A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts at Florida at No. 3 on their list of states that suffer the costliest fatal car accidents.
The CDC said that Florida incurs $3.2 billion in costs each year related to fatal crashes—these expenses include emergency medical care costs as well as the estimated lifetime income and benefits lost when someone dies. The CDC looked at its most recent data—from 2005, when 3,533 people died in Florida car accidents—to generate this figure.
A new article from The Sun Sentinel says that Florida traffic safety advocates fear that the state won’t heed the CDC’s recommendations for improvement.
“It’s like I’m involved in ground warfare,” State Representative Irv Slosberg told the Sentinel. “Things take three, four, five years to get done.” Slosberg worked for eight years to create a law in his daughter’s name which says police can pull over a driver solely for not wearing a seatbelt.
In addition to that seatbelt law, the CDC also suggests that Florida update its child safety seat policies so that children are in “age- and size-appropriate child safety and booster seats.” As it stands now, Florida is only one of three states that doesn’t require a child over the age of three to ride in a booster seat.
The CDC also recommends easing teenage drivers into the new responsibility of driving by giving them privileges in stages, and it wants the state to mandate that all motorcyclists wear a helmet.
Have you or someone you know been involved in a Florida auto accident?