Lee County first responders are banding together in a joint effort to reduce holiday travel risks.
FOX4 News reported local safety crews joined together for a 4D press conference. In addition to focusing on drinking, drugs and distracted driving, the effort will also highlight the risks of drowsy driving.
There have been 89 deadly accidents on Lee County roads as of late November.
“We have 89 families that are missing someone. Until that hits your home, you may not feel it. But the unfortunate reality is last year in the state, we lost 3,174 lives. That should rock us all to our heels,” said Lt. Greg Bueno.
The effort is being supported by the Florida Highway Patrol, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Cape Coral Police Department, Fort Myers Police Department and the Lee County Trauma District.
Our Fort Myers injury lawyers continue to urge motorists to use extra caution through the holiday travel season.
4Ds of Traffic Safety in Southwest Florida
The safety effort highlights four of the most common causes of traffic collisions in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties.
Drunk Driving: We have long support the efforts of Mothers Against Drunk Driving and local law enforcement, including sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, to reduce the risk of drunk driving. These risks reach their annual peak through the New Year’s holiday. There is simply no excuse for getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
Drugged Driving: Of increasing concern is the number of motorists on the road who are under the influence of prescription or illicit narcotics. The opioid epidemic and the increasing permissiveness of marijuana laws make drugged drivers a growing risk on the roads of Southwest Florida. Legally, these can be complex cases as proving intoxication can be a more challenging process.
Distracted Driving: The holiday season in Southwest Florida coincides with the beginning of the long winter tourism season. It is imperative that motorists focus on the task of driving. Large numbers of visitors on the roads make driving defensively and with vigilance your best defense against being involved in a serious or fatal collision.
Drowsy Driving: This often overlooked risk is believe to rival drunk drivers and distracted drivers when it comes to accident causation. Early darkness and the demands of the holidays combine to increase the risks. Younger drivers, including college students who are returning home or those making their first extended road trip, face some of the highest risks.
Our injury lawyers in Fort Myers and Cape Coral urge you to take seriously the risks of the road and do your part to make the roads safer. Committing to the task of safe driving not only reduces your risks of being involved in a collision, it also lessens the likelihood you will be found responsible for causing a serious or fatal accident.
If you or a loved one is injured, call Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys for the Injured, at 1-800-646-1210.