Tragic Crash Involving Drunk Driver Kills Woman in Florida
ST. PETERSBURG, FL- Cbs17.com writes that a drunk driver ran through a red light and killed another motorist at an intersection in Florida this week. The incident occurred at 18th Avenue South and 22nd Street South in the late evening.*
Police report that a 23-year-old man was traveling on 18th Street when he drove through a red light and struck a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. Responders transported both of the drivers to the Bayfront Health-St. Petersburg, where the 38-year-old woman driving the Malibu, was declared dead.
Officers stated that the young man showed indications of being under the influence of alcohol. The man was arrested for DUI manslaughter, vehicular homicide, possession of marijuana, and a violation of his probation.
According to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, in 2018, 311 people died crashes in the state of Florida that involved a drunk or otherwise impaired driver. In total, 2,958 people died in vehicle collisions in the state that year.
Florida consistently ranks poorly among the 50 states when it comes to traffic-related complications. Many in the state feel that the roads are designed for cars, not for people or safety. Fast-moving traffic is permitted in many areas and increases the risks of injuries and fatalities caused by vehicle collisions.
Efforts to make the roads safer will require a combination of efforts from law enforcement, road designers, and the public. The state’s Complete Streets program has existed for many years, and yet the number of fatal traffic incidents remains high. It appears that drastic measures will likely be needed for Florida to increase safety for all users of the road.
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Sources:https://www.cbs17.com/news/police-drunk-driver-runs-red-light-kills-woman-in-florida-crash/ and https://www.flhsmv.gov/traffic-crash-reports/crash-dashboard/ and https://www.fdot.gov/roadway/csi/default.shtm and https://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/2019/09/18/florida-most-dangerous-state-walking-pedestrians-smart-growth-america-roads/2363941001/