Traffic is Down in Florida, But Speeding is Up
The coronavirus pandemic has caused sickness for more than 1.6 million Americans. For many, it has even led to death. It has also caused millions of Americans to lose their jobs. Businesses have shut down. Schools are operating on distance learning for the time being.
Another effect of COVID-19 is less traffic. While this may seem like a good thing for commuters, it has also led to excessive speeding. No, drivers aren’t going 10-15 miles over the speed limit. Many are going 30+ miles above the limit and exceeding speeds of 100 miles per hour.
It’s a serious matter. These reckless drivers are causing serious car accidents—some which have led to fatality. The speed of these drivers is also concerning to other motorists on the roadways. They are afraid of getting hit by these vehicles at such high speeds. In addition, pedestrians, bicyclists and those on scooters face dangers of these speeding motorists.
So why are people speeding? It’s not because they’re late. It’s simply because they can. With Florida implementing stay-at-home orders, just like the other 49 states, here is much less traffic on the roadways. Because there’s no congestion to slow them down, the roads are clear and drivers are ready to channel their inner race car driver.
Not only that, but many people use driving as an outlet. After being cooped up for about two months, people are stressed out. They’re tired of being in their homes 24/7. They may be anxious about losing their job or dealing with family members. Driving allows them to release pent-up stress and anger, but some take it too far and get too aggressive, endangering themselves and others.
According to The Ticket Clinic, which has 31 locations in Florida, the number of traffic citations in the state over the past month has been below average. However, the number of speeding tickets has increased. On top of that, the speed is much higher than usual. Some tickets include 115 in a 70 mph zone and 111 in a 65 mph zone. One was even 120 in a 70 mph zone—a whopping 50 miles over the speed limit.
While driving is seen as a stress reliever for some, speeding comes with dangerous consequences. Excessive speed can cause a driver to lose control, which can lead to serious and even fatal accidents. It’s important that drivers stay safe, regardless of road conditions, and slow down.
Seek Help for Your Car Accident Case
Car accidents can happen for a variety of reasons, and speed is one of them. Going too fast makes it hard to slow down, which means a vehicle can hit a pole, center divider, tree or even other vehicles.
If your car crash was caused by speed, you need legal help right away. Get help from the Dade City & Zephyrhills auto accident lawyers at Mander Law Group. We will fight for your legal rights and help you get compensation for damages such as medical bills, lost wages, property damage, and pain and suffering. Get started with a free consultation. Call our office at (800) 557-0411 today.