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Top 5 at noon: Is 'Half-Baked' campaign half-baked?; burning questions on fireworks and Florida; and more

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle is spending $5 million on a public relations campaign to warn people about the dangers of driving while impaired by marijuana. The campaign includes posters and a commercial featuring a real Florida Highway Patrol trooper pulling over an impaired driver (who is actually an actor.) [Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle]
The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle is spending $5 million on a public relations campaign to warn people about the dangers of driving while impaired by marijuana. The campaign includes posters and a commercial featuring a real Florida Highway Patrol trooper pulling over an impaired driver (who is actually an actor.) [Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle]
Published Jul. 2, 2018

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IS FLORIDA'S EFFORT TO STOP MARIJUANA-IMPAIRED DRIVERS HALF-BAKED?

No one knows how big a problem marijuana is on Florida's roads. The state can't say how many marijuana-related crashes there have been, or how many have died because of them. It doesn't keep that kind of data. But as lawmakers rolled out the state's medical marijuana system last year, they also funded a $5 million campaign to warn Floridians it's dangerous and illegal to drive while high. It's called "Drive Baked, Get Busted." And like legalization itself, it has become a flashpoint.

YES, MOST FIREWORKS ARE ILLEGAL IN FLORIDA. NO, THAT DOESN'T STOP ANYONE. HERE'S WHY.

It's almost the Fourth of July, that noisy time of year when — as a fireworks dealer in a Simpsons episode once phrased it — some of us will "celebrate the independence of our nation by blowing up a small part of it." Christopher Spata explains how we got to this point in Florida and helps answer some burning questions — such as, do legit farmers actually use fireworks to scare birds from crops?

SEAN HANNITY IN TAMPA TODAY FOR RON DESANTIS RALLY

Sean Hannity will lend his considerable conservative star power to Republican gubernatorial candidate Rep. Ron DeSantis when the Fox News host holds a 2 p.m. rally for the Republican in downtown Tampa. Hannity and DeSantis will campaign side-by-side at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel, the second stop in a three-city tour of Florida. The two first visited Fort Myers and will end the day in Pensacola. The Tampa event is scheduled to last 90 minutes. Stay with The Buzz for updates.

FOURTH OF JULY TRAVEL FORECAST: HIGHER GAS PRICES, SURGE IN DRIVERS

Gas prices may be higher than they were last Independence Day, but that won't stop a record-breaking number of Americans from traveling by car this holiday. AAA, which has tracked travel numbers over Fourth of July for the last 18 years, reports that the number of on-the-road travelers will be up 5 percent from 2017. That's despite gas prices going up an average of 62 cents across the country from a year ago.

HILLSBOROUGH DEPUTY ARRESTED OFF APOLLO BEACH ON BOATING UNDER THE INFLUENCE CHARGE

Hillsborough sheriff's deputies arrested one of their own Sunday and charged him with boating under the influence. Deputy Alexander Craver, 28, was arrested about 3 p.m., booked into the Hillsborough County jail and released on $500 bail, according the Sheriff's Office.

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