Alligator Alley Crash Kills Two in Naples, Florida
NAPLES, FL- Usnews.com writes that the Florida Highway Patrol reported a deadly crash on Alligator Alley. Alligator Alley is a stretch of Interstate 75 that connects Florida’s west and east coasts. The authorities blocked a stretch of the roadway to the east of Naples earlier this week following a crash that killed two people.*
Reports did not indicate how many vehicles were involved, but two people were transported from the crash scene on helicopters.
Traffic in Florida can be deadly. The State ranks as one of the most dangerous for car crashes in the country. The population, a high number of tourists, and the design of the roadways all are considered contributing factors to the State's high number of vehicle collision deaths.
Florida officials acknowledge that the State's roads are dangerous and initiated Arrive Alive, a safety initiative that coordinates traffic agencies across the State in the effort to increase traffic safety.
The program identified what it refers to as “hot spots” where the most accidents occur. These high-risk areas in the State will be selected for engineering projects to improve infrastructure issues. Law enforcement officers will also ensure that they are giving these areas more attention and enforcing traffic laws to prevent risky driving behaviors that lead to accidents. The State will also work on education efforts to keep the public reminded of traffic safety issues.
In addition to statewide efforts, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that around the country, improved safety technology in vehicles is making the roads safer. While improved crash avoidance systems in cars are a welcomed improvement, many older cars on the road do not have this technology. It will be a long time before most vehicles on the road have these systems. Other approaches are needed to reduce traffic deaths in Florida and beyond.
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Sources:https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/florida/articles/2019-11-27/2-dead-following-alligator-alley-crash and https://www.flhsmv.gov/safety-center/arrivealive/