So we had three major wrecks in two days this past week on Highway One. I got slightly delayed on my way home by one of them and my wife was two hours late to work because of the other one. They were completely preventable and two lives were lost. That's a lot for the Florida Keys.Wreck One involved some goof driving a 21 mph golf cart on the Highway in violation of common sense and Florida law which says you can only drive such vehicles, licensed and tagged on streets with a speed limit no higher than 35 mph. That stretch was 55 mph and a Sheriff's Deputy rear ended the cart and killed the driver who was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt. Jeez!
Wreck two involved an 85 year old driver who hit a trucker who was checking his 18 wheeler by the side of the road. The car ploughed into the truck driver, scraped him up on the hood and through the windshield where the driver's lady wife was sitting. 400 feet later the driver pulled into the gas station, shaken but unhurt. The trucker died. The driver has no memory according to the press of what exactly happened. Jeez!!
In case number three a man his wife and their baby were driving to Key West in a rented Ford Escape. The driver, after 24 hours straight behind the wheel fell asleep and ploughed into an oncoming 18 wheeler. Everyone survived but the SUV people flew to Miami while the truck driver was hauled to the hospital on Stock Island. A vacation ruined but at least no one died.Wrecks happen and when they happen in the keys everyone feels it one way or another. Most of us make mistakes and get away with it, and then every now and again we don't. I keep hearing from people who play with motorcycles about passive safety devices, things that make people feel safer when they take their occasional rides. Common sense seems like it would be a really handy safety device to pack as well. I would really like it if we could go through a short spell with no more accidents at all, at least for a while.