The Deadly Side Of Orlando's Growth

The region's roads simply haven't been designed to handle the crush of people now using them, and as a result the area now has the highest level of traffic fatalities in the nation.
December 19, 2001, 6am PST | Christian Madera | @cpmadera
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Orlando and Orange County had more fatal traffic accidents per person last year than any other major urban area in the country, according to a just-released report from a highway interest group. TRIP researchers attribute the numbers to Orlando's explosive growth, its flood of tourists, good weather - it draws walkers and bikers - and the large number of older drivers. The region's roads, they say, simply haven't been designed to handle the crush of people now using them. "Roads are built for a certain level of traffic," said TRIP spokesman Paul Haaland. "And you're seeing exponential growth beyond that."

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Published on Tuesday, December 18, 2001 in The Orlando Sentinel
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