In some good news for most of Florida, the death rate for victims of car accidents on Florida Highways fell to new low in 2006. According to the State of Florida Motor Vehicle Department, this is the first time in the last ten years that deaths from car accidents deceased. Unfortunately, both Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties saw an increase in car accident fatalities.
In 2006, there were 3,365 deaths throughout the State of Florida due to traffic related accidents, including car accidents, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents. As we unfortunately expected, more than a third of all such deaths involved alcohol.
Our greatest concern and disbelief is that there was an almost 30 percent increase in the number of children who were killed in such car accidents while not using seat belts or safety seats. As the executive director of the Motor Vehicle Department succinctly stated “even one…fatality, is one too many.” We could not agree more.