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Alachua County Second In Florida To Launch Text-to-911

Pictured above is a sample of a text-to-911 message received by the 911 center. Through the service, responders can quickly locate and assist individuals in case of an emergency.

Alachua County is the second county in Florida to provide a text-to-911 service. Text-to-911, which launched Nov. 3, allows emergency services to locate and assist individuals in need by routing their message to the appropriate 911 center. Senders receive bounce-back messages if a text does not go through.

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ATV Accident Increase In Florida Follows National Trend

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ATV-related crashes occurred at a rate of about one per week in 2012 and 2013 in North Central Florida, and children were frequently among the injured or dead. Riders and officials alike agree: basic safety precautions and tighter focus on the state's helmet law would help limit tragedies.

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