December signals the beginning of the deadliest season for motor vehicle crashes in Southwest Florida, according to the News-Press.
Local law enforcement agencies, nonprofits, and healthcare providers have dedicated December to raising safe-driving awareness.
The county commissioner has announced the official start of 4D Prevention Month – designed to prevent drunk, drugged, drowsy, and distracted driving. 3D Prevention Month is a nationwide event, and Southwest Florida has added distracted driving as its 4th D.
Traffic fatalities in Lee County have increased by almost 17 percent since this time last year. There have been 65 deaths so far this year, compared with 54 at the beginning of December 2010.
The injury prevention manager for Lee Memorial Health System said that the increase is worrisome because the dangerous holiday season has just barely begun.
For the traffic fatalities Lee Memorial Trauma Center saw in 2009 and 2010, 50 percent of the drivers had a blood-alcohol level over the legal limit and 30 percent tested positive for marijuana or cocaine.
Drunk and drugged driving are only part of the problem. The executive director of Stay Alive…Just Drive!, said that he has seen drivers swerve as if they were drunk while using cell phones.
“They’re no longer just texting. They’re checking emails, they’re Googling, they’re posting on Facebook. It’s scary,” he said.
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