Fatal Pedestrian and Bicycling Accidents Spike in St. Petersburg, Florida
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – Fatal pedestrian and bicycle accidents have spiked in St. Petersburg, Florida, according to an online news report on ABCactionnewscom.*
This year alone, two bicyclists and fourteen pedestrians have tragically died on the streets of St. Petersburg, which is twice as many deaths that occurred at this time last year. By mid-October of 2018, one bicyclist and seven pedestrians were involved in tragic fatal accidents. Three of the pedestrians that were hit and killed this year occurred on the same street, which is 4th Street North, per the St. Petersburg Police Department.
The police indicate that there are a number of factors that have caused the spike in accidents, such as, increasing numbers of people biking and walking, a surge in population, pedestrians and drivers who fail to pay attention, and breaking the law.
Last month, a motorist struck and killed a 25-year-old bicyclist in a crosswalk located on 9th Street. The local police indicated that the driver was distracted while using his GPS device when the catastrophic accident occurred.
The amount of fatalities in St. Petersburg has influenced the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) as well as the University of North Florida to take action. FDOT and the University of North Florida recently awarded St. Petersburg with approximately $80,000 in grant money to fund eight months’ worth of high visibility law enforcement.
According to a sergeant of the St. Petersburg Police, “[i]f everybody just took their time and obeyed the law I think we would reduce the number of fatalities or serious injury crashes.”
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