Speeding fatalities on Florida roads and highways continue to pile up – even as deaths from other causes like drunk driving are going down.
In 2010, there were 118 deaths and close to 2,500 injuries caused by drivers going too fast, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
When you add deaths from reckless driving – which can include speeding as an element – the numbers are even worse.
Three deaths were added to this year’s total on March 13. Vacationers from Illinois who were camping in Lake County were killed in a two-vehicle crash – and speeding appears to have been the cause.
One of the campers, a 44-year-old man, lost control of the Ford Mustang he was driving and crashed into an oncoming pickup truck. He was thrown from the car and killed. His two passengers were also pronounced dead at the scene.
None of the three victims were wearing seatbelts, said the Florida Highway Patrol.
The driver had a prior history of dangerous driving.
ABC/CI News reports that although the crash is still being investigated, Florida Highway Patrol Troopers believe that speed may have played a huge part in the accident.
The driver was previously charged with reckless homicide in a crash that killed his cousin in June 2008, and was released from jail in 2003.
The driver of the pickup did not sustain injuries in the crash.
According to state numbers, there were 231,647 Florida car wrecks in 2010. Of these collisions, 151,773 caused personal injuries and 1,789 resulted in fatalities.
Here is a breakdown of how some of those accidents occurred:
- Exceeding safe speed limit – 118 fatal crashes and 2,440 injuries
- Exceeding stated speed limit – 94 fatal crashes and 517 injuries
- Reckless driving – five fatal crashes and 41 injuries
- Careless driving – 332 fatal crashes and 47,513 injuries.
Speeding is a major factor in about one-third of car accident fatalities, according to the Governors’ Highway Safety Program.
- ABC/CI News Now
- Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles