Did Seat Belt Use Mean Fewer Florida Car Accidents in 2010?
According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the number of fatal Florida car accidents in 2010 represented a thirty-year low, even though the population of the state has doubled. In 2010, Florida saw a 5% decrease in fatal car accidents, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. 2009 saw 2,563 fatal Florida car accidents while 2010 had only 2,430.
Despite the good news, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles warns that car accidents are still the leading cause of death for Florida residents between the ages of 5 and 34. Despite this, experts at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles believe that a number of factors have caused lower numbers of accidents:
1) Seat belt use. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, more motorists are using seat belts. This is key in preventing fatal car crashes, according to experts, since seat belts help prevent serious Florida brain injuries and spinal cord injuries in an accident, making accident victims more likely to survive accidents.
2) Stricter laws. Florida has passed many new laws over the past thirty years to help prevent Florida drunk driving accidents and other types of accidents. Penalties for DUI, for example, have increased while new laws have been implemented to help stop aggressive driving and dangerous driving.
3) Awareness programs. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles as well as local law enforcement have a number of awareness programs to raise knowledge about seat belt use, drunk driving dangers, and other important driving rules. Awareness programs are important in reminding drivers to stay safe. In many cases, law enforcement agencies combine awareness programs with enforcement programs designed to catch and remove dangerous drivers from the roads.