According to WEAR Channel 3, two Milton residents were killed in a car crash recently in Santa Rosa County around 3:13 a.m. A 32-year-old female was driving a Ford Expedition east on Interstate 10 (Stare Road 8) east of mile marker 19 when the right side tires went off the pavement and onto the grass shoulder. Authorities say the driver over-corrected and drove across the eastbound lanes and overturned after crashing into a temporary concrete barrier wall. Both the driver and her 34-year-old passenger were taken to Sacred Heart Hospital and died from their injuries. According to the FHP, neither were wearing seat belts.
The holidays are a wonderful time to be with family and friends. However it is also a very busy time on Florida’s roadways. Keeping you and your family safe is a top priority for the Florida Highway Patrol. Protect your family, your friends and yourself by following these tips:
- Buckle up. A seatbelt is your vehicle’s most important safety feature, but only works if you use it. Nighttime is especially deadly for unbuckled occupants. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 59 percent of passenger vehicle occupants were killed at night (6 p.m. – 5:59 a.m.) who were not wearing their seat belts.
- Florida law requires the use of seat belts by front seat occupants (regardless of age) and all children under the age of 18.
- Children ages 4 and 5 must ride in a child seat OR booster seat.
Nationwide, the seat belt use rate is at an all-time high of 87 percent. In 2013, there were 9,580 unbuckled occupants killed in crashes-49 percent of all passenger vehicle occupants killed that year. At night, the numbers are even more disturbing.