Although car crashes in Florida occur every day, the fatality rate due to traffic accidents in Florida has dropped. In fact, the new traffic crash statistics for 2010 released by the Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles recently revealed data showing that the traffic death rate in Florida continues to drop. For 2010, the number of deaths per 100 million miles traveled (the state’s mileage death rate) was the lowest rate on record, as it decreased to 1.25 deaths per 100 million miles traveled.
The report highlighted many facts, including:
- Florida crash fatalities have decreased 4.6 percent between 2009 and 2010.
- Teen traffic deaths dropped by 5.9 percent from 2009 to 2010, from 153 to 144.
- Motorcycle crash fatalities fell between 2009 and 2010 by 4.7 percent, from 402 to 383.
- Bicyclist traffic fatalities in Florida dropped by 24 percent between 2009 and 2010, from 99 to 76.
- There were 2,444 traffic fatalities in Florida in 2010 and 2,563 in 2009.
- Traffic fatalities have continued to drop over the past five years, from 3,533 in 2005 to 2,444 in 2010, which is a 30.8 percent reduction in traffic deaths.
- The crash average per day was 645 in 2010.
- Reported injuries in traffic accidents decreased by one percent from 2009 to 2010.
- 195,104 accident victims were injured in 2010.
The statistics in this report show that there has been an encouraging trend in decreasing traffic deaths on Florida roadways. While this news is encouraging, traffic deaths in Broward County have increased from 2009 to 2010, from 25,957 to 26,233 respectively.
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Additionally, pedestrian deaths in Florida have increased between 2009 and 2010, from 482 to 499. This information indicates that there has been a 3.5 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities in one year. Pedestrian deaths could be influenced by economic conditions, as more people are walking to work and walking to bus stops to take alternative means of transportation. There may be fewer vehicles on the road and an increase in pedestrians taking to the streets.
While the statistics regarding traffic fatalities is encouraging due to the decrease in deaths, there is still much to be done to improve pedestrian safety and safety for all vehicles on the road.
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