Unfortunately, visitors to the Sunshine State often ask themselves, why are Florida drivers so bad? There are a number of reasons for this. The latest research carried out by SmartAsset confirms that Florida state ranks among the country’s worst, when it comes to driving. To begin with, 2.17 motorists out of 1000 are charged with DUI offenses. Moreover, 26.7 percent of Florida’s motorists are uninsured – one of the highest rates nationwide. This means that insured motorists might have to shoulder the cost of, or use their own insurance policies to cover, accidents they didn’t cause. The research also showed that Florida residents Google ‘traffic tickets’ and ‘speeding tickets’ more than other states.
In Florida, there is a large elderly population and no vehicle inspections, and the state driving test has been criticized for being too easy. In addition, highways are often being repaired, speed limits are usually regarded as optional, and the high number of drivers on the roads results in lots of congestion. This is why many residents require the services of a Boca Raton car crash lawyer. Sometimes, the roads are invaded by unwelcome visitors too, such as stray wildlife (like turkeys or alligators) or intoxicated students.
One positive statistic is that deaths have reduced by thirty-three percent over the past twenty-four years. There are roughly 1.47 deaths over every 100,000,000 miles driven on Florida’s roads. In 2016, nearly 3200 traffic related deaths were recorded. Also, although Florida’s drink driving record is quite high in comparison to other states, this is much more common elsewhere in the country. The DUI rate per 1000 motorists in South and North Dakota is over eleven. However, these states rank higher than Florida overall for road safety, due to the lower death rates and larger percentage of insured motorists.
Florida was one of the five Southern states that appeared in the top ten list of states with terrible drivers. In many cases, Southern states had lower vehicle insurance rates and higher death rates. This data has been published as officials in Tampa Bay continue to debate how to finance transportation enhancements. The Transport Department in Florida is considering a regional transport viability plan, which proposes a forty-one mile route for buses connecting Wesley Chapel with downtown Saint Petersburg, through Interstate 275. In the meantime, residents will vote in a November ballot on whether to increase Hillsborough County sales taxes by one percent, to pay for transit and transportation upgrades.