In the Tampa Bay area, we see how dangerous some roads can be. However, once you see the data compared to the rest of the country, something stands out.
It’s easy to look at numbers and see a pattern. If you look at the numbers in Pasco County, you’ll find the stretch of US-19 that has something other roads don’t have. That is the high level of danger for pedestrians.
In a study that ran through 2016, there were more deaths on the Pasco County stretch of US-19 than any other place in the country. The studies have been done using data from the Florida Department of Transportation and the United States Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
According to vox.com, the grim data showed 48 deaths on that stretch of highway from 2017 through June of 2022. They found that of all the 60 “hot spots” on the list for pedestrian fatalities, 6 were in Pasco County.
If you’ve driven that stretch of road, or walked near it, you’d find fast moving traffic and few crosswalks, according to vox.com. What can the state and federal Departments of Transportation do to help fix it? We’ll have to wait and see.
1/ They are easy to miss at first, unless you’re looking for them. But then you start to see them everywhere: the roadside memorials for people killed along US-19.— Vox (@voxdotcom) July 25, 2022
Located in Pasco County, Florida, US-19 is the deadliest road in America. https://t.co/M6bQPSvaZ9 pic.twitter.com/Bi6WGjIcp1