According to recent numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic deaths were down both here in Florida and in the U.S. as a whole last year.
Nationally, traffic deaths were down just a little short of 2 percent in 2017 as compared to 2016.
Florida saw a similar drop, with its drop being right about at the 2 percent mark. It is estimated that there were 3,112 motor vehicle deaths in the state in 2017. This is 64 fewer deaths than the 2016 total.
The numbers point to one of the big contributors to the overall drop in traffic fatalities last year in Florida being a drop in alcohol-related fatalities. Deaths connected to drunk driving crashes in the state were down over 7 percent in 2017 in comparison to the 2016 total. This amounts to 66 fewer deaths, the largest numerical drop that any state saw for this category.
However, despite this drop, drunk driving remained a major cause of fatal traffic accidents in the state last year. Of the traffic fatalities in Florida in 2017, around 27 percent involved alcohol-related crashes.
This underscores how big of a danger drunk driving continues to be out on the roads here in Florida. Sadly, there remain many Florida drivers who engage in this dangerous conduct. What further steps would you like to see taken in the state in the fight against drunk driving? What things do you think it will take to further bring down motor vehicle fatality totals in Florida?