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Posted on: June 5, 2019

Police Chief Jesse Godfrey Responds to 4th Traffic Fatality in Past Month


After the horrific traffic fatality off of Nova Road yesterday, the City has growing concern for impaired and reckless driving within the Ormond Beach City limits. Police Chief Jesse Godfrey is calling for increased vigilance while driving and emphasizing that these tragedies cannot be ignored.

“The loss of one life is too many,” said Police Chief Godfrey. “These recent incidents cannot be overlooked or disregarded as the norm.”

While the Ormond Beach Police Department has already implemented efforts to increase traffic safety and education, they also have sign boards, speed trailers, and radar enforcement. There is still worry that people are not observing these properly.

“We drive by these every day and we hope that they will serve as a reminder to pay attention to them,” said Police Chief Godfrey. “They have all been put there for a reason and following them will help keep our residents safe so we do not have incidents like this in the future.”

“An average of 300 people are killed every year in the state of Florida due to speeding,” said Police Chief Godfrey. “No matter how eager you are to get to your destination, speeding and driving aggressively is dangerous.”

He outlined the following tips for when you observe aggressive driving:

  • Don’t engage with the driver (this can result in road rage)
  • Dial *FHP (*347) from your cell phone or 911 for local law enforcement
  • If possible, get the license plate and/or a brief description of the vehicle (color, type, doors, etc.)
  • Safely pull over and allow distance between you and the aggressive driver

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