A few months ago we covered the most dangerous highways in the nation: Interstate 4 and US 27. With this being said, have you ever wondered if you live in one of the most dangerous counties in the state?
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Pasco County is home to some of the most dangerous roads – more dangerous than the regional, statewide, and national averages! The Pasco County statistics are grim:
In 2000, 81 people died in fatal crashes
In 2001, 107 people died in fatal crashes
In 2007, 101 people died in fatal crashes
In 2013, 55 people died in fatal crashes
US 19 (in west Pasco) is one of the most dangerous roads in Pasco County. Statistics show that that traffic related deaths are more common here than in the region or state.
What has Pasco County done to lower the numbers?
The statistics ignited the community to take action; signs were upgraded with larger fonts, street lights were installed in unlit routes, pedestrians received blinking lights to carry or wear, and traffic safety blitzes were conducted. Besides these precautions and changes, millions of dollars were spent to improve sidewalks, medians, and turning lanes.
In addition, the city is looking into building an overpass at US 19 and Marine Parkway.
Unfortunately, despite all the efforts and improvements, Pasco County is still the most dangerous – people in Pasco County are dying at a higher rate than on other highway in the nation.
What can you do?
Pasco County’s data from 2016 shows that in that year most deaths were caused by: drunk driving, speeding, running a light, aggressive driving, running a stop sign, and failing to stay in a lane.
If you drive in Pasco be aware of your surroundings – don’t text and drive and keep a safe distance between yourself and other cars. If you walk in Pasco look both ways before crossing the street, wait for the walk man to appear in the crossing signs at intersections, and know of your surroundings.
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