While great efforts have been made by the state of Florida to curb the number of DUIs and distracted driving crashes statewide, authorities may be overlooking two important factors leading to accidents in the state.
In 2016, data shows that speeding and aggressive driving were factors in more than 10% of Florida’s fatal crashes. That year, Florida roadways were the scene of 2,935 crashes that resulted in 3,176 fatalities.
Of the 2,935 crashes, aggressive driving, speeding, and in some cases both, were implicated as contributing factors in 393 crashes. Nearly 14% of fatal crashes in Florida during 2016 had speeding or aggressive drivers as a contributing factor.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that a single-vehicle crash has led to a rollover incident in Pasco, resulting in the death of one person.
The crash occurred on Tuesday night just before 9 p.m. in Pasco County.
The driver of the vehicle, identified only as a 58-year-old Zephyrhills woman, was driving eastbound at a high rate of speed on State Road 56. She lost control of the vehicle and then over corrected, causing the vehicle to overturn in the median.
The driver and two passengers identified as a 33-year-old female and a 64-year-old male were all ejected from the vehicle. The driver was killed at the scene. Both passengers suffered from serious injuries. Troopers indicated that no one in the vehicle was wearing seat belts.
In obeyance of its new policy regarding Marsy’s law, the names of those involved in the accident have not been released.