Florida Car Accident Prevention: Some Segments of the Population Still Don’t Buckle Up

by Carmen Dellutri on August 2, 2011

Sarasota car accident lawyerWhile the majority of Florida drivers routinely wear their seat belts, studies show that certain segments of the population still don’t buckle up. Here is a brief overview of the seat belt usage statistics gathered by the Florida Department of Transportation:

  • Black drivers only buckle up 81 percent of the time, followed by Hispanics at 87 percent and white drivers at 89 percent.
  • Male drivers wear their seat belts 84 percent of the time, while females wear them 91 percent of the time.
  • Pickup drivers wear seat belts 80 percent of the time, car drivers wear them 88 percent of the time, and van drivers wear them 90 percent of the time.

According to a recent article by the Naples News, although seatbelt usage in Collier County leads the state with a rate of 94 percent, seat belt usage in Immokalee appears to lag behind the rest of the county. In 2010, Immokalee drivers were issued 1,662 seat belt warnings and citations, accounting for nearly one-third of the 5,333 citations and warnings written in 2010, although Immokalee represents less than 10 percent of the Collier’s population.

“The studies kind of validate what we see here,” said Collier County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Chris Gonzalez, a traffic safety and seat belt expert whose family is from Cuba. “And the demographics speak for themselves. There’s no way around it, we have a large Hispanic and black population.”

To combat the problem, local and state agencies have launched programs to reach these populations and educate them about the importance of seat belts. If you are a member of the Florida population who still does not regularly wear your seatbelt, we encourage you to read the following blog post.

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 Florida motor vehicle accident, you may be entitled to compensation.

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


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