Interactive: Mapping traffic fatalities (Tampa Bay stands out)
We know all about how Tampa Bay ranks No. 2 in the number of pedestrian fatalities.
Ever wonder what all that mayhem in the streets looks like from space?
The planning website Planetizen has found this: Max Galka at Metrocosm, a website that analyzes data and statistics, has mapped 373,377 points on a map of the United States. Each point represents a person who died in a vehicle crash between 2004 and 2013. It's interactive, so information about each crash will appear as you zoom closer. (Here's a guide).
Culled from data from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Galka found that:
-- 58 percent of fatal crashes involve either alcohol, speeding or a distracted driver.
-- 31 percent of fatal crashes involved alcohol, responsible for the loss of 116,000 lives.
-- 18 percent of fatal crashes involved distracted driving. Of those, 86 percent involved something other than a cell phone.
-- 31 percent of fatal crashes involved speeding.
But visually, it's clear that along with parts along the Atlantic Seaboard and California, few places are as lit up as Florida, especially South Florida, Tampa Bay, and along Interstate 4 corridor to Orlando.