This study was disappointing to read but I am not surprised as I navigate the roads and see how everyone is so hurried to get to their destination.
Safety concerns over the Brooks Bridge have locals and officials asking questions. It is only a matter of time before the Brooks Bridge will be closed due to safety concerns. Local leaders have already heard from FDOT Secretary Ananth Prasad. Last May, he told area business leaders that the nearly 50-year-old bridge has to be replaced, or that it will eventually get to the point where it is no longer safe for travel. It has been deemed "structurally deficient" by inspectors. According to inspections, the bridge railings do not meet currently acceptable standards or a safety feature is required and none is provided. The approach guardrail ends do not meet acceptable standards and a safety feature is required and none is provided.
Unintentional pedestrian injuries are on the rise, just last week the Northwest Florida Daily News reports that a 12-year-old girl and 18-year-old woman were injured Tuesday when they were hit by a car while crossing Eglin Parkway. They were crossing in a crosswalk near Ninth Avenue when a vehicle turning south onto Eglin struck them. The crash is under investigation, but Cash said the driver's view might have been obstructed by traffic. The 18-year-old was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. The 12-year-old was taken to a Pensacola hospital with head trauma.
A deadly car accident occurred this past Saturday night on U.S. 331, as described by WJHG Channel 7 out of Panama City. According to the FHP report, a 20-year-old male of Owens Cross Road, Alabama was traveling north bound on U.S. 331, while a second driver 55-year-old male from DeFuniak Springs, and a third driver 47-year-old female of Hartford, Alabama were driving south bound on U.S. 331. The young male began drifting into the path of oncoming traffic, and at that time the 55 year-old male swerved in an attempt to avoid the collision but the two collided, causing the truck, driven by the DeFuniak Springs resident, to roll several times. The impact of the collision also caused them to hit the female's Dodge Van on the passenger side. Tragically the 55-year-old male was pronounced dead at Healthmark Hospital in DeFuniak Springs. FHP reports the investigation is ongoing.