Car Accidents happen and there’s no other way to say it, South Florida drivers can be terrible. Someone once said, Florida will give anyone a license and that’s why they’re so many bad drivers. Add in the fact, we have an older population, tourist who don’t know where they’re going and foreign drivers.
Florida leads the nation in the number of senior citizens killed in traffic accidents and we need to get ready for when the baby boomers hit the road as senior drivers. A new study found that the Sunshine State had the most drivers age 65 and older killed in traffic accidents. The South Florida news seems to report on a story every week, about a senior citizen driving through a store front. In Broward County, statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that traffic accidents remain a primary public safety issue. Car, truck, bicycle, pedestrian, and motorcycle accidents are all a common occurrence and people are hurt on a daily bases, due to to the neglectful driving of others.
Based on data compiled from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a recent CNBC report named Fort Lauderdale the most dangerous city for driving in America. Of the top 15 most dangerous U.S. cities for driving, Florida had four cities represented – Jacksonville, Orlando, St. Petersburg and Fort Lauderdale. The list was based on data showing total fatality rate per 100,000 people, and Fort Lauderdale took first place with 22.39.
We have senior citizens in Florida causing accidents, plus the influx of immigrants that are able attain a license. A common practice that puts bad drivers on South Florida roads are immigrants that are able to sometimes fool the system. While attaining a licenses at the DMV, one person will take and pass the drivers exam and after there name is called, a friend or relative stands up for the picture. It’s sometimes that easy.
Distracted driving is a major contribution to accidents in South Florida any activity that could divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. Eating, drinking and texting requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver and texting is by far the most alarming distraction. Driving a vehicle while texting is six times more dangerous than driving while intoxicated, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Written by: A. Ressing