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Bradenton woman fights to stop red light camera bill

Bradenton woman fights to stop red light camera bill

BRADENTON, FLORIDA- For more than five years, Melissa Wandall fought to get red light cameras approved by the Florida legislature.

Her hard work paid off last May when the governor signed off on it, with the law named after her husband, who was killed by a red light runner in 2003.

But now a bill that would repeal the law and ban the cameras, is making its way through Tallahassee.

Last week, a House committee approved it.

Road closure this week

Road closure this week

Bradenton, FL -- Due to ongoing road improvement project along Manatee Avenue, a portion of 3rd Street West will be temporarily closed for part of this week -- Monday, March 14 through Friday, March 18.

The portion that will be closed is just south of Manatee Avenue (SR 64), or a small section between the School Support Center and Champs Sports headquarters.

The entrance to the School Support Center parking lot on 3rd Street West should still be available for use throughout the week.

Don't get caught without your seat belt this month!

Don't get caught without your seat belt this month!

Manatee County -- Starting Tuesday, March 15, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office will be stepping up enforcement on drivers not wearing their seatbelts.

National statistics show in 2009, seat belts saved an estimated 12,713 lives nationwide.

A seat belt violation in Florida will run you $116 with child restraint violations costing $166.

The "Click It or Ticket" campaign will run until Thursday, March 31.

Free towing and a ride home on St. Patrick's Day!

Free towing and a ride home on St. Patrick's Day!

Manatee County, FL -- Gold Coast Eagle Distributing is helping people in Manatee County stay safe this St. Patrick's Day weekend by offering its Tow to Go service.

Tow to Go helps prevent drunk driving by offering a free tow service and a ride home to those who may have had too much to drink.

"We want all adults who choose to drink on St. Patrick's Day to act responsibly," John Saputo, president/owner of Gold Coast Eagle Distributing said in a release. "Our offer to pay the costs associated with transporting impaired individuals and their cars to their destinations leaves no excuse to drink and drive when leaving St. Patrick's Day fun."" alt="<--break->" src="http://sarasota.wtsp.com/sites/all/modules/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif">

Detours scheduled next week in Manatee County

Detours scheduled next week in Manatee County

Manatee County, Florida -- The Manatee County Government has announced that a small section of West University Parkway near 15th Street East, will be closed for up to eight days, beginning on Monday, while crews replace rail lines that cross the road. Traffic in the area will be rerouted from Feb. 28 through March 7, barring significant weather delays.

Seminole Gulf Railway will begin rail line repairs on Feb. 28. After the crossing has been rebuilt, Manatee County Public Works crews will repair the damaged pavement by installing reinforced steel and pouring concrete for a long lasting, durable surface.

Variable message boards with information on the closure were displayed yesterday. Detour signs will be displayed beginning Feb. 28. The closure is not expected to impact Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport.

Longboat Key Trolley service to be reduced

Longboat Key Trolley service to be reduced

Longboat Key, FL -- People who like to hitch a ride on the Longboat Key Trolley will have to wait a bit longer for the service and finish their rides earlier in the evening; the trolley's schedule is about to change.


Sarasota and Manatee County transit officials have agreed to reduce the hours of service for the trolley.


Starting some time in March, the trolley will run every hour, instead of every 30 minutes like it does now.


Trolley service will also end three hours earlier at 8 p.m.