As of 2014, Florida is home to approximately 19,500,000 residents. A vast majority of those residents are licensed to drive. Section 316.066, Florida Statutes (2015) requires all law enforcement agencies to complete traffic accident reports and to forward all corresponding data to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Below are some of the statistics gathered:
- State-wide, there were a total of 316,943 automobile accidents in 2013. That same year, Pinellas County accounted for 24,622 of those.
- Of the statistics mentioned above, 2,407 were fatal across Florida in 2013. Pinellas documented 80 crashes that resulted in fatalities. Specific to Pinellas County, Friday proved to be the most deadly day of the week.
- Keeping with data from 2013, 210,887 non-fatal injuries were reported state-wide out of the total number of crashes (i.e., 316,943). Pinellas County drivers reported injuries in 4,502 of those cases.
- “Vulnerable road users,” defined as motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, have experienced minor decreases in fatal crashes between 2011 and 2013.
- Between 2011 and 2013, Pinellas County saw a 61.20% increase in accidents involving teenagers.
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The data proves that driving, bicycling, or walking can be a dangerous venture. While the statistics do not specify the severity of the injuries sustained (excluding the obvious fatalities), the risk associated with Florida’s roadways is plainly evident.
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