Streets in Pasco County Not Considered Safe Enough
DADE COUNTY, FL- Tampabay.com writes that within less than twelve hours’ time, three people lost their lives in vehicle collisions in Pasco County recently. The victims included a 63-year-old man, a teenager, and a 24-year-old.*
The county’s transportation planning board met shortly after the three deadly wrecks and developed their plan for traffic safety in 2020. The goal set is now upsetting some in the area. The planning board stated that their aim was no more than 87 fatalities. It just so happens that the county’s five-year average is 87, so the officials seem to be hoping that the situation does not get worse rather than trying to improve safety.
Texting and driving are now illegal in the state, but some believe that distracted driving caused by motorists on cell phones was part of the reason that the numbers increased more recently after dropping to 55 in 2013. The causes of the collisions seem to vary. Drugs and alcohol were contributing factors in about 37 of the incidents in 2018; other issues include speeding, careless drivers, failure to yield, failure to maintain lanes, and drivers violating traffic signs and signals.
Overall, Pasco County is proving to be more dangerous to road users than other parts of the state. In fact, the risk of being in a wreck in Pasco is about 150 percent higher than the average for the rest of Florida. US 19 is one of the issues. The road has a higher number of crashes than any other in Pasco County. Updates are planned for that road and for other spots that seem to be disproportionately dangerous to drivers and others on the road.
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