Marion County, Florida – The number of people who have been killed in traffic-related crashes (including automobile accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents) in Marion County so far this month is startling.
Eight traffic related deaths have been reported already this month by the Florida Highway Patrol and the Ocala Police Department. There were only five fatalities during the entire month of February last year and only six in during that month in 2006.
The Florida Highway Patrol has recorded 18 deaths arising from motor vehicle accidents from Jan. 1 through Feb. 14. They only recorded seven fatalities between January 1st and February 15th in 2006 and 12 in 2007.
FHP Captain Jeff Succi said that there was no pattern to the fatal crashes and no specific location where they occurred.
Captain Succi was reminded of 2003 which was a particularly bad year for traffic homicides. In that year, 15 people were killed in vehicle crashes within the county during the month of February. Traffic related fatalities reached a record 119 that year.
Succi said, drivers and passengers should always wear seat belts because they can reduce the severity of injuries in the event of an accident. He also cautioned that drivers should avoid being in a hurry.
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