The frightening video lasts just over 30 seconds.
As Jupiter Police Officer Jason Starks travels north on Interstate 95, the camera on the dashboard of his police cruiser shows a clear stretch of roadway in Palm Beach Gardens. Moments later, a car veers into his path, causing a collision in which the officer’s car rolls over repeatedly before striking a tree on the highway’s shoulder.
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Staff writer Fedor Zarkhin contributed to this report.
By the numbers
- 315: Number of crashes in Palm Beach County in 2012 in which a driver was fatigued or fell asleep.
- 187: Injuries caused from those accidents, with one fatality.
90: Fatal crashes statewide from 2000-10 blamed on drowsy drivers.
4 percent: Number of adults in a 19-state survey who said they nodded off or fell asleep while driving during the previous month.
SOURCES: Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, National Transportation Highway Safety Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention