car crashes

Governor Ron DeSantis speaks at podium on high school lawn
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Beginning in July, Florida police can pull over drivers they suspect of texting while driving. That’s according to a bill signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis Friday.

Today, driving is arguably safer than ever been before.

Modern vehicles now boast a number of safety features, including blind spot monitoring, driver alertness detection systems and emergency braking. Additionally, highway engineering has improved over the last several decades. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called motor vehicle safety one of the top 10 U.S. public health achievements of the 20th century. Photo

The Florida Highway Patrol has identified the driver who went the wrong way down an interstate and killed five people, including himself.

Officials say 28-year-old Daniel Lee Morris was behind the wheel of a Ford Expedition and drove the wrong way down Interstate 275 in Tampa early Sunday morning.

Witness: Car in USF Students' Crash 'Flew By Me'

Feb 11, 2014

Troopers today were reviewing evidence from the horrific wreck, which also killed the driver of the SUV. Who he is and why he was driving the wrong way early Sunday morning remained unanswered questions. One key to the answers: Which entrance onto the interstate did the driver take to end up going south in the northbound lanes — or did he make a U-turn across the interstate median somewhere before he slammed his 2001 Ford Expedition into the midsize 2010 Hyundai Sonata near the Busch Boulevard interchange. Killed in the Sonata were Jobin Joy Kuriakose, 21, of Orlando, Ankeet Harshad Patel, 22, of Melbourne, Imtiyaz Ilias, 20, of Fort Myers, and Dammie Yesudhas, 21, of Melbourne.

Florida Sees Increase in Hit & Runs

Feb 18, 2013

The Florida Highway Patrol is seeing an increase in hit and run crashes in the state. In 2011, there were 65,516 hit and runs. Last year, that number rose to 69,994.

To help combat the problem, officials are launching a Hit & Run Campaign trying to educate motorists on the responsibilities of being in an accident.

FHP says when you're involved in a vehicle accident, remember the word CRASH: