As if Central Florida car accidents weren’t common enough, the dangerous pastime of illegal street racing is making a comeback. The Orlando Sentinal reports that illegal street racing accidents and injuries are on the rise. The Orange County Sheriff’s office is working to curb the reckless and dangerous fad. One hot spot is Orange Blossom Trail, where race car driver wannabees gather at midnight.
Police say that the reckless roadsters come from all over Central Florida, including Polk, Volusia, and Osceola counties. Street racers initially favored the area because of the straightaways and lightly populated neighborhoods. But as the area has developed, illegal streetcar racing has gotten more and more dangerous. The chances of car accidents have increased. Sherrif’s deputies say that their crackdown is working. Law enforcement officers have issued hundreds of citations and made dozens of arrests.
Street Racing Accidents Injury and Death
Street racers don’t always wait until midnight. A 24-year-old woman and her 21-month-old baby were recently killed in Tampa when they were hit by a car racing with another in the middle of the afternoon. Police say the woman, who was visiting from Ohio, was pushing her baby across the street in a stroller. Police charged the two teenaged drivers involved with unlawful racing on the highway, as well as vehicular homicide.
In South Florida, one activist is trying other approaches to preventing illegal street accidents besides stepped up law enforcement. With the local, unofficial drag strip on State Road 7 becoming a dangerous racing locale, safety advocate Mario Ojito decided to offer another venue. His organization, ‘Street Racing Made Safe’ arranged for thrill seekers to be able to race at Palm Beach International Raceway. A recent race drew several hundred spectators — and likely prevented a lot of accidents and injuries.
If an accident due to reckless or negligence has caused harm to you or a loved one, contact the Orlando car accident attorneys at Martinez Manglardi, PA. We’ve been helping Central Florida accident victims for more than 30 years. Call 407-846-2240 for a free consultation. Offices throughout Central Florida.