Lethal Roads Beyond FLPosted on: May 28, 2020
According to data collected from last year and this, there were 334 fatalities from motor vehicle accidents in Florida during the month of March 2019. That same month this year, the number has decreased by 9.9% to 301 fatalities.
But Florida appears to be among a minority of states showing fatalities dipping, predictably, as a result of COVID-19 quarantines and isolation. Some states have spiked in ways that are surprisingly drastic, such as Connecticut, up 42% from the year before. Lorraine Martin, the NSC president and CEO described an “open season on reckless driving,” expressing concern that with so many open lanes, drivers are taking more risks and endangering more lives.
Right now, in the midst of a global pandemic and crisis, we should take it as our civic duty to drive safely. If we won’t do it for ourselves, we should do it for our first responders, our law enforcement and our healthcare workers, who are rightly focused on coronavirus patients and should not be overwhelmed by preventable car crashes.