Tragic Crash in West Palm Beach Tragically Kills One
WEST PALM BEACH, FL- Wptv.com writes that a car accident killed a man in West Palm Beach earlier this week. The victim, a 79-year-old man, died from injuries he sustained in the wreck.*
In total, three vehicles were involved in the crash and two other individuals sustained injuries. The incident occurred on Okeechobee Boulevard, and police shut down the westbound lanes through the afternoon.
Police are asking that anyone who witnessed the crash, please contact the Traffic Section of the West Palm Beach Police Department.
Florida routinely finds itself on lists for the worst states for pedestrian deaths, cyclist deaths, hit-and-runs, and also for traffic safety laws. Residents in the Sunshine state know that driving on the state’s roads can be challenging, but based on statistics, it is also hazardous. Some of the laws the state lacks include a primary seatbelt law which would permit officers to pull over drivers for not buckling up, requiring motorcyclists to wear helmets and strict texting and driving laws. When it comes to traffic deaths, the state ranked seventh in 2018, which showed a subtle improvement over 2017 when it took the top spot for deadly crashes. For hit-and-run deaths, Florida ranks third. In overall pedestrian deaths, which are increasing nationally, Florida is the worst of the worst, ranking number one in fatal pedestrian crashes. Cyclists in the state also face the most dangerous roads in the nation.
Officials hope to change the state’s track record through its Complete Streets program. Clearly, Florida has a lot of work to do to improve its road safety.
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Sources:https://www.wptv.com/news/region-c-palm-beach-county/west-palm-beach/west-palm-beach-police-investigate-deadly-crash and https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2019/01/22/florida-ranked-one-of-the-worst-states-for-highway-safety-laws and https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2018/08/21/study-finds-florida-drivers-are-still-ranked-among-the-countrys-worst and https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2018/04/27/florida-ranked-among-states-with-the-most-deadly-hit-and-run-accidents and https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article224923045.html and https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2018/09/26/florida-is-the-most-dangerous-state-to-ride-a-bike-says-report and https://usa.streetsblog.org/2018/04/18/floridas-complete-streets-law-saved-thousands-of-lives-and-that-wasnt-enough/
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