New construction on the Florida Turnpike and I-595 is geared toward reducing the number of truck accidents on South Florida roads. Because of this effort and other programs to promote truck safety in Florida, the overall number of truck rollover accidents has dropped from 708 in 2005 to 296 in 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are available.
As part of this effort to improve Florida roadway safety, the following areas have been named 'hotspots' for truck rollovers in South Florida:
- On- and off-ramps linking the Florida Turnpike to I-595
- US-27 interchange in Miami-Dade County
- I-95 ramp to East Copans Road, southbound, in Pompano Beach
- I-95's Donald Ross Road interchange in Jupiter
Altogether, these hotspots accounted for 31 truck rollovers in a five year period.
Sergeant Mark Wysocky of the Florida Highway Patrol that most truck rollover accidents are caused by driver error, "The speed they're going is just too fast for the ramp."
State officials are also offering incentives to towing companies if they are able to clear a rollover accident within 90 minutes and get traffic moving again. Dubbed the "Rapid Incident Scene Clearance," towing companies are offered bonuses up to $3500 for removing an overturned truck from the highway within 90 minutes. Towing companies may also be penalized for exceeding the 90 minute timeframe under the program. The program was 'activated' a total of 22 times last year on I-75, I-95 and I-595 in South Florida.
Source: Sun Sentinel, "State works to ease South Florida's truck rollover hotspots," Michael Turnbell, June 15, 2012