Tragic West Palm Beach Crash Kills One in West Palm Beach, Florida
WEST PALM BEACH, FL- palmbeachpost.com writes that a man died in a car crash at the intersection of Military Trail and Okeechobee Boulevard over the weekend. The victim was traveling east in a GMC Yukon SUV in the late morning. At the intersection, the driver slowed to make a right turn onto Military Trail. Another car, identified as a 2017 Hyundai Elantra, was also trying to turn at the intersection.*
The SUV struck the rear of the Hyundai as the Elantra was trying to pass the GMC. The Hyundai stopped in the right turn lane. The victim then sped up and tried to correct, but lost control over his car and veered across the northbound lanes of traffic on Military trail before striking a concrete wall. The SUV skidded for about 150 feet before finally coming to a stop.
Reports identified the driver as a 61-year-old man from Royal Palm Beach.
Florida has received disappointing rankings when it comes to road safety. According to the Advocates for Highway Safety, the Sunshine State falls dead last when it comes to having laws in place to maintain safe roadways. Safety advocates say the state could enact a number of laws that would make the roads less dangerous, including seat belt laws requiring that backseat passengers buckle up.
Since the report was published, the state has made some efforts to reduce distracted driving. Florida recently made texting and driving a primary offense, which means officers can pull over drivers for texting, even in the absence of another offense. The law also prevents using any hand-held electronic device when driving in school or construction zones. Distracted driving is a serious risk to everyone on the road. Many hope the new law will help save lives.
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Sources:https://cbs12.com/news/local/driver-killed-in-crash-in-west-palm-beach and https://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/20200223/man-61-killed-in-crash-near-west-palm-beach and https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2019/12/31/driving-change-new-florida-law-begins-for-texting-and-driving/ and https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/driving-tampa-bay-forward/report-florida-falls-dangerously-behind-on-road-safety-laws