Labor Day Deaths on Florida Roads

Florida driver deaths appear to be substantially down this year according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Seven were killed and the FHP says 136 impaired drivers were arrested during the four day Labor Day weekend. However, the total number of wrongful death auto crashes in Florida has not been released yet. In 2008 during the Labor Day period, 36 people died in crashes.

In addition to the arrests, FHP officers issued over 16,000 citations. That huge number resulted from Labor Day enforcement that was part of a larger effort beginning August 21 and running through September 7th. During that time period, FHP issued more than 57,000 traffic tickets and made 540 arrests for DUI of alcohol or drugs and 20,000 received citations for speeding.
In addition, law enforcement was out in force to watch for violations of the Move Over Law. Troopers issued 2,200 citations for violating that law.

The Move Over Law refers to protecting law enforcement when they are parked on the side of the road to help motorists. It states that:

  • On a two-lane roadway, you are required to slow to a speed that is 20 miles per hour less than the posted speed limit.
  • If the speed limit is 20 miles per hour or less, you must slow down to five miles per hour.
  • If you are driving on an interstate or roadway with multiple lanes of travel in the same direction, and you approach an emergency or law enforcement vehicle parked along the roadway, you must vacate the lane closest to that vehicle as soon as it is safe to do so. If you are not able to safely move over, you must slow down to a speed of 20 MPH below the posted speed limit unless directed otherwise by a law enforcement officer.

Florida was reported to be among the top seven locations to avoid over the Labor Day holiday, along with Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, DC according to the National Motorists Association.

It said the state was a “disaster” for its unrestrained use of speed cameras and red light cameras. The group feels cities may be skirting the law through these means of enforcement.
Auto accident injuries can range from minor, such as bruises and cuts, to serious, such as brain injury or spinal injury; all of which can impose hefty expenses relating to loss of wages from time off work, medical bills, cost of treatment, multiple surgeries, and physical therapy. A car accident victim has the right to seek compensation from those who were negligent and caused a collision to take palace. To find out if you qualify to obtain such recompense, contact the experienced Florida auto accident attorneys at Farah and Farah today for a free consultation.

Source report: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/local/breakingnews/orl-bk-fhp-labor-day-arrests-statistics-091009,0,5675036.story

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