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State makes efforts to eliminate crashes when smoke and fog cloud roadways

I-75 deadly crash
Posted at 5:40 PM, Jan 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-04 16:01:20-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL)--Tuesday marks the one year anniversary of the deadly crash on Interstate-75.

Cars, big-rigs, and SUV's were piled up along the highway, leaving 11 dead and dozens injured.

The state is continuing to warn drivers to be safe on the roads when its foggy and smoky.

"We definitely know that it wasn't just the road, and the fog and the smoke, it has to be some kind of responsibility of the drivers," said Gina Busscher, Florida Department of Transportation.

But they're adding new state of the art equipment to help cut down on accidents for the thousands they say traveling through I-75 and hoping to extend all the way through I-10. Those new additions include putting up more cameras, and message signs to warn drivers to slow down.

They say more importantly they're adding visibility sensors that will sound off an alarm whenever visibility is low along I-75.

"Definitely people need to be more aware and they needed to be more aware then while could have possibly not had as many deaths in that incident," said Busscher.

Frequent travelers say sometimes there are ways to avoid falling victim in these types of accidents.

"When you're driving through foggy and smoky conditions you slow down, if you can't see ahead of you. Stop," said Andrea Whitcomb-May.

" I try to avoid it as much as possible but if you get caught in it, again just slow down," said John Wacker, traveler.

But, drivers like Ana Dixon say she has another solution.

"If they know that the fog is really dangerous maybe they should stop the cars, so just tell them not to drive," said Dixon.

However; Dixon says the new signs she's seeing popping along the interstates are already beginning to help.

"If they inform you a while back so you'll be more careful, today it was good, they were informing us like before 7 miles," said Dixon.