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Good news: fewest Florida traffic accidents since 1978; Bad news: Florida remains among nation’s most dangerous states

Florida reported fewer traffic fatalities last year than at anytime since Jimmy Carter was President, according to new information released by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

However, as our Palm Beach personal injury lawyers reported on our Fort Lauderdale Car Accident Attorney Blog, Florida remains one of the most dangerous states in which to drive. And the winter tourism season can be especially hazardous as winter residents and visitors swell the traffic on South Florida roads.

In 2010, a total of 2,430 Florida traffic fatalities were reported — the fewest recorded since 1978, when Florida had half as many residents. In 2009, a total of 2,563 traffic fatalities were recorded in the Sunshine State.

“It is encouraging to see the number of traffic fatalities continue to drop, and the Department will continue our efforts to educate motorists and aggressively enforce the traffic laws to create the safest possible driving environment,” said DHSMV Executive Director Julie L. Jones. “Unfortunately, we know all too well the devastating impact that even a single fatality resulting from a careless, inattentive or impaired driver can have on a family and community.”

The full report is due out later this year. The 2009 report noted it was the fourth year in a row for a decrease in traffic fatalities. Still, more than 1,000 motorists were killed in drunk driving accidents. Fatal motorcycle accidents claimed 402 lives and 100 people died in bicycle accidents. Florida pedestrian accidents also continued to be a primary concern, with 482 pedestrians losing their lives in accidents.

“The Florida Highway Patrol is committed to patrolling Florida’s highways around the clock, every day of the year, to safeguard motorists and stop dangerous drivers,” said FHP Director, Colonel John Czernis. “Our law enforcement partners and public safety stakeholders also deserve credit for their efforts to keep our streets safe. Motorists can do their part when they buckle up every ride, every time.”

The Fort Lauderdale accident lawyers 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.

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