Moped Drivers Could Face DUI Charges in Florida

When it comes to mopeds, a loophole exists regarding DUI’s which lawmakers are determined to close. The problem stems from the fact that mopeds aren’t legally considered motor vehicles in the state of Florida. This means that if a person gets on their moped after drinking and is involved in an accident, they can’t be charged with any DUI crimes. A loophole State Sen. Greg Hembree, R-Horry finds aggravating.


“A person can be falling down drunk, then get on a moped and ride down Highway 17 in 5:00 traffic and be weaving all over the road and they cannot be arrested for DUI,” he said in a recent interview. “That clearly was an unintended consequence when they were drafting previous versions of the moped definition.”

What truly bothers him is that many of the people who currently operate mopeds in Florida are doing so because they were previously convicted of drinking and driving. His aggravation over the situation is why the Senate Transportation Committee decided to address the issue once and for all. The matter has already been discussed and approved by the House.

AR-150409798Unlike cars and motorcycles, Florida doesn’t have many regulations regarding the way mopeds are operated in the state. If the measures pass, this will change. Not only will authorities be able to charge operators with DUI related crimes, but the same operators will be required to have both an operator’s license and insurance before they can legally ride on public roads.

“I hope these changes become laws. It’s not right that moped operators can’t be held accountable for their actions, especially when they have a past history of poor decision making,” said Attorney of John Bales. “If anyone has been hurt by a moped accident, particularly one that involved some who was drunk at the time of the crash, should contact a personal injury lawyer and discuss their legal options.”

Just because something isn’t punishable in one court, it doesn’t mean the injured party can’t seek justice in Florida’s civil court. This is particularly true of anyone who sustained severe injuries as a result of the accident.

What a civil court case for personal injury that names a moped operator who was under the influence or narcotics at the time of the accident is to seek a financial reward for the injured party. As a rule, the lawsuit seeks reimbursement for things like medical bills, loss wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. Wrongful death issues are also covered under the blanket term personal injury.

Since each situation is unique, the best way to determine if the injuries you sustained in a moped accident warrant you filing a personal injury lawsuit is by seeking out the advice of a personal injury John Bales Attorneys. Not only will they advise you about legal rights, they’ll also help you determine who to name as the defendant in the case and how large a settlement you should seek.

Is Disturbing Video an Example of Pasadena Police Brutality or Not?

A disturbing video recently found its way onto the internet. The video shows a member of the Pasadena police force dragging a woman from a vehicle. The twenty-two second video was posted by the woman’s family who are claiming she was a victim of Pasadena police brutality.

Mandy Sumpter-Stevens claims responsibility for posting the video. According to Sumpter-Stevens the woman the police officer is man handling in the video is her aunt, a woman who is both disabled and cognitively challenged. She originally posted the video to her Facebook feed.

hqdefault (2)Spokesperson for the Pasadena police force, Vance Mitchell, says that in this particular situation case the general public shouldn’t believe everything they see on camera. He says that there was a lot more to the story than the short video clip shows.

According to Mitchell, the woman in the video, Linda Grimes, was pulled over after she drove the wrong direction on a feeder road which put her in a position to be going against oncoming traffic for the span of three to four lanes. Despite the flashing lights in her rearview mirror, Grimes failed to pull over until she reached the 200 block of Beltway 8 near Texas 225 in Pasadena.

According to the Mitchell, the officer responsible for pulling Grimes over, “The officer got out of his car, once she finally stopped. She didn’t seem to be paying much attention.”

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERADespite the presence of the Pasadena police officer, Grimes failed to either open her window or her car door when requested. Upon seeing another door was unlocked and open, the officer reached into the car in order to turn off the engine. At this point, Grimes fought against the officer’s attempt to remove her from the car.

In the video, there’s a moment where Grimes head can be clearly seen hitting the pavement, but Mitchell swears that moment is only very brief part of what took place and that it’s out of context. After Grimes is removed from her vehicle, the officer places her in handcuffs and removes her from the camera’s view.

The Pasadena officer decided to arrest Grimes and take her into custody. Once they reached the Pasadena police station, it was discovered that she was quite intoxicated which led to DUI charges being filed.

1087602Police records indicate that this is in fact the third time Grimes has faced with DUI charges. Her first one took place in 1981 and the second was issued in February of 2012. Grimes is being held on a $5,000 bond.

Her niece has not been willing to provide any rebuttal comments to Mitchell’s statement.



Potential Hate Crime Committed Against Same-Sex Couple in Myrtle Beach

In Myrtle Beach, a same-sex couple spent some free time at BK Whopper Bar and ended up in a fight with a man they had never seen before. The couple was kissing in the restaurant when the man decided to confront them about what they were doing.


Jordan Schaeffer, age 25, and Eric Danko, age 25, were at the 1101 Washington Avenue restaurant during the early morning hours. The man approached them and slung derogatory words and hate speech their way. The man used the “F-word” used as a homophobic slur toward gay men.

According to Ernesto Rodriguez, a Myrtle Beach police spokesman, “Myrtle Beach and all across the country there is just no place for hate. Everybody should be able to be here and express themselves freely.”

Surveillance video in the area shows three men and the couple engaging in a fight. There were several bystanders around when the incident occurred. Some tried to separate the men while others just stood by and watched the fight go down.

According to police, after the men left Whopper Bar, Danko chased after them. About a block away, this resulted in another fight breaking out between the couple and the men.

74232337537642f5bad81c908de113f7This specific restaurant is just around the corner from Twist, a well-known Myrtle Beach gay bar. The police station is also directly across the street from the restaurant. A report made by the police states that an officer saw Danko walking amongst traffic in the middle of the road on Washington Ave. He was heading north at the time.

When the officer approached him, he refused to follow the simple commands from the officer, which included telling him to step out of the street. The report also states that he seemed to be heavily inebriated.

Schaeffer eventually told police what happened, but was uncooperative at first per reports. Both men suffered minor injuries to their faces and were treated at the scene.

“You never know when something will happen that can leave someone injured for no good reason. In these instances, the primary goal is recovery, but one should not wait long to determine personal injury claims either,” stated Myrtle Beach personal injury lawyers Joe and Martin. “It is important that the victim of a hate crime know their rights and know that they do have a voice in the matter. They will need an attorney who cares about their overall well-being, as well as helping them to get justice for such a heinous act.”

If you are victim of violence and you’re not sure what to do, contact Myrtle Beach lawyer on this site , because some people think that same sex relationship are not normal,that doesn’t mean that they can take a law in their own hands and try to do became bigger than a law it self.

Myrtle Beach Beach police are working to identify those who got into a fight with the same-sex couple. They are encouraging any witnesses who might have information to contact Myrtle Beach Crime Stoppers.

Others in the area are shocked about the incident and feel that in this day and age, things like this should never happen.

“There are a lot of people in the world and if they’re afraid to get out and see then maybe they should stay and not even go to Burger King,” states tourist Mark Myer.


Back and neck injuries and how to avoid them

Injuries occur all too often in many different forms. It could be a car accident, a pedestrian hit and run, a head on collision, and many other different scenarios. All of these can lead to serious injuries, such as back, neck and head injuries. In the city of New York, personal injuries could occur anywhere and could be due to many different types of accidents. Car accidents are normally to blame, and are all too common in New York.

When it comes to personal injuries, back injuries are very common. Back injuries are the most common cause of back pain. It can happen at any moment, doing many different activities. Injuries often occur when you use your back muscles in activities not performed very often. This happens a lot in automobile accidents, because bodies may be flung around in different positions and are seriously injured because of it.

A good way to lessen the likelihood of injury in an auto accident is to always wear your seatbelt when in a vehicle. No matter if you are driving or in the back seat, a back and neck injury can happen. Low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide. No one wants to experience chronic pain due to a personal injury in New York in an auto accident. One half of all working Americans admit to having back pain each year. Many of these occur because of a personal injury, in many different scenarios, not just auto accidents. It can happen at work, in a slip and fall, or a hit and run. Injuries occur and neck, head and back injuries are the majority of the injuries in these cases.

Always stay alert and aware when behind the wheel of any vehicle or machine while working. Make sure to always watch your step on sidewalks and other streets. Uneven pavement, potholes, and many other hazards can lead to a terrible injury. Car accidents are still a major cause of back and neck injuries, which can be very serious. Disc injuries and spinal cord injuries are common car accident injuries to the back. Many times, these personal injuries occur in the city of New York.

Injuries can mean time lost at work, one less pay check and bills piling up. Many times, it’s because of a devastating injury. Back injuries are among the most common injuries suffered as a result of an automobile crash. Crashes can occur anywhere at any time in many different scenarios. Even low impact car accidents can lead to a serious long term injury. These low impact crashes can occur when the vehicle is only going ten miles per hour or less. This means even when you think you are safe behind the wheel, you aren’t, and things can happen and lead to a tragic accident.

Injured people need to know their rights and have someone fighting for them. Back and neck injuries can occur in many different types of accidents. You need the reassurance of a name backed by 70 years of experience serving the greater New York area. Pulvers, Pulvers, Thompson and Friedman have the proven record to guarantee a successful result for you. For more information, contact Pulvers and Thompson, or log on at