The Florida Highway Patrol issued a press release announcing the number of traffic incidents for the Thanksgiving holiday period during five days of enhanced enforcement from November 24 through 28. During that time, 23 motorists died on Florida roads in traffic-related crashes, but that is a 36 percent reduction from the same time period last year. There were 121 DUI arrests in Florida during the holiday, 4,921 speeding tickets issued, as well as 1,407 seat belt citations given. Altogether there were 3,990 motorists assisted by the FHP.
Part of the reason for the reduction in fatalities, the FHP says, is the agency’s efforts to educate the public about seat belt use and DUI.
As of July 1, 2005, Florida motorists could be ticketed if they violated the new primary seat belt law which required that occupants (including the driver) of a motor vehicle under the age of 18 buckle up in their vehicle. Law enforcement was given the power to stop any vehicle if the driver or occupants were not wearing their seat belts.When Florida enacted its primary safety belt law, federal officials predicted it would save 124 lives a year and prevent 1,733 injuries.
Florida drivers topped the national average on the use of seat belts at 87.4 percent usage in 2010, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. That exceeds the 2009 national seat belt use of 84 percent.
The Florida personal injury lawyers at Farah & Farah encourage everyone to buckle up in any motor vehicle they drive or ride in.