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Florida Continues Poor Performance in Driving Safety

Saturday, February 01, 2014

The state of Florida ranked at the bottom of the list in a study that focuses on driving safety state-wise, specifically on states’ implementations of several traffic safety laws aimed at preventing auto accidents.

The results released by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety state that in 2013, Florida ranked at the bottom of the heap with a total of just six of the required laws implemented in the state. The study was based on whether states have implemented 15 essential traffic safety laws that include everything from seatbelt use and teen driving safety to drunk driving.

Florida, according to the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, has only six of the laws that are recommended by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. Some of those missing laws that the group would like to see are laws requiring primary enforcement for all seats, all-rider helmet laws, ignition interlock laws, and booster seat laws. Florida also does not have a ban on text messaging while driving for all drivers, and also does not have 4 out of 7 essential teen driving rules.

States were color coded and rated based on the number of laws implemented. Green states were those that had managed to implement 11 of the laws, including primary enforcement seat belt laws for front seat passengers as well as backseat passengers, or nine or more laws, including primary enforcement seat belt laws for both front and back seat passengers and all-rider helmet laws. Red states were those that had fallen dangerously behind in adopting the recommended optimal traffic safety laws.

Florida transportation safety agencies need to wake up and see that motorists in the state continue to remain at risk of injuries and fatalities, because of the state’s failure to enact these important laws.



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