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Do you live in the deadliest county in California?

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San Bernardino County is the third deadliest area for drivers, passengers and pedestrians in California. A recent study by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that more 10 percent of all fatal U.S. motor vehicle accidents occurred in California during the last year studied.

The highest number of California fatalities occur in just five counties in the southern portion of the state. In order starting with the deadliest county, they include:

  • Los Angeles County
  • Riverside County
  • San Bernardino County
  • San Diego County
  • Orange County

Why so many deaths on California roads?

A quick online search reveals a number of deadly accidents in San Bernardino County during the past few weeks, including:

  • A toddler run over by a family member who did not see the child in their San Bernardino driveway
  • A drunk driver (with a 3-year-old in the vehicle) who ran a stop sign in Victorville
  • A hit-and-run accident involving a pedestrian in Hesperia
  • A motorcyclist who was cut off by a truck at an intersection in San Bernardino
  • A head-on collision in Hesperia when a driver crossed the center line

Some area drivers liken So Cal to the Wild West when it comes to driving styles. Speeding is the most common factor, both on highways and city streets, for California motor vehicle fatalities.

Why do drivers speed?

According to a number of studies and psychologists, the top reasons people speed includes:

  • Inattention: They didn't realize they were driving over the speed limit
  • Curiosity: They want to know what it feels or looks like to drive really fast
  • Impatience: They are in a hurry or running late for an appointment
  • Indifference: They are just "going with the flow" of surrounding traffic or don't care what the speed limit is
  • Showmanship: Showing off for friends or speeding for bragging rights.

No matter the reason, the result can be deadly. If nothing else, encourage your friends and family to slow down. The life you save may be your own.

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