The number of fatal car accidents that occurred in Florida last year has dropped in comparison to previous years. According to preliminary numbers from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles 2,430 people died from car accidents in Florida in 2010. The statistic is the lowest number in over 20 years and comes at a time when Florida’s population is 50 percent larger than it was two decades ago. Counties across Florida are also reporting lower numbers of fatal car accidents for 2010 as well.
While preliminary fatal car accident numbers have not been issued for Jacksonville and Duval County, statistics from Hernando County in West Florida near Tampa reflect the downward trend seen across much of the state. Official numbers for last year will be released in March. According to the Florida Highway Patrol a combination of factors has contributed to the decrease in traffic fatalities. Technological advances in vehicles, education and law enforcement have all played roles in bringing down the number of fatal car accidents on Florida’s roads. The Florida Highway Patrol says that technological innovations have had the biggest impact on safety improvement.
The Florida Highway Patrol cites advanced braking systems, hands-free devices and warnings that alert drivers. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles believes the downward trend of car accident fatalities will continue because of a continuation in improved vehicle engineering and a safer fleet of vehicles that will continue to come online. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles also credits state and local law enforcement and believes that the downward trend will continue for another five years.