Previously high gas prices and consumers’ continued concerns about spending on everything from vacations to eating out have caused people to drive less, leading to a reduction in accidents, police and travel experts said.
Through Monday, there have been 135 fatalities in Duval County this year compared with 166 for all of 2007, according to the state Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Duval’s traffic deaths are the lowest since 2004, when there were 131 traffic deaths. Fatal accidents also are down in Clay County – 15 compared with 27. They are about the same in Nassau and St. Johns counties.
Statewide, there have been 2,901 traffic fatalities this year compared with 3,221 for all of last year.
Lt. Bill Leeper, a spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol, said he believes a spike in gas prices earlier in the year had an impact on the accident rate.
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