A highly-traveled Florida interstate highway has tragically earned the title “the deadliest road in the country.”
The 132-mile long stretch known as I-4 ranked highest overall in a study conducted by global positioning system company, Teletrac Navman.
Popular with residents, commuters, and tourists, I-4 serves as a connector for the major hubs of Tampa, Orlando, and Daytona Beach.
165 fatalities were recorded on I-4 between 2011 and 2015, making the 1.25 deaths per mile ratio at the top of the country’s list.
According to the study, the second deadliest road was the 285-mile long I-45 which runs from Dallas to Galveston. The statistics for I-45 showed 1.018 deaths per mile from 2011 to 2015.
Florida’s Highway 192 ranked in third place on the list of the deadliest roads in the United States. At just 75 miles long, the Central Florida highway reported 65 deaths within the same time period.
Connecting Sault Ste Marie, Michigan to Miami Lakes, Florida, I-75 documented more than 1,000 deaths on its 1,786 miles of highway.
Interstate 95, which measures nearly 2,000 miles from Miami to Weston, Massachusetts, tallied more than 1,400 deaths according to the survey.
US Hwy 1, from Ft. Kent, Maine to Key West came in #24 on the list. At almost 2,400 miles, the road had 980 deaths reported, making it’s .414 deaths per mile nearly last in the top 25.
The research studied many aspects of fatality rates for the listed roads. It’s data concluded that for Interstate 4, January was the most likely month for deadly accidents. The study also determined that Sunday was the deadliest day of the week, and the hour with the most fatalities was between 2:00 am – 3:00 am.
The statistics for I-95, US1, and the other 23 most dangerous roads in America can be found on Teletrac Navman’s website.
The Florida Highway Patrol say they continue to find the same problems along Florida’s roadways: drivers going too fast, distracted driving, and failure to use caution.
For the safest driving experience, follow the laws of the road, obey speed limits, avoid distractions such as phone calls and texts, and use caution at all times.