According to the Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office, fatalities due to automobile accidents in Jacksonville dropped 15.6 percent from 2010 to 2011. In general, Jacksonville area car wrecks as a whole have dropped by 6.5 percent. At the same time, Jacksonville police officers issued fewer tickets while increasing the number of warnings given to drivers.
Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford said the increase in warnings, rather than citations, has contributed to the decrease in auto accident deaths. Experts attribute the decline to better technology road safety measures, increased seat belt useage, and people driving less due to the economy and high gasoline prices.
Jacksonville’s statistics mirror a national trend of fewer highway deaths. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, as of 2010, the number of traffic fatalities were at an all-time low since 1949.
Still, traffic fatalities and crashes are all too common. In 2011, 103 people died in Jacksonville due to traffic accidents. Let’s hope the trend continues. Getting texting while driving banned would certainly help.