Summer traffic crashes in Destin down from prior year

Matt Algarin
There were no injuries associated with this recent wreck that snarled traffic along U.S. Hwy. 98 in Destin near Rooms To Go.

Does it seem like there are more wrecks on Destin’s roadways than normal this season? Well, based on data from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office that’s not the case.

There are actually more in the same timeframe last year, Public Information Officer Michele Nicholson told The Log.

Looking at a three-months of May to July 14, the sheriff’s office reports that there have been a total of 447 crash reports filed, compared to 485 for the same time period in 2013. This is for accidents from the Marler Bridge to the Walton County line.

Given that the city of Destin’s permanent population sits at about 13,000, it should be no surprise that traffic accidents occur with more frequency when the summer season hit and there are 50,000 -60,000 people passing through Destin daily.

During the offseason, the statistics tell a much different story. For the two-month period of February and March of 2013, which tends to be the slowest time from a visitor’s perspective, there were a total of 127 crash reports files, while there were 122 in 2014.

Based on current traffic data, for the month of June there were 57 traffic crashes in Destin. Of those accidents, there were 10 injuries reported.