Beach driving pedestrian accidents down in Florida

New laws curbing beach crashes

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - New laws are curbing accidents involving beach drivers and pedestrians in central Florida.

There are 17 beaches along a 47-miles stretch in Volusia County that allow driving.
Beach Patrol Capt. Tammy Marris said no serious vehicle-vs.-pedestrian accidents have been reported this year.

County officials passed a new ordinance requiring drivers to roll down a window, turn on headlights and stop texting while driving. The county also created new one-way driving zones.

The changes come after two children were killed when they were run over in separate accidents in 2010.

Last year, Beach Patrol pickups ran over two women lying in the sun. Similar accidents involving Beach Patrol trucks happened in 2003, 2005 and 2006.

The Beach Patrol has since reinvented its vehicle fleet.

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