5 things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, February 18

TAMPA - Here are five things you need to know happening in Florida on Monday, February 18.

(1) Hit & Run Traffic Crash Awareness Campaign

The Florida Highway Patrol is a week-long statewide Hit & Run Traffic Crash Awareness Campaign starting on Monday.

The goal of the campaign is to educate motorists of Florida's traffic laws regarding driver responsibility in the event of a traffic crash.

In 2012 state law enforcement agencies investigated nearly 70,000 hit and run traffic crashes which left 16,500 injured and killed 168.

In Hillsborough County there was 3,730 hit and run crashes during 2012. 

If you are in a crash, the FHP wants to remind you it is your responsibility to stop and remain at the scene. You must exchange information with the other driver and render reasonable assistance to any injured persons.

Failure to obey the law has consequences. Leaving the scene of a crash involving a death is a felony of the first degree which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000.

If you leave the scene of an accident where injuries occurred you could be sentenced to 5 years in prison and be fined up to $5,000.


If you need to report a hit and run or aggressive driver, you can contact the FHP by dialing *FHP (*347) from any cell phone.

(2) Raymond James Bank CEO speaks at The University of Tampa

Steven Raney, the Chief Executive Officer of Raymond James Bank, is scheduled to speak at The University of Tampa on Monday night.

Raney will discuss what students should do to prepare for their career, what Raymond James looks for on a resume and the importance of investing money. A question-and-answer session will follow the talk.

Students with an interest in finance and investment are encouraged to attend.

Raney has worked in the banking in Tampa Bay since 1988. He worked for Bank of America for 17 years before joining Raymond James Bank in 2006.

The event begins at 8:30 p.m. in the UT's Vaughn Center Board Room. It is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact assistant professor of finance Alex Tan by calling (813) 257-6304 or e-mailing ttan@ut.edu .

(3) UNCF Black History Month Luncheon

The United Negro College Fund hosts their Tampa Bay 2013 UNCF Black History Month Luncheon on Monday in downtown Tampa.

ABC Action News anchor Deiah Riley will emcee the event for the third consecutive year.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will co-host the luncheon. More than 350 of Tampa Bay's corporate and community leaders are expected to attend the event.

Proceeds for the 7th annual luncheon go directly towards the United Negro College Fund.

The luncheon is being held at the Floridan Palace. For more information about the UNCF, visit www.uncf.org .

(4) Pasco County Fair

The 66th annual Pasco County Fair opens at the 40-acre fairgrounds on State Road 52 in Dade City on Monday. This year's theme is "Sow It, Grow It and Show It."

Daily free entertainment includes the A Grizzly Experience bear show; Robinson's Racing Pigs and Paddling Porkers; hypnotist, illusionist and magician Ron Diamond; comedy swamp band The Sweeney Family Band; and animated vegetable farm show Melody Farm Follies.

The Florida State Pedal Tractor Pulling Competition for ages 4 through 12 will be held each day with the state finals on Sunday.

Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 through 12. Parking is free. Tuesday features a special gate admission where all fairgoers admission is $3.

For more information, call (352) 567-6678 or visit www.pascocountyfair.com .

(5) LeAnn Rimes at Florida State Fair

Monday is the final day for the 2013 Florida State Fair.

Two-time Grammy Award winner LeAnn Rimes will perform in the Entertainment Hall tonight.

Rimes last performed at the Fair in 1997, the year she won the Grammy for Best New Artist.

She has also won three Academy of Country Music Awards, a Country Music Association Award, 12 Billboard Awards and one American Music Award.

For more information about tonight's concert or anything relating to the State Fair, call (813) 627-4360 or visit www.floridastatefair.com .

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