Though there have been 16 accidents at Orlando’s Zoom Air since it opened in July 2012, Florida’s Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection recently said the zip line courses were safe. Despite recent deaths at Orlando amusement parks, the zip line company says they are not concerned, and that their facilities are inspected twice a year.
Those who take Interstate 4 on a daily basis know that the commute can be horrendous. Unfortunately, it’s about to get even worse, as work to overhaul the interstate from Longwood through downtown Orlando and into the Universal area begins next month. The reconstruction of 21 miles is planned to take a total of six years.
On March 27th, a stolen car crashed into several businesses on Orlando’s East Colonial Drive. The vehicle split in half and a teenager fled from the scene. Police are still investigating the accident, and residents are lucky they weren’t in the line of the vehicle when it slammed into the sidewalk and ran into buildings.
In Central Florida, an estimated 1,300 people use a bicycle to get to work each day, and Orlando is no exception. Still, even as more and more people use their bike as their main means of transportation, road planning and safety has not caught up, and Florida has the highest per capita rate of bicycle accidents in the country.
On Monday, March 23, a teen motorist was killed in a single-car crash in Pensacola. The driver drifted onto the shoulder of the road and his vehicle collided with a utility pole, where the force of impact caused the vehicle to roll and eject the driver from the vehicle. The driver was only 15-years-old.
Accidents can happen anytime, and usually when we least expect it. On March 20, a newly retired hospital executive was on vacation in Tampa with his wife when a car hit them while they were walking on the sidewalk. The couple was rushed to the hospital, and though his wife survived, the executive died within hours.
A study from Smart Growth America last year showed that Florida is the most dangerous state in the United States for pedestrians, and the four most dangerous places to walk in the state are Orlando, Tampa, Clearwater and Jacksonville.