MedReturn Box in the Cape Coral Police Department Front Lobby

MedReturn Box in the Cape Coral Police Department Front Lobby

(August 20, 2019) - If you are going through your cabinets or drawers and find prescription medication that you no longer use or is out of date, you can bring it to the Cape Coral Police Department front lobby and put it in our secure MedReturn box. You can put the following types of medication in it:

  • Prescriptions

  • Prescription Patches

  • Prescription Ointments

  • Over the Counter Medications

  • Vitamins

  • Samples

  • Medications for Pets

    Items that will not be accepted will be the following:

  • Needles (Sharps)

  • Medication from businesses/clinics

  • Ointments, Lotions or Liquids

  • Aerosol Cans

  • Inhalers

  • Hydrogen Peroxide

  • No Liquids Please

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341

Traffic Tuesday: Following Too Closely

Traffic Tuesday: Following Too Closely

Traffic Tuesday: Following Too Closely. Have you even been driving and you realize the driver behind you is so close that you feel like they are in your car? At some point while you are driving, someone is going to drive too closely or tailgate you. With traffic laws being disobeyed, this is one of the most dangerous. The driver that is being “tailgated” might feel a level of anxiety that is not safe for them or they could have the adverse reaction and get mad at the driver behind them and become aggressive. PLEASE do not slam on your brakes to prove a point. This is also a violation. As an Officer, these are the types of aggressive drivers that we like to stop. This kind of driver is not just following too closely, they are usually the crazy lane changers whipping through traffic trying to get ahead one car length before the red light. A driver should not follow another vehicle so closely that they can not stop in time if there is an emergency ahead of them. If you are following a vehicle too closely, you might not be able to see beyond the car in front of you.

316.0895 Following too closely.—

(1) The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the highway.

(2) It is unlawful for the driver of any motor truck, motor truck drawing another vehicle, or vehicle towing another vehicle or trailer, when traveling upon a roadway outside of a business or residence district, to follow within 300 feet of another motor truck, motor truck drawing another vehicle, or vehicle towing another vehicle or trailer. The provisions of this subsection shall not be construed to prevent overtaking and passing nor shall the same apply upon any lane specially designated for use by motor trucks or other slow-moving vehicles.

(3) Motor vehicles being driven upon any roadway outside of a business or residence district in a caravan or motorcade, whether or not towing other vehicles, shall be so operated as to allow sufficient space between each such vehicle or combination of vehicles as to enable any other vehicle to enter and occupy such space without danger. This provision shall not apply to funeral processions.

(4) A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation ($163.00)

Remember, rubbing is racing only applies to Nascar!!!!

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341

Man Injured in July Crash Succumbs to His Injuries

Man Injured in July Crash Succumbs to His Injuries

(August 19, 2019) - A man injured in a July 25th, 2019 traffic crash in South Cape Coral has sadly died due to the injuries he sustained that day.

The Cape Coral Police Department’s Traffic Homicide Unit was notified on August 15th of the passing of Roger Sowards of Cape Coral. The original crash synopsis from the investigators is below.

SYNOPSIS (DELAYED FATALITY CRASH):

DATE: July 25, 2019             
TIME: 2:21 PM
LOCATION: Chiquita Boulevard S / SW 30th Terrace
CR#: 19-014101
ASSIGNED THI: Officer P. Wilson

VEHICLE 1: Red, Top Mobility King Cobra, Mobility Scooter.
PEDESTRIAN 1: Roger Sowards W/M, DOB: 8/15/1940, of Cape Coral, FL.
PEDESTRIAN 1 INJURIES: Sowards initially suffered injuries during the crash which were not believed to be life threatening, but later died as a result of his injuries.

VEHICLE 2: Red 2011 Lincoln MKZ, 4-door car, FL tag.
DRIVER 2: William G. Lachemayer, W/M, DOB: 8/24/1947, of North Fort Myers, FL.
DRIVER 2 INJURIES: Lachemayer suffered no injuries in the crash.

Vehicle 1, an electric mobility scooter, was traveling eastbound on South West 30th Terrace approaching Chiquita Boulevard South. Vehicle 2 was traveling Southbound on Chiquita Boulevard South approaching South West 30th Terrace. Vehicle 1 proceeded through the stop sign, without slowing or stopping, at the intersection of South West 30th Terrace and Chiquita Boulevard South, into the travel path of Vehicle 2. Driver of Vehicle 2 took corrective action but was unable to avoid collision with Vehicle 1. The passenger front bumper of Vehicle 2 collided with the left front portion of Vehicle 1, rotating Vehicle 1 counter-clockwise before rolling to its left side ejecting it’s occupant, Pedestrian 1. Pedestrian 1 was found to be at fault, for the crash, for failing to yield the right of way to Vehicle 2. Vehicle 2 was determined to be traveling at the speed limit prior to corrective actions.

Pedestrian 1 was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital with injuries which were not thought to be life threatening. On August 15, 2019, the Cape Coral Police Traffic Homicide Unit was notified by the District 21 Medical Examiner’s office that Roger Sowards died as a result of complications from injuries he suffered in the traffic crash.

The driver of Vehicle 2 was not injured in the crash.

Alcohol/drugs ARE NOT a factor in the traffic crash. Next-of-kin were notified by hospital staff.

***There are 11 traffic fatalities and 13 MCI usages in our city in 2019. (There is 1 fatality that is ruled "medical" and the cause of death is not related to injuries in the traffic crash.)

2019: 11 Traffic Fatalities, 3 DUI related (13 MCI usages)(this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 1 medical ruled deaths)

2018: 8 Traffic Fatalities, 3 DUI related (30 MCI usages)(this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 3 medical ruled deaths)

2017: 17 Traffic fatalities, 8 DUI related (46 MCI usages)

2016: 11 Traffic fatalities, 4 DUI related (35 MCI usages)

2015: 13 Traffic fatalities, 9 DUI related (43 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 1 medical ruled death)

2014: 10 Traffic fatalities, 5 DUI related (40 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 2 medical ruled death)

2013: 19 Traffic fatalities, 6 DUI related (43 MCI usages) (this number DOES NOT INCLUDE 3 medical ruled deaths)

2012: 10 Traffic fatalities, 6 DUI related (21 MCI usages)

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CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341