Spring Break is Here – And Bringing an Increase in Car Accidents
Floridians, get ready—spring break is here! For the next few weeks, our cities, roads, and beaches will be inundated with sun-craving, sand-seeking tourists as they escape the chilly north for destinations like Cocoa Beach, Miami, Panama City, and our very own Clearwater Beach. And who can blame them? With pristine beaches, pleasant weather, and great hospitality, Florida is the perfect place for anyone looking to unwind. But for locals Floridians, the spring break season can be anything but relaxing.
The History of Spring Break
If you’re a Floridian who dreads the arrival of spring breakers, you have the ancient Greeks and Romans to blame. Both societies receive credit for some of the earliest springtime celebrations, when wild festivals were held to usher in the new season of fertility and awakening. In the United States, spring break became a tradition in the 1930s, when swim teams from northern college began to make springtime treks to Fort Lauderdale. However, the term “spring break” wasn’t popularly used until 1959.
What Makes Spring Break So Dangerous?
Spring break is a time-honored tradition, but it isn’t always a great time for everyone. In fact, it’s actually an incredibly dangerous time for young drivers. During spring break, there is a 9.1% spike in traffic deaths, and the majority of victims are under the age of 25. This spike is not seen in other holiday periods, like the winter break. This shows that spring break, which is known for its wild drinking and partying, is a particularly deadly time.
Spring break is dangerous for a variety of reasons. First of all, there is more traffic on the roads, and more cars means a natural increase in accidents. Many spring breakers come from out of state, and might not know local road rules or laws, leading to wrong-way accidents, sudden breaks or turns, or simple chaos on the roads. The fact that spring breakers love to party does not help the situation, either! After a day at the beach, many drivers are drowsy from the sun and fun, or might have even enjoyed a refreshing drink or two while relaxing. When drowsy or intoxicated drivers get behind the wheel, they can cause catastrophes for everyone around them.
Tips for a Safe Spring Break
To keep the roads safe in Tampa Bay during spring break, here are some tips for our resident spring breakers:
- Don’t drink and drive or get into a vehicle with someone who has been drinking
- Do not supply alcohol to anyone under the age of 21—it’s illegal and irresponsible
- Use an Uber or taxi or rely on public transportation
- Take breaks when driving for long period of time and rotate drivers for long trips
- Know your route ahead of time and program your GPS, so you do not have to look down at your phone while driving
Of course, locals should follow the rules of the road at all times, too! This time of year, spring breakers might be to blame for the increase in accidents, but even locals should remember to follow these safety driving tips.
Happy spring break!
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