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Florida Records Increase in Bicycle Accident Fatalities

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Florida continues to top the charts in undesirable ways. According to new statistics released by the Governors Highway Safety Association, the state recorded one of the highest increases in bicycle accident fatalities between 2010 and 2012.

According to the GHSA statistics, there was a staggering increase of 37 fatalities between 2010 and 2012 in Florida. In 2010, the state posted 83 deaths in bicycle accidents were, and that number had spiked significantly to 126 by 2011. By 2012, the state had recorded a drop of six fatalities, taking the total to 120 fatalities

Florida was just one among a few states that managed to record high increases in bicycle accident fatalities during the study period. Across the country, there was a 16% increase in bicycle accident fatalities, and much of that increase was driven by states like Florida, that posted heavy increases during the study period.

That was the bad news. The good news is that transportation safety agencies in Florida seem to be taking some steps to help keep bicyclists safer. For instance, police officers in Florida are now cracking down on bicyclists, who ride at night without their bicycle lights. Officers are also distributing lights to bicyclists who can't afford the lights, and also helping install the lights on bicycles. In Florida, the focus on reducing bicycle accident fatalities is centering on making bicyclists more visible to motorists, and bicycle lights can help do that. If you're riding in the daytime, wear brightly colored or florescent-colored clothing that can make you stand out in traffic.

Florida is also making significant monetary investments in helping reduce bicycle accident fatalities. The state has earmarked $1.5 million for enforcement programs, targeting motorists and bicyclists for violation of traffic laws.

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