DUI Hotspots In Tampa Bay

Every weekend in Hillsborough County, officers are working to prevent DUI-related crashes. Regrettably, Robin Powell wasn’t so lucky. She spent four years learning to walk again after a drunk driver hit her head on 14 years ago. At the same time, Powell is one of more than 11,000 Floridians injured every year in drunk driving related wrecks. When it comes to DUI collisions, some areas are more dangerous than others and are considered hotspots.

The ABC Action Investigation Team examined 14,000 DUI crash records involving injuries and/or fatalities in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties dating back to 2010. They were able to isolate the 10 most dangerous intersections in each county. Not surprisingly, several of the areas are heavily traveled roads located near bars.

Hotspots & Counties:

Hillsborough County

  • In Hillsborough County, the Howard Franklin Bridge at West Shore Plaza, I-75 at State Road 60 and East Hillsborough Avenue at Orient Road made the list. However, I-275 at I-4 ranks as the number one DUI hot spot with 34 crashes that left 13 injured and two dead.

Pinellas County

  • Four different intersections on US 19 between Palm Harbor and Clearwater made the top 10 list in Pinellas County but 34th Street North and Ulmerton took the top spot with 36 drunk driving crashes in which two people were killed and 18 others were injured.

Pasco County

  • In Pasco County, US 19 at Sunray Drive and US 19 at state Road 595 totaled 21 injuries and 44 accidents. I-75 at State Road 54 in Wesley chapel rounded out the top three with 19 crashes, 8 injuries and one fatality [1].

Tampa No. 24 in Cities with Highest Fatal Alcohol Car Crashes

Information summarized and founded by NerdWallet show how DUIs cost a lot to both humans and finances. In only 2012, 10,322 people were killed in alcohol-related vehicle crashes. There’s also the stunning financial cost of drunk driving—an estimated $199 billion a year in the US. And the monetary load after receiving a DUI can be a major hurdle for drivers, who have to pay costly fines and court expenditures, only to then pay again after their car insurance premiums increase.

Drivers in some cities are disproportionately affected by these costs. For example, you are likely to encounter a drunk driver in Tulsa, Oklahoma, than in San Francisco, California. Even so, the cities with the utmost number of fatal alcohol-related vehicle crashes per capita aren’t the cities where drivers see the steepest auto insurance increases after receiving a DUI.

Using date from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NerdWallet analyzed the 150 largest U.S. cities and found the placed with the most fatal alcohol-related car accidents per capita. The writers also used NerdWallet data to find the average car insurance premium increase drivers will have to pay after receiving a DUI. At the national level, we found no correlation between high rates of fatal crashed involving alcohol and cities where drivers experience steep car insurance increases after they receive DUIs.

Here are some key findings:

  • Six of the 10 cities with the most fatal alcohol-related car crashed per capita are cities where drivers see lower car insurance rate increases after they receive DUIs.
  • The national average car insurance premium increase after receiving a DUI is 75.3% a year. However, the range of percentage increase varies greatly. For example, drivers in San Bernardino, California, see a 135.06% increase each year, but drivers in Omaha, Nebraska see a 3.76% increase.
  • The national average dollar increase for insurance premiums after a DUI is $857.53 a year, but the extra cost can range from $5,996.20 in Detroit, Michigan, to $45.26 in Omaha, Nebraska [2].

The news of DUIs have become an unfortunate norm around not only Tampa Bay, but the entire nation. Moreover, these selfish acts are not only dangerous to motorists, but also to the officers who try to stop them.

Local Story

In a story in the Tampa Tribune, a Pasco County woman faces DUI and aggravated assault charges after she nearly struck a police officer with a car in an attempt to flee from a traffic stop before backing into a cruiser on Thursday, authorities said. The woman, Lisa Myers of New Port Richey, was driving northbound on US19, at Marine Parkway when a deputy saw her falling asleep behind the wheel, the Pasco County Sheriff’s office said.

In an attempt to conduct a traffic stop, a police deputy followed suit and eventually, she stopped near a New Port Richey police officer, who got out of his vehicle to ensure she remained at a stop. However, Myers raced toward the officer—forcing him to leap out of the way—before speeding up and driving up the median, deputies said.

After deputies and the officer pursued her at about 40 mph, she drove into the parking lot of the New Port Richey Police Department, then drove over a curb and onto the lawn before backing up and slamming in a police cruiser, deputies said.

While no injuries were reported, Myers faces charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing to elude with disregard of safety to person or property, three counts of aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, fleeing to elude police, driving under the influence, DUI with property damage, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage, and reckless driving [3].

Dolman Law Group

DUIs are something that are inevitable and with Tampa on the list of top alcohol-related crashes, you need an experienced attorney who can handle the case and get you the compensation that you deserve. Therefore, if you or a loved one has been involved in a DUI accident, Dolman Law Group offers a completely free consultation and case evaluation to inform you of your rights and possible courses of action to take. We also offer a confident, “No Recovery, No Fee” promise to our clients, enabling your peace of mind knowing that you aren’t obligated to pay us anything until we achieve a pay out to you. Call us today at (727) 853-6275.

Dolman Law Group
5435 Main Street
New Port Richey, FL 34652
(727) 853-6275

https://www.dolmanlaw.com/legal-services/drunk-driving-dui-attorneys/

References:

[1] http://www.abcactionnews.com/money/consumer/taking-action-for-you/where-are-you-most-likely-to-encounter-a-drunk-driver-in-tampa-bay-action-news-tracks-dui-hot-spots
[2] https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/insurance/fatal-dui-crash-insurance/
[3] http://www.tbo.com/pasco-county/deputies-pasco-woman-nearly-crashes-into-officer-slams-into-cruiser-20160107/

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