JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The past few days have been deadly on roadways across the First Coast, however recent crashes go against the current trend.
Preliminary data from the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles shows fatal crashes are on the decline in 2013. There have been 2,202 statewide to date. That compares to 2,313 during the same time period in 2012. In all of 2012, there were 2,427 fatal traffic crashes in Florida.
County by county
When it comes to specific counties on the First Coast, fatal crashes are rising in some areas. Duval County has had 131 fatal crashes year to date, which is up 17 percent from the 112 during the same time last year.
St. Johns County is also seeing an increase, although it is smaller. The county has had 29 fatal crashes in 2013, which is up 12 percent compared to 26 during the same time frame in 2012.
Clay, Nassau and Putnam Counties have each seen a drop in fatal crashes.
Sgt. Dylan Bryan with Florida Highway Patrol said serious crashes are common during the holiday season. Adding, more people are traveling on the roads and often become distracted by other things.
This week alone, multiple people have died in crashes in Nassau and Duval Counties and in Glynn County, Georgia.
Bryan said patrol officers will be out in force during the busy travel time leading up to Christmas. Specifically, he said officers will be looking for drunk and impaired drivers.
AAA estimates about 95 million people will be going at least 50 miles away for the holidays this year.
The Florida Highway Patrol has offered tips to help you drive safely.
First Coast News