Florida Wants Save Lives With ‘Stupid Motorist Law’

Volusia County is considering a law to deter Florida drivers from doing something exceptionally stupid. Like attempting to cross flooded roads during severe weather. It’s called the “Stupid Motorist Law,” which is not the most creative name, but hey, it gets the point across. According to Yahoo, the law aims to discourage drivers from driving around barriers and getting stuck in floodwaters. This not only puts them at risk but also endangers the poor emergency responders called to rescue them.

Councilman Danny Robins thinks the law is long overdue, especially after seeing so many stranded drivers needing rescue during Hurricane Ian in 2022. At least 15 to 20 cars were stuck in deep water on roads with “do not enter” signs. The proposed law, which will be enforced only during a state of emergency, would allow law enforcement officers to issue fines of up to $2,000 to motorists who disobey road barriers during floods.

Robins believes the law could save lives and taxpayer dollars, especially during the height of the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season.

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However, some people in the county think the law is unfair. Niceie Bullock, for instance, thinks the law is absurd and crazy. She argues that drivers should not be fined for getting stuck and needing help. Meanwhile, at-large representative Jake Johansson is concerned about how law enforcement will decide who gets fined and who doesn’t. He fears that the law might penalize scared drivers making bad decisions as much as fun-loving, four-wheel-drive teenagers having a blast.

The proposal has been sent back to staff for more research, and if passed, it will likely get a new name, perhaps the “Smart Motorist Law” or the “Don’t Be Dumb Law.” Either way, it’ll be hilarious to watch drivers get fined for doing something incredibly stupid.

2 Florida Locations Have the Bluest Water in America

Travel and Leisure recently published a report that details 10 of the most stunning bodies of water in country. From sunny ocean spots, to lakes, to waterfalls these locations are simply breathtaking. Included in the list were two Florida locations that have the bluest water in America.

Dry Tortugas National Park

This is one of the most unique spots in the country. Dry Tortugas National Park lies west of Key West, Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. It is made up of seven small islands and that are surrounded by coral reef. The park enclosed is roughly 47,000 acres. To arrive here, you must either take a boat or a seaplane. Therefore, it is not accessible by car.

Describing its blue waters, Travel and Leisure says, “Most of it is placid, turquoise, and filled with colorful marine life, making for some of the best snorkeling in the Sunshine State.”

Devil’s Den

Another destination recognized in the report was Devil’s Den. This spring is situated in Willston, about 20 miles south of Gainesville. It is a natural cave that is privately owned. The water has been known to consistently register around 72 degrees regardless of season. One of its main attractions is scuba diving. In fact, it is also a scuba training center where diving is available seven days a week. However, you must have proper certification as it the water has a maximum depth of 54 feet. Their are four lodging cabins at Devil’s Den. The property contains 120 feet of surface diameter.

Also mentioned on Travel and Leisure’s list was Crater Lake in Oregon, Jenny Lake in Wyoming, and Tenaya Lake and Lake Tahoe in California. Havasu Falls in Arizona was the spotlighted waterfall. Finally, as for beaches with the brightest blues, Flamenco Beach in Puerto Rico and Lanikai Beach in Hawaii were among the best.

These two Florida locations that have the bluest water in America were the only east coast spots to make this feature.

  • Dry Tortugas National Park

    This home of Fort Jefferson offers swimming, fishing, and camping. Furthermore, it also has a wide array of bird life. You can bring your own boat up to the park, which offers various tours throughout the day. Or perhaps you’d prefer to hop in a kayak or on a paddleboard and simply explore the turquoise blue waters, that’s an option as well.

    Seaplane at Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida

  • Devil's Den

    Devil’s Den has a dive platform in the middle due to its high level of Scuba and snorkel attraction. In addition, you must be 18 years of age or accompanied by an adult to visit. Their website explains the history by detailing, “On cold winter mornings you can see steam, like smoke, rising from the chimney opening. Thus, the early settlers gave the name Devil’s Den.”


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