Officials with the U.S. Postal Service are sending a special message to customers in Florida: Pay extra attention to your driving.
So far this year, eight motorists have crashed into post office buildings in Florida, including one customer who plowed through a lobby in the eastern community of Vero Beach, according to ABC affiliate WWSB7 in Sarasota.
The accidents prompted postal officials to release a set of precautions, including “avoid distracted driving," "visibly check to see whether your foot is on the gas pedal or the brake pedal,” and “visibly check to see if the vehicle is in park, reverse or drive,” WWSB7 reported.
Postal officials say drivers stepping on the gas pedal instead of the brake pedal or accelerating when the driver believes the vehicle is in reverse are the top causes for the accidents, WWSB7 reported.
Attempts by NBC News to contact post office officials in Florida was unsuccessful Friday.
In June 2011, patrons escaped injury after 89-year-old Phyllis Slaunwhite roared her 2002 Subaru Outback all the way through a post office building in Oldsmar, the Tampa Bay Times reported. She told police she had no memory of the accident. Damage to the building: $250,000, according to the newspaper.
"It was just a big smash and everyone started shuffling toward the front of the building," resident Frank Kubacki told the Tampa Bay Times. "There you go. Another Florida accident."
WWSB7 provided a list of accidents this year:
9/17/2012: Punta Gorda. Customer pressed the gas instead of the brakes and ran into the
building, hitting a front pillar.
8/21/2012: Leesburg. Customer she said she was startled by something falling from the
sky and accelerated into the post office lobby.
07/02/2012: Fruitland Park. Customer pulled into the wrong parking lot and was going to
back out. He did not realize the vehicle was in drive and stepped on the accelerator,
driving into the retail area.
6/14/2012: Lakeland MPO. Customer was sitting in vehicle talking to husband, put foot on
the gas instead of the brake, ran over the curb and knocked down a light pole.
3/5/2012: Goldenrod. Customer drove vehicle into front lobby of PO. Customer
thought she was pressing brake pedal as she was parking in handicap parking spot in
front of PO. Instead she pushed gas pedal and drove vehicle into one of the building's
2/12/2012: Vero Beach-Tropic Branch. Customer failed to brake and drove vehicle
through postal lobby.
2/8/2012: Wimauma. Customer hit the gas pedal instead of the brake, hitting the
front of the Post Office. The front bumper of the car hit the brick portion of the building
breaking the front glass windows.
1/3/2012: Indian Rocks Beach. Customer was leaving Post Office when foot slipped off
the brake and hit the accelerator, sending car forward over the curb into the east wall of
the Post Office. Car hit a cinder block wall, knocking down 2 sets of package lockers on
the inside wall
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