The Florida Highway Patrol began its winter enforcement efforts over the holidays, issuing 40,667 citations, including 474 arrests for drunk driving.
Still, 56 people lost their lives in Florida car accidents during the 19-day enforcement period, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
“Our troopers worked hard to help our residents and visitors have a safe and enjoyable holiday period,” said Col. John Czernis. “Motorists who operate their vehicles in an unsafe fashion are a danger that puts innocent lives at risk. The men and women of the Florida Highway Patrol did their part to identify the unsafe drivers and take the steps necessary to decrease that risk.”
However, the risk of car accidents in Port St. Lucie, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale increases as the winter tourist season begins in earnest. As our Fort Lauderdale accident attorneys frequently report, Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties report more traffic fatalities each year than any other area of the state. And the first four months of the year are among the most dangerous as winter residents and tourists swell the amount of traffic on area roads.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Florida joins California and Texas as the states with the highest number of most types of accidents, including car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and bicycle accidents.
The Palm Beach personal injury lawyers and wrongful death attorneys at Freeman & Mallard are dedicated to helping motorists who have been injured in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and the Port St. Lucie/Fort Pierce areas. Call today for a free consultation. 1-800-529-2368.