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Florida traffic fatality rate declines again

Deaths from traffic accidents in Florida continued a five-year decline last year — reaching the lowest level for every 100 million miles traveled since the state started measuring that, the Florida Highway Patrol says.

The number of fatalities for every 100 million miles traveled was 1.25 last year, according to the patrol. The state started keeping track of that in 1967, when the rate was 5.7.

In a five-year span, total traffic deaths in Florida dropped more than 30 percent, from 3,533 in 2005 to 2,444 in 2010.

Of that yearly total, the number of motorcycle drivers and passengers who died in crashes was 383, down from 402 in 2009. And the number of bicycle riders was 76, down from 99 in 2009.

"The favorable trends that we are seeing demonstrate the emphasis that law enforcement agencies, lawmakers and safety advocates place on saving lives on our roadways," said Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles executive director Julie L. Jones in a statement.

Florida traffic fatality rate declines again 09/28/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 5:47pm]
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