage.

Florida’s minimum wage poster is available for downloading in English and Spanish from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s website at: http://www.floridajobs.org.

The federal poster can be downloaded from the U.S. Department of Labor’s website at: http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/posters/flsa.htm.

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