Eighty-three car accidents a day in 2017 and an average of 77 crashes a day over the past five years. These are the numbers for car accidents in Pinellas according to a recent report on ABC Action News.
According to the report, traffic experts say drivers and pedestrians disobeying traffic laws, distracted driving and in an increase in drivers/cars on the road from tourism and people moving to Tampa Bay are three main reasons for the number of car accidents in Pinellas County.
In 2017, Pinellas County saw 30,000 crashes, which is an average of 83 a day. ABC Action News reports that Forward Pinellas compared the past 5 years of traffic crash data to the 5 years prior and found automobile accidents went up 9 percent overall. Pedestrian fatalities went up 6 percent, and the number of car accidents nearly doubled since 2012.
Three solutions being discussed to reduce the number of Pinellas County car accidents are:
- Building overpasses, including the ones planned along US-19.
- Widening roads and working on major new corridors like the Gateway Express Project.
- Adding more bike lanes and crosswalks, including some that are mid-block.
However, as the reports states, the best way to avoid a car accident is for drivers and pedestrians to pay better attention.
Remember, you can be the safest driver, but you are traveling on busy roads with drivers who aren’t as careful as you. That is why it is important to be alert to other drivers’ actions. Study your surroundings as you drive. Know what is in front of you, behind you and to your sides.
Drive safely and watch out for those who don’t!
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