Traffic deaths fall for 2008 even as population rises


Published: Monday, January 26, 2009 at 2:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 26, 2009 at 2:21 p.m.

Traffic crashes in Florida in 2008 killed 2,986 people, according to a preliminary report released by the state on Monday morning.

It was the first time since 2000 that fewer than 3,000 people died on Florida roads in a single year, even though the state's population increased by 2.8 million - nearly 18 percent - over the same time period.

The statistics were announced in a news release from Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Electra Theodorides-Bustle.

"While the number of fatalities has decreased, which is good news, even one death on our highways is still too many. We need to be vigilant about education and enforcement activities that help keep our highways safe," said Theodorides-Bustle. "While the Department will continue to do everything we can to safeguard motorists, every driver has a responsibility to observe Florida's traffic laws and to exercise safe driving habits."

Statewide, traffic fatalities fell by 235 - a seven percent reduction - from 2007.

A final report on the 2008 traffic fatalities and other crash statistics will be released later this year in the annual Traffic Crash Statistics Report. Previous reports can be viewed at www.flhsmv.gov/html/safety.html.

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