Transportation

Young Woman Killed In Major Accident on I-95

Young Woman Killed In Major Accident on I-95

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A young woman was killed in an accident on I-95 near Emerson Street that shut down all northbound lanes and one southbound lane on the interstate for nearly 5 hours.

Lt. Bill Leeper with the Florida Highway Patrol said a 24-year-old woman driving a Toyota Scion northbound lost control and hit the wall of the highway. The impact took out the street lights and ejected her from the vehicle. 

FHP told us the woman was thrown over the median wall into the other side of traffic, when she was hit by another vehicle in the southbound lanes.

Lt. Leeper said witnesses told police the woman was traveling at a high rate of speed, and they are investigating whether or not alcohol played a factor in the crash.

The accident happened around12:45 a.m. and blocked all northbound lanes, along with the left southbound lane. All lanes have since been reopened.

Florida Highway Patrol Releases Results from Holiday Enforcement Campaign

Florida Highway Patrol announced the preliminary results from the Patrol’s Independence Day holiday enforcement effort.  During the four-day heightened enforcement period, FHP increased the number of troopers patrolling Florida’s roadways. Auxiliary troopers augmented FHP’s force.

Florida Highway Patrol Releases Results from Holiday Enforcement Campaign

Florida Highway Patrol announced the preliminary results from the Patrol’s Independence Day holiday enforcement effort.  During the four-day heightened enforcement period, FHP increased the number of troopers patrolling Florida’s roadways. Auxiliary troopers augmented FHP’s force.

Two-Tier Gas Pricing Catching Customers Unaware

Two-Tier Gas Pricing Catching Customers Unaware

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- What gas customers see advertised may not be the price they pay at the pump.

It's because of something gas inspection experts call two-tier pricing.

In response to many questions from viewers about the different pricing, First Coast News asked why, if it's legal and what you can do about it.

Gas stations using two-tier pricing advertise one price for cash (or company-specific credit cards, such as Shell or Chevron), but display another price at the pump for credit cards.

"They just pull up to the pump to get their gas and then realize, 'Oh, they charged me more than what that sign said,'" explained Roberta Lawson, a supervisor for petroleum inspection in North Florida.

The practice is popular in South Florida but it's becoming more common on the First Coast, according to Lawson.

The reason stations do it may be because of steep vendor credit card fees.

Skyway Hours Extended for Artwalk

Beginning July 6, the Skyway will run until 9:30 p.m. for every First Wednesday Artwalk. Each ride is 50 cents, and the Skyway conveniently travels from public parking areas at the Kings Avenue Station and Convention Center Station to Artwalk venues at Central Station and Hemming Plaza Station.

For more information on the Skyway routes and schedules, please visit www.jtafla.com.

Jacksonville Weekly Gas Price Update, July 5

Jacksonville Weekly Gas Price Update, July 5

Average retail gasoline prices in Jacksonville have fallen 2.0 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.42/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has increased 0.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.57/g, according to gasoline price website JacksonvilleGasPrices.com.

AAA and Budweiser Partner to Provide Free Rides for the Tipsy

AAA and Budweiser Partner to Provide Free Rides for the Tipsy

Throughout Florida a number of programs offer free rides to individuals who have had too much to drink.

AAA and Budweiser offer a service called "Tow to Go"
that provides private party goers and licensed establishments a way to get people home safely. Adults in need of a ride can call 1-800-AAA-HELP. AAA will dispatch a tow truck and will take both the driver and the vehicle home, free of charge. This service is available throughout Florida - to both AAA members and non-members.

The free towing service is not only available on the 4th of July, but over the entire long weekend from July 1 through July 5.

According to FHP, Tow to Go removes the number one excuse for drunk driving - the intoxicated motorist not wanting to leave their car - by not only taking the driver home safely, but also their vehicle home safely too.