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Two fatal car crashes in Wakulla County spark concern

Deputies say they're cracking down
Posted at 6:19 PM, Jul 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-01 18:19:57-04

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — A memorial now sits at the spot of yet another deadly accident in Wakulla County.

Just this weekend, two people died in Wakulla County due to car accidents. It's an issue many in the community are talking about. The Wakulla County Sheriff's Office says that they've seen more traffic accidents this year and with summer upon us, they're expecting to see more.

Tucked between trees on Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Drive stands a memorial. Just beside where the broken tree limbs are still on the ground, family and friends are remembering Trafton Shiver.

Just one day later, another deadly crash. This one just about a half mile down that same road.

"During the summer months, we always see a spike in traffic accidents," said Lt. Chris Savary with the Wakulla County Sheriff's Office.

With people passing through to get to the places like Wakulla Springs and even St. George Island, the roads tend to become more congested. It's a big topic around the community, with many people going to Facebook to get people to be more attentive when they're behind the wheel.

"When we're not answering calls, we're going to have our deputies out in the high traffic areas," Lt. Savary explained.

But cracking down on traffic violations isn't the only way Wakulla deputies are keeping you safe. They're also studying traffic patterns by installing Speed Spy Trailers.

The trailers will post the speed limit and tell you if you're going too fast. It's a useful tool to help law enforcement measure the average speed people are going in those areas.

"We put those strategically in different places so that we can better organize our efforts to enforce traffic laws," said Lt. Savary.

And the first location for the new Spy Trailer is just before you make it to Trafton's memorial on Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Drive. The Sheriff's Office says you can expect to see more of them to make sure people are staying safe this summer.