These fatal accidents and near-misses – along with the Department of Transportation’s efforts to warn potential wrong-way drivers to turn around – underscore a much bigger problem across the state of Florida.
West Palm Beach, FL (PRWEB) October 17, 2014
Commenting on a recent Tampa Tribune news report about Florida’s upward trend in wrong-way driver accidents and state efforts to prevent fatal car crashes, West Palm Beach car accident lawyer David J. Glatthorn said today it is each driver’s responsibility to drive safely and avoid impairments on Florida roads and highways.
Glatthorn, an attorney in West Palm Beach for over 30 years, based his comments on an Oct. 2 article published in the Tampa Tribune. The article, “Signs going up to warn wrong-way drivers,” revealed state Department of Transportation (DOT) efforts to curb accidents involving wrong-way drivers that include flashing signs at exit ramps.
According to the Tampa Tribune, 11 wrong-way drivers have been killed in five car crashes in the Tampa area alone since February, many of which involving drunk drivers. Several others were arrested on drunk driving charges after being stopped by police while traveling the wrong way on a highway.
“These fatal accidents and near-misses – along with the Department of Transportation’s efforts to warn potential wrong-way drivers to turn around – underscore a much bigger problem across the state of Florida,” said Glatthorn. “Drunk driving is a serious public safety concern that puts everyone sharing the road in danger.”
The Tampa Tribune reports that the Florida DOT began installing solar-powered, red and white-flashing “Wrong Way” signs at highway exit ramps in early October. Additional non-flashing “Wrong Way” signs have also been installed at intersections deemed to be problematic by law enforcement officials.
The article revealed that the Florida Highway Patrol has issued over 100 wrong-way citations in West Central Florida alone since 2010. Arrests include two wrong-way, alcohol-related arrests within 26 hours of signs being installed on Florida roads and highways, according to the article.
“Driving drunk impairs judgment. As this article illustrates, it can impair judgment to a point in which drivers steer into traffic at an onramp and travel – possibly at a high rate of speed – the opposite direction on a highway,” said Glatthorn. “The installation of these signs is an important preventative effort, but all drivers must do their part and avoid getting behind the wheel after drinking.”
About David Glatthorn Law
David Glatthorn is the sole practitioner at his West Palm Beach law firm. He handles cases involving car accidents, truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, negligent security, wrongful death, and other personal types of personal injury cases. David Glatthorn graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Florida in 1977 and a J.D. with honors from Florida State University School of Law in 1980. He has proudly served victims of personal injuries since 1980.
Attorney Glatthorn is also a member of the prestigious Million Dollar Advocates Forum, reserved for the 1% of lawyers nationwide who have received a verdict or settlement worth $1 million or more. In addition, David Glatthorn is a Board Certified Trial Lawyer, a distinction achieved by only 4% of Florida attorneys.
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David Glatthorn Law is located at 506 Datura St, West Palm Beach, FL 33401.