Are the Florida Keys dangerous?

Are the Florida Keys dangerous?

Worse, the Florida stretch of US Highway 1 is ranked as the most hazardous road in the country by Geotab, and the section that passes through the Keys has the highest per capita rate of accidents in the whole state. The main reason for this is that many drivers do not take the highway seriously and frequently drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. There are also many distracted drivers who use their phones or listen to music while driving, which can be just as dangerous as drinking and driving.

However, the Keys are safe when compared to most other parts of Florida and there are much less traffic accidents here than expected. The majority of incidents involve simple fender benders and people being stuck in rutts during stormy weather. These problems can happen anywhere but they're more common in rural areas with poorly maintained roads.

Overall, the Florida Keys are safe, but you must be aware of local conditions at all times. If it's raining or not sunny out, if it's night or day, if you have passengers or not - your best defense against an accident is to take care of the road ahead of you.

What’s the most dangerous interstate in Florida?

Interstate-4 in Florida is the nation's worst route. The roughly 132-mile stretch of I-4 connecting Tampa to Daytona Beach is the only route in the survey with more than one death per mile. Each year, about 45,000 vehicles travel this route at least once.

The number of deaths on Interstate-4 is likely higher because some accidents may not be reported. Also, several factors can lead to a greater risk of dying in an accident, such as heavy traffic, poor road conditions and night driving.

Several other Florida interstates also appear in the list of top 10 deadliest routes. They are: I-75 between Miami and Fort Lauderdale; I-95 near Jacksonville; and I-10 in Los Angeles County.

These are the highest-risk routes based on total numbers of accidents reported to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over the past five years. A larger percentage of those accidents were considered "severe," which means at least one person died in the crash.

There are safer routes too. I-5 between Portland, Oregon, and Seattle has fewer accidents than I-4 in Florida but still has more than one fatal accident per million miles traveled. In addition, I-285 in Virginia and I-80 in California have lower rates of severe accidents than I-4.

Is Florida the most dangerous state for pedestrians?

According to a recent Smart Growth America report, Florida is the most unsafe state in the country for walkers and bicycles. The Cape Coral-Fort Myers metropolitan region is ranked 11th in the 2021 Dangerous by Design Survey, with Orlando claiming the top spot. The survey measures how safe cities are for pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transportation users.

Florida is home to more than 800 miles of sidewalks. However, only 58 percent of those sidewalks are considered safe for walking. The number one reason cited for not having a safe place to walk is the lack of sidewalk coverage near schools.

Crime is also a concern for walkers in Florida. In fact, the Crime Statistics Bureau reports that Florida has the highest rate of pedestrian assaults in the United States. This category includes attacks against people who are not drivers or passengers (such as cyclists) by people who are not passengers (such as motor vehicle occupants). The use of a weapon during the course of a pedestrian assault is common; according to the FBI, guns are used in nearly all cases where weapons are involved in any type of crime.

Florida is also one of the most age discriminatory states when it comes to pedestrian safety. The percentage of people over 65 years old who use sidewalks declines by more than 10 percent between their peak usage ages of 75 and 79.

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Tanya Herbert

Tanya Herbert is a writer and travel enthusiast who has visited over 80 countries. She loves to discover the hidden gems of the world and share them with others. Tanya graduated from college with a degree in English and Creative Writing. She now spends most of her time traveling, writing about her adventures, and teaching English as a second language through online classes.

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