Sarasota Tops List for Most DUI Accident Fatalities in Florida
SARASOTA, FL. – According to a news story published online at mysuncoast.com, Sarasota has topped a list for the most DUI accident fatalities in the state of Florida. The city was recently voted the best place to live in Florida in an unrelated poll, but the news of its DUI crash rate has dampened that honor.*
The group Value Penguin conducted a study of DUI death rates in Florida and found that crashes related to alcohol kill an average of 12 out of every 100,000 people in Sarasota. The rate has held for the last three years, and it means Sarasota has twice the rate of fatal DUI accidents that the No. 2 city on the list, which is Lakeland, Florida.
Value Penguin’s results were published on its website only two days after a deadly accident that took place in North Port, Florida, which was the third DUI-related fatal collision in April inside Sarasota County.
“There needs to be more awareness,” said a resident of North Port who told reporters that DUI accidents had claimed the lives of several of her family members. “You know, as a community, we’re kind of in a shell shock.”
The Value Penguin study said that the odds of being killed in an alcohol-related accident in Sarasota went up by more than 70 percent in 2019. Some law enforcement officers said they believed the rates listed in the report.
“Unfortunately, I’m not that surprised,” said Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Kenneth Watson. “You have to remember that Sarasota is one of the most beautiful places in the United States, so based off the numbers alone, we’re going to have additional people out there doing things that they should not be doing.”
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