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Fatal Accidents Declining in Gadsden County

By: GCSO Release
By: GCSO Release

Gadsden County, Florida - April 19, 2011 -

Speech from Gadsden County Fatal Accident Press Conference:

We have assembled here today to emphasize our continued
collective efforts to decrease the number of traffic fatalities in
Gadsden County. I would like to start off by personally thanking
the Florida Highway Patrol, the Florida Department of
Transportation, Quincy Police Department, Gretna Police
Department, Havana Police Department, Chattahoochee Police
Department, Greensboro Police Department and the Community
Safety Team for their continued efforts in making Gadsden
County safe through traffic enforcement and education. In these
tough economic times and limited resources, we all have to do
our part in combating this problem together.

Little parts put together make huge machines which allow
industries to mass produce products that we use daily. With this
concept, from state to the local level combining efforts and
resources, we have significantly decreased the number of traffic
fatalities over the past 5 years in Gadsden County. In 2005 I
became particularly concerned after losing 28 lives due to traffic
crashes. After meeting with the families of these victim’s, which
had become too frequent, together we decided that enough was
enough.

In 2006 there were 24 traffic fatalities, 2007 there were 13, 2008
there were 21, 2009 there were 12, 2010 there were 9 and so far
in 2011 there are only 2. Although we have seen a decline over
the years, the truth is, 1 is just too many. Families shouldn’t
have to suffer a loss because their children decided they wanted to play in the front lawn only to be mowed down by a drunk
driver. Mothers and fathers traveling on vacations with their
families shouldn’t have to meet a tragic end because of speeders
traveling the highways without regard to others. Drivers too
have a part in the mass production concept to improve traffic
safety by refraining from distractions, obeying the traffic law,
and being alert while driving. Responsible drivers are the oil that
helps this machine run smoothly within our community.
We must remember that driving is a privilege that should be
taken seriously day to day. It takes but a moment to lose
someone we love due to negligence while driving, but together
we can all make a difference and keep our streets safe. So, again
I say to you all, THANK YOU FOR A JOB WELL DONE IN
MAKING OUR STREETS, HIGHWAYS AND
INTERSTATES A SAFER PLACE TO TRAVEL IN
GADSDEN COUNTY.

OTHER PRESENTERS:

COL. DAVID H. BRIERTON, FLORIDA HIGHWAY PATROL

COL. DAVID A. DEES, DOT MOTOR CARRIER COMPLIANCE

MR. JOE LEWIS, COMMUNITY SAFETY TEAM

CLOSING REMARKS

SHERIFF MORRIS A. YOUNG


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