Finding Tampa Bay’s most dangerous commuting spots

Article by Tampa Bay Business News

One morning, as I took the I-275 curve in downtown Tampa, and where lanes merge from the I-4 traffic, I narrowly escaped disaster when someone emerged from my blind spot.

That got me thinking about whether this frenetic location — which went through some massive re-engineering a number of years ago — was among the most dangerous in the Tampa Bay commute.

So, with the help of Editorial Intern Laura Cressman, we set out to analyze where area commuters should exercise the most caution during rush hours. Our story appears today in the print edition of the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

We also are making available to readers a searchable database of 141 points, searchable by roadway name, showing some very interesting data about incidents over two years, 2008 to 2010.

While fairly obvious, our reporting shows the biggest cause of crashes isn’t roadway design, but more human behavior, from texting to those chronically late to work trying to rush, eat and talk on the phone along the way.

So, take it easy out there!

Author: Alexis Muellner

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