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Fatality Rate on Florida’s Highways Falls to Historic Low in 2003


CONTACT: Robert Sanchez
Public Information Administrator

August 25, 2004

The fatality rate on Florida’s highways in 2003 fell to a new historic low of 1.7 deaths per 100 million miles of travel. Florida also continued to see other improvements in traffic safety, according to data reported in the 2003 Florida Crash Statistics Report, which the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles released today.

The annual report contains data compiled from traffic crash reports completed by law enforcement agencies statewide. Among the noteworthy improvements: a 2.9 percent decrease in the number of traffic crashes reported and investigated, and a 3.5 percent decrease in the number of crash-related injuries.

Tragically, 3,179 lives were lost in Florida as a result of traffic crashes during 2003. Of those fatalities, 35 percent were alcohol related, and 60 percent of drivers and passengers killed were not wearing seat belts. Of the children ages 4 to 17 who were killed in traffic crashes, 70 percent were not using safety equipment.

DHSMV Executive Director Fred Dickinson said, “ While progress has been made, much remains to be done considering that crashes are completely preventable. We are committed to utilizing the department’s resources to reduce fatalities and injuries on Florida’s highways.”

For a complete copy of the 2003 Florida Crash Statistics Report, look under “Statistics and Studies” on the DHSMV website, www.flhsmv.gov or contact DHSMV’s Office of Management Research & Development.

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