Cape Coral is the largest city in Southwest Florida. It is located between Tampa and Miami and is made up of 114 square miles of land and over 400 miles of canals. One of the fastest growing areas in Florida, Cape Coral has a population that exceeds 160,000 residents. Along with Fort Myers, the city is one of two major cities located in Lee County.
Cape Coral consistently ranks high in public safety both in Florida and in the U.S. The city’s economic growth and educational system as well as a commitment to safety for motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians and all who share the roadways make the community a desirable place to live for all ages.
In 2009, out of 200 cities in the country that were recognized for having the safest drivers, Cape Coral ranked 42 with 10.3 years between collisions and drivers being 3 percent less likely to crash. This was not the first year drivers in the community were ranked the safest. They were named the best in Florida in 2005 and 2007.
Cape Coral Fatal Car Crashes and Traffic Wreck Statistics for 2011
- Fatal accidents: 10
- Vehicles involved in fatal collisions: 22
- Fatal drunk driving crashes: 1
- Persons involved in fatal accidents: 27
- Fatal Collisions involving Pedestrians: 2
Executive director of the “Stay Alive, Just Drive" campaign, Jay Anderson, believes the program’s mission to educate Lee County residents to avoid driving while distracted by a cell phone, radio, text messaging or eating has had a positive influence. In a news article reported in the Cape Coral Daily Breeze, Anderson said local awareness efforts have been spearheaded by the educational campaign, law enforcement and traffic engineers, making the roads safer for all in the county who share them.
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