What makes I-75 so dangerous?
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating two separate fatal crashes on the same stretch of I-75 from Friday.
FHP Lt. Patrick Riordan said the high volume of crashes on the interstate is partly because of the amount of people that use it each day. "I-75 is a main corridor through not only Marion County, Alachua County, Central, North Central Florida, but it's a gateway to the rest of the state," said Riordan. "Thus far in 2017, in Alachua County, we've had 22 fatal crashes in Alachua County, and four of those have been on the interstate."
FHP Trooper Joseph Loffredo says he spends a lot of his shift covering the highway.
"Here in Alachua County, I would say that... it has the most potential to be dangerous," said Loffredo. He said many of the accidents they respond to are a culmination of many things, situations that can easily be avoided. "It's that guy who's driving fast, who's not using his blinker, and then it takes that person doing that and someone else looking at their phone."
When FHP officers make traffic stops, Loffredo said many people do not abide by the Florida Move Over Law that was put in place eleven years ago. The law requires that people move out of the lane closest to an officer or emergency vehicle if it's stopped on the side of the road. Loffredo said people who don't move over are not only breaking the law, but making the roads more dangerous for everyone.
"I don't do this job to write tickets, said Loffredo. "I do this job to hopefully change driving behavior."
Whether the troopers issues tickets or warnings, they said goal is to get people to slow down and pay attention, so these accidents don't continue to happen.