How Do Florida’s Traffic Safety Laws Rank?

by Carmen Dellutri on February 7, 2013

Florida still has work to do when it comes to its traffic safety laws, according to the 10th annual report card by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. The report ranks the 50 states and the District of Columbia on their performance in adopting 15 basic highway safety laws.

The laws are broken down into five key areas: occupant protection, child passenger safety, teen driving, impaired driving, and distracted driving. They include motorcycle helmet laws, all-driver texting bans, and booster seat requirements.

States are awarded one of three ratings based on how many of the 15 optimal laws they have: Green (Good); Yellow (Caution - state needs improvement); and Red (Danger - state falls dangerously behind).

Sarasota personal injury attorneyOverall, Florida joined the states with some of the worst ratings, with a grade of “yellow.” As noted in the report, Florida does not have the following traffic safety laws in place:

  • All-rider motorcycle helmet law
  • Booster seat law
  • Minimum age of 16 for learner’s permit
  • Teen passenger restriction
  • Teen cell phone restriction
  • Ignition interlocks for all impaired driving offenders

As Port Charlotte injury lawyers, we are hopeful that Florida lawmakers will consider many of these laws in the near future, as they have been proven effective in preventing motor vehicle injuries and fatalities.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Port Charlotte accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Port Charlotte injury attorneys for a free consultation. 

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