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Orlando Voted Most Dangerous U.S. Destination: Will This Keep You From Visiting?

News 2011/03/10 19:00:00
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Now that Mexico has been crossed off of most college kids’ lists of spring break destinations due to the whole killing of three Americans there recently and a warning from Texas officials to stay away due to drug cartel violence, where will revelers be heading?

We’ll tell you where they shouldn’t go: Orlando. Despite its sunny reputation as the land of Mickey Mouse and the home of the “World’s Most Famous Beach,” a new survey by the website Avvo.com – which features listings of doctors and lawyers – found that Orlando is the most dangerous place to visit for spring break. After analyzing crime and accident stats (including reported murders, rapes, other violent crimes and car crashes) and a listing of the most popular destinations, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Orlando is No. 1 on the list of the deadliest getaways.

The Florida city was followed on the tally by northern neighbor Daytona Beach, then Las Vegas, Myrtle Beach, S.C., West Palm Beach, Texas’ South Padre Island and New Orleans. Also making the top 20: Panama City, Jacksonville, Miami, Ft. Myers, Galveston, Fort Lauderdale and Arizona’s favorite hedonistic destination, Lake Havasu.

As you might imagine, the folks in Florida are not happy about the ranking, with Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood telling CFN News 13 that only two murders have been committed during spring break in his city, in 2007 and 2009.

"We're not known as a violent city,” Chitwood said. “Eighty percent of all the crime that occurs in Daytona Beach is a property crime -- a burglary, a car break, identity theft, auto theft."

Does this news make you rethink your plans to go to Orlando for spring break?

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  • meeshuk 2011/03/11 00:39:37
    No
    meeshuk
    +8
    ROFLMAO!!!

    I have live near Orlando most of my life. It is LUDICROUS that Orlando is THAT dangerous. LOL

    I will say we get a lot of car accidents here, however, that is expected when you have as many international tourists (who are not even required to take a driver's test) and national tourists that do NOT know the roads and the traffic laws.

    I can't tell you the number of times I have driven by the airport (OIA) and seen someone driving the wrong direction on the HIGHWAY EXITS. I will say, I have PERSONALLY almost been in 2 head on collisions due to IDIOT TOURISTS.

    However, once you get out of TouristLand (ie, the Disney area), you get into the Orlando driving that the rest of us know. If they are driving bad they usually have Jersey Plates. ROFLMAO!!!

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  • New Jer... MedTime 2011/03/11 15:47:28
    New Jersey Mom
    I'm waiting to hear from my daughter in Hawaii and really needed that laugh!

    Thanks!!

    I guess that means that "ACLU lawyers" would be wrong as well! ;)
  • typical_joe 2011/03/10 21:49:42
    No
    typical_joe
    Vegas is the place to be! http://www.drollnation.com/20...
  • Ferηαηdo 夢 2011/03/10 21:48:10
    No
    Ferηαηdo 夢
    +1
    I love Orlando.
  • jams Ferηαηdo 夢 2011/03/10 21:57:46
    jams
    Me too!
  • The Dude jams 2011/03/10 23:17:27 (edited)
    The Dude
    +3
    Tampa here..Standing in solidarity with Orlando :-)
  • Ferηαηdo 夢 The Dude 2011/03/11 04:53:27
    Ferηαηdo 夢
    I pretty much love Florida in general lol. I have yet to go to Miami though. :/
  • The Dude Ferηαηdo 夢 2011/03/11 05:02:55
    The Dude
    Miami is a whole different vibe... BEAUTIFUL, but it's almost like being in a different country..
  • Anna Ferηαηdo 夢 2011/03/11 00:08:37
    Anna
    +1
    Me too. One of the happiest places. Can't wait til we get clothes and personalities like them!!!!!!!
  • Magyarita 2011/03/10 21:43:58
    No
    Magyarita
    +1
    I live in St. Louis, MO, the supposed most dangerous city in the US. Bring it, Orlando.
  • Mikey Pooh 2011/03/10 21:42:24
    Yes
    Mikey Pooh
    Mexico for Spring Break, fools... Whooo
  • 377385 2011/03/10 21:32:45
    No
    377385
    +2
    What vacation?
  • PT Barnum 2011/03/10 21:30:02
    Yes
    PT Barnum
    +3
    Orlando is very dangerous. Especially if you go to Disney World on gay day. That could warp a youthful mind.
  • America... PT Barnum 2011/03/10 22:56:00
    American All The Way
    +1
    Disney should be shut down and torn down just for that cause. Wonder what Walt would think or better yet do if he were still around???? He was a decent man.
  • keeper 2011/03/10 21:28:07
    No
    keeper
    +1
    And I live next to South Padre Island!
  • WankerBait 2011/03/10 21:26:25
    Yes
    WankerBait
    +1
    It's all those crazy families that go to Disney and Universal and get their kids all hopped up on fun...
    crazy families disney universal kids hopped fun  Mickey mouse is crazy
  • PT Barnum WankerBait 2011/03/10 21:34:37 (edited)
    PT Barnum
    +8
    My wife and daughter were banned from Disney World.

    wife daughter banned disney world

    Those Disney creeps got no sense of humor.
  • Bill ~P... PT Barnum 2011/03/10 21:53:12
    Bill ~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Awww... I love the magic kingdom
  • earl PT Barnum 2011/03/10 21:57:26
    earl
    +1
    Nice ears!!
  • America... PT Barnum 2011/03/10 22:58:18
    American All The Way
    +1
    Can't have things like that hanging out unless they are holding hands and swapping spit it Dizzy World. Sick ain't it.
  • WankerBait PT Barnum 2011/03/10 23:17:46
    WankerBait
    +1
    I love their mouseketeats...
  • PanDuh PT Barnum 2011/03/10 23:18:22
    PanDuh
    +1
    Those shirts= pure genius
  • Bill ~P... WankerBait 2011/03/10 21:54:54
    Bill ~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    That looks like a good t-shirt for a postal worker to buy on vacation. "Hey guys! Look at the shirt I bought at Disney World!"
  • RayG 2011/03/10 21:22:21
    No
    RayG
    +1
    I can guarantee you that pic was not taken in Orlando.....
  • Deadnow... RayG 2011/03/10 22:13:22
    Deadnowalive7 - BN-0
    You're right. The pic gives it away Tricou House Restaurant 711 Bourbon St, New Orleans
  • missnam... Deadnow... 2011/03/10 22:27:11
    missnamecaller
    Plus Florida is virtually flat like plains.
  • Miss Ell 2011/03/10 21:20:12
    Yes
    Miss Ell
    +2
    anyone watch CSI MIAMI??????? i'm scared to go there
  • Magyarita Miss Ell 2011/03/10 21:46:08
    Magyarita
    +1
    Miami is at least 100 miles form Orlando. CSI Miami is also a fictional TV show.
  • Miss Ell Magyarita 2011/03/11 05:13:57
    Miss Ell
    i was making a point if it can happen in the show It can happen in Orlando... things happens..THINGS HAPPEN!. *slaps self in face to stop freaking out*
  • Mr. STFU 2011/03/10 21:18:22
    No
    Mr. STFU
    Bikini, sun and murder vs snow and cold - I'll take the heat.
  • Jim 2011/03/10 21:15:37
    No
    Jim
    +1
    I got mugged by Mickey Mouse in Orlando. But Im going back . I don't think I have ever heard the song "Where the Drug Cartels are " by Connie Francis. So I still am going back . Mickey be darned.
  • Bill ~PWCM~JLA 2011/03/10 21:12:24
    No
    Bill ~PWCM~JLA
    +3
    Why don't we just put all the kids in rubber rooms for spring break so they don't stub their little toes. Good grief!
    kids rubber rooms spring break stub toes grief rubber room
  • Cliff 2011/03/10 21:08:52
    No
    Cliff
    +3
    That picture looks more like Cabo San Lucas than Orlando. What's the deal? They couldn't find 5 attractive females in Orlando?
  • jams Cliff 2011/03/10 22:05:45
    jams
    +2
    Here's 6 -

    6 Disney Princesses
  • David 2011/03/10 20:59:45
    No
    David
    Heading that way for spring break how ironic?
  • Rocky 2011/03/10 20:59:17
    Yes
    Rocky
    +1
    Back in the times when I went on Spring Break, I never told Daddy where I was...but Miami Beach and that area was where I went. I can't imagine what is in Orlando to attract anyone....not even Universal City...OR Disney World!
  • Cliff Rocky 2011/03/10 21:10:43
    Cliff
    +3
    Yeah, what's with that? There's no beach in Orlando
  • JoshuaSnead 2011/03/10 20:57:14
    No
    JoshuaSnead
    +2
    Well the thing you have to realize is that statistically when you get that many drunk people together bad things will happen no matter where their destination may be. If there were 200+ drunk, out of control people in a padded house there would still probably be death, rape , or just plain dangerous behavior...
  • Cliff JoshuaS... 2011/03/10 21:11:18
    Cliff
    +3
    Right, like Madison Wisconsin
  • PT Barnum Cliff 2011/03/10 21:31:50
    PT Barnum
    +4
    Especially if 80% of them are union thugs.
  • none 2011/03/10 20:49:20
    Yes
    none
    +1
    For anyone that doesn't know their geography Orlando is in the middle of the state and has no beaches. If kids in college were paying attention they should have know this. All that 's there is Disney World, I took my son there when he was 5 and once was enough.

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