Until earlier this year, Florida roadways were often congested and slow. People commuting to and from work and other activities made getting to your destination a frustrating process.
Earlier this year, as more people started working from home in response to pandemic mandates, the roadways began to see fewer commuters. The motorists that remained saw an opportunity to make their drive faster than ever before.
This is what has changed on Florida roadways and why it is dangerous.
Drivers feeling the need to speed
Driving through traffic is often a process of looking for opportunities to make up for time spent stuck behind a long line of vehicles. Many times, when drivers see an open section of road they will take advantage of the chance to make up for previous backups along the way.
With fewer vehicles on the road, Florida drivers are seeing opportunities for a faster commute more often. However, instead of staying within the speed limit, drivers are going faster than ever. Police reported that they are writing more citations, including tickets for going over 100 mph.
Fast cars mean faster, more dangerous collisions. Not only are drivers traveling faster than before, they are also driving at speeds they are not accustomed to driving. When driving especially fast you have much less time to react, and small speed adjustments have bigger consequences.
While Florida is not currently seeing an increase in traffic fatalities, speeding is still dangerous and collisions resulting from high rates of speed mean bigger crashes.
In addition to dangerous collisions, when you drive far above the speed limit you could face hefty fines and a significant impact on your insurance rates. There are serious consequences for excessive speeding, and some of them are deadly.