Saturday, September 17, 2011

Highlights from Florida’s Traffic Crash Statistics Report 2010

Every year the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (which is not part of FDOT), issues a traffic crash statistics report analyzing traffic crash reports submitted by state and local law enforcement agencies.

On August 31st, they issued the 2010 report which includes some important information on overall trends as well as specifics on pedestrian and bicycle fatalities and injuries.

• Fatalities as a result of traffic crashes on Florida roadways decreased by 4.6% between 2009 and 2010.
• Over the past 5 years, fatalities have dropped every year, which is a 30.8% reduction.
Bicyclist fatalities decreased by 24% between 2009 and 2010 (from 99 to 76 respectively).
Pedestrian fatalities increased by 3.5% between 2009 and 2010 (from 482 to 499 respectively).

The report contains graphs charting both fatalities and injuries for both pedestrians and cyclists over the past 10 years (see p. 10 & 19).

The report also includes a 5-year crash history by county. The results for Lee County are a mixed bag:
• Lee County’s bicyclist fatalities are down to their lowest number in 2010 (3 from a high of 7) [Note: in the first 5 months of 2011 there have been 5 bicyclist fatalities so this trend has already been reversed.], but bicyclist injuries are at the highest level during this 5 year period (125 in 2010, up from 106 in 2009). Each year over the 5 year period the number of bicyclist injuries has increased significantly.
• Lee County’s pedestrian fatalities are at 13 in 2010, the 2nd lowest during the 5 year period. Pedestrian injuries have continued their decline in 2010, down to 176 from 190 in 2009, from a high of 230 in 2007.

Click here to review the full report.

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