So far this year, eight motorists have crashed into post office buildings in Florida, according to NBC News.
The top causes for the accidents are that drivers step on the gas pedal instead of the brakes or that they accelerate when they believe that the vehicle is in reverse.
In June 2011, an 89-year-old woman drove her 2002 Subaru Outback all the way through a post office building in Oldsmar, the Tampa Bay Times reported. She told police that she had no memory of the accident. Damage to the building was $250,000.
So far in 2012, in Indian Rocks Beach, Wimauma, Goldenrod, Lakeland, and Punta Gorda, five out of the eight accidents that have happened involved drivers mistakenly stepping on the gas instead of the brakes.
To avoid further such accidents, postal officials have released a set of precautions.
Avoid distracted driving, check to see whether your foot is on the gas pedal or the brake pedal, and check to see if the vehicle is in park, reverse, or drive are some of the other precautions that the post office officials offer to drivers.
These precautions are good advice for all of us to follow as we drive on busier streets with more distracted drivers.