Tragic Collision Closes Entrance to Tampa Airport
TAMPA, FL- Usnews.com writes that a fatal collision led to the authorities shutting down the entrance to the Tampa International Airport over the weekend. The early morning incident killed two people. For several hours following the crash, police redirected travelers heading to the airport.*
No details regarding the identities of the victims have been released at this time. Locals in the state may not find it at all surprising that Florida ranks as one of the worst states in the country when it comes to road safety laws. Traffic in Florida is notoriously dangerous, with the Sunshine State routinely taking undesirable titles such as the deadliest state for pedestrians or the state with the most fatal cyclist crashes. When it comes to protecting users of the roadway, Florida leaves a lot to be desired.
A report carried out by the Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety found that Florida only has five of the group’s sixteen recommended highway safety laws. For instance, the state does not have a primary seatbelt law, and not all motorcyclists are required to use a helmet. While Florida is one of the worst states for highway safety laws, it did not claim the number one spot, which went to South Dakota, a state with just two of the sixteen laws in place. As of 2017, 3,116 people died on Florida’s roadways, indicating a massive need for improved roadway safety.
The state is implementing a program referred to as “Complete Streets,” which is intended to improve safety for all roadway users through smart planning, construction, and roadway design. Anytime road construction is conducted, the impact on the most vulnerable road users must also be taken into account. If the state stays true to its complete street’s efforts, it will hopefully display a departure from its previous focus on wide high-speed roadways designed to accommodate fast-moving vehicles, but no one else.
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Sources:https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/florida/articles/2020-01-26/fatal-crash-shuts-down-entrance-to-tampa-airport and https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2019/01/22/florida-ranked-one-of-the-worst-states-for-highway-safety-laws and https://metroplanorlando.org/programs-resources/complete-streets/
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