JACKSONVILLE Fla.-- In his 33 years with the Florida Highway Patrol, Captain Keith Gaston tells Action News he can't remember the last time he hasn't been called in on a deadly crash on New Years Eve.
"The most amazing thing is when I woke up this morning, I realized it was daylight and my phone did not ring last night, which is always a good sign that means we had no fatalities last night," he said.
In fact he's proud to report FHP didn't have to respond to a single serious-injury crash in any local counties.
Last year the Jacksonville area saw two New Years traffic fatalities; one took the life of UNF sophomore, Dara Kusiv, as the vehicle she was in slammed into a large overhead sign post near Kernan Boulevard. A number of other serious injury crashes were also reported.
Captain Gaston believes roads were safer this year for two reasons; drivers watched and learned from last year's tragedies and new safe transportation options.
"A lot of people have stepped up to the plate and assisted whether it's the taxi cabs or the restaurant industry department of transportation is even funding some of those there's been a lot of good partners that have helped reduce the traffic fatalities and the traffic aciddents," he said.
FHP's New Years resolution; to keep next year just as safe.