There should be no question in this day and age that seat belts save lives. 34 states have primary seat belt laws and 15 states have secondary seat belt laws. A primary law means that a law enforcement officer can pull a person over if they observe they are not wearing a seat belt. A secondary law means that driving without being buckled is a citable offense, but they need another traffic violation to pull someone over. National seat belt usage was at 89.6% in 2017.
The Suwannee Democrat reports that a Sanford man has been charged in a fatal hit-and-run accident.
The accident happened on Monday night on northbound Interstate 75 between the two Jasper exits at around 9:20 p.m.
28-year-old Korey Farley was driving north when his car rear-ended a Ford Explorer being driven by a 54-year-old male from Tifton, Georgia. The Ford was also occupied by a female in the front passenger seat.
The driver of the Ford lost control of his truck after the impact, causing the vehicle to overturn into a ditch. Both the driver and the passenger were pronounced deceased on the scene. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, neither were wearing a seat belt.
Farley fled the scene of the accident. Troopers eventually located him at a gas station on State Road 6.
At the time of the crash, Farley was under the influence. He was booked into Columbia County Jail for leaving the scene of a crash.
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