In case you’ve been unaware, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) has deemed July “Wrong Way Driving Awareness Month”. It is making a conscious effort to encourage its motorists to “Stay Right at Night” as a means of preventing becoming the potential victim of a wrong way driving crash. The DHSMV has joined forces with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the Florida Sheriffs Association and the Florida Police Chiefs Association to raise awareness.
Last year, there were more than 1,300 wrong way driving crashes in the state, resulting in over 1,400 injuries and close to 100 fatalities. Most of these crashes involved the vehicles being hit head-on, resulting in 81 percent of all wrong way fatalities. Head-on collisions are considered the deadliest and most dangerous crashes.
Per the DHSMV, the drivers involved in wrong way collisions are not necessarily always impaired, which means it is imperative that drivers are educated and prepared on how to avoid becoming a wrong way crash victim.
Remember that the left lane is intended to be used for safely passing vehicles that may be driving slower. Keep right at night and if you happen to spot a wrong way driver, make sure you call 911 immediately and pull off the roadway as soon as it’s safe if necessary.
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