Speed is a leading cause of holiday car accidents in Fort Myers and Fort Lauderdale. In fact it is the leading cause of fatal Florida car accidents, along with drunk driving. Florida is one of the top 5 states in the country for peed-related traffic fatalities each year.
Old movies give the notion that speed or drag racing is reserved for desolate country roads, where no one ever gets hurt. Not the case in Lee County recently where there was a fatal accident involving vehicles street racing. NBC News reported a collision with two vehicles that claimed the lives of two and critically injured two more. Residents living in the area are all too familiar as they admitted speed racing is common at this intersection with 2 miles of straight roadway ahead.
Speeding traffic fatalities in Florida are a real concern when compared to the rest of the United States. In 2009, the Fatality Analysis Reporting System used by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that Florida ranked fourth behind California, Pennsylvania, and Texas, in speed related fatalities with a total of 1,068. There were 9,479 fatal crashes involving at least one car speeding last year in the United States, Florida accounted for 479 of these fatal crashes.
Though the statistics have shown a decline in Florida fatalities involved in speeding accidents over the last 5 years reporting 608 in 2005 down to 535 in 2009, the numbers still remain startlingly high for Collier, Lee and Palm Beach Counties.
-Collier County reported 14 fatalities which equates to a rate of 4.4 per 100,000 people.
-Palm Beach County had 34 fatalities in crashes involving speeding which per 100,000 people was a rate of 2.66.
-Lee County had only 17 speed related fatalities last year which calculated to 2.9 per 100,000 in population.
People who find driving at high speeds stimulating, especially on city streets and highways need to find another outlet. Speed limits are determined to maintain safety and have a purpose for being established. Make a sensible decision to save the racing for the tracks and slow down on city streets. It may just save your life or the life of someone else.