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Staying Alive on I-75

Attorney David I. Fuchs

Author

Attorney David I. Fuchs

Date

May. 24, 2014

Category

Car Accident Law

Last month, Florida Highway Patrol troopers rolled out a new program for the safety of the coming summer months, in efforts to follow the new national initiatives for safe driving practices. Titled “Staying Alive on I-75,” the program will be targeting distracted driving and other habits that take a driver’s attention off the road and endanger everyone. Car accident lawyers in Fort Lauderdale hope that a widespread focus on driving safety will engage Florida’s residents in conversation and encourage better habits. 

“Staying Alive on I-75” is combining the efforts of Florida troopers with law enforcement officials from several other states, who will all be working together to reduce crash-related injuries and fatalities by 15 percent on one of the country’s longest and most dangerous highways. Interstate 75, the seventh longest interstate highway, stretches over 1,786 miles from Miami, Florida, through Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan, ending at the Ontario border. From Florida’s Turnpike junction in Wildwood to Macon, Georgia, the highway is six lanes across.

Over the past four years, almost 50 fatal accidents have occurred in the Florida portion of the interstate, in the five-county area around Collier, Charlotte, Lee, Sarasota, and Manatee counties. This year alone, there have been six fatal crashes on the highway.  Last year, Florida’s safety commissioners launched a similar initiative to help reduce fatalities caused by distracted and unsafe driving on Interstate 10 in Tallahassee and other areas of the country, and officials hope that Staying Alive on I-75 will have similar results. 

In a press conference, FHP spokesman Lt. Greg Bueno said that the initiative is a “public awareness campaign, it’s a public education campaign.” He stressed the patrol’s hopes to raise awareness about the danger of distracted driving, and pointed out that this behavior is not limited to “just being on the phone. It’s eating, it’s engaging in intensive arguments, it’s having your mind on work”—any activity that causes you to stop focusing on the road in front of you, and lose sight (sometimes literally) of your surroundings, including traffic signs, other vehicles, and unexpected impediments. 

So far, patrols have been scheduled as part of the initiative for the weekends of June 27 through June 29, September 26 through September 28, and December 26 through December 28. According to Bueno, these weekends were selected not because there are more anticipated drivers or crashes at those times, but because they fall on quarters of the year, and will provide a sample of full-year driving activity. Troopers will be monitoring driving activity using aircraft, and each weekend patrol will focus on an aspect of unsafe driving that needs to be eliminated. 

At the Law Offices of David I Fuchs, a personal injury lawyer in Florida, we urge drivers to use caution and to always drive carefully and responsibly. If you have been injured in a car accident, or have lost a loved one due to a traffic accident that was caused by someone else, contact David Fuchs today to discuss your legal options for receiving financial compensation and restitution for any expenses or suffering you may have experienced.