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On May 4, 2022, Jane Smith was sunbathing in a St. Pete beach when a patrolling police officer drove over her with their Chevy Tahoe while she was lying on her back in the sand. Jane suffered personal injuries. The same news article referenced The New York Times report in saying that Florida’s beaches have a history of incidents involving vehicles hitting beachgoers, including a 2003 mishap in which a Miami police SUV ran over two French tourists, killing one and critically injuring the other.

Legal Takeaway: Sunbathing is not good for your skin, but neither is being driven over while lying on the beach. So wear lots of sunscreen, lay out far away from vehicles, and shuffle your feet when you go in the water.

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