A top priority of the Florida Department of Transportation is to
improve the safety of Florida’s transportation system. A reduction of the
total number of accidents, especially those that involve casualties of the
vehicle drivers, passengers, pedestrians and bicyclists, is an important step
to developing a safer environment. Fatal crashes are defined as collisions
that involve at least one motor vehicle and result in death of at least one of
those involved within thirty days of the incident.
Indicators of varying frequencies are shown here: monthly,
quarterly, and annual. The number and type of indicators also vary with
The data for all the indicators in this section are obtained from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FDHSMV). Data for the first four indicators are extracted the annual Florida Traffic Crash Statistics Report. The most recent version of this report is available at: Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
The graphics are updated
on a calendar-year basis once a new version of the Traffic Crash Facts comes
out, typically six months after the end of the year.
The data for the indicator Fatalities based on Daily Reports is obtained from the Daily Fatality Report from the FDHSMV Office
of Management and Planning Services (OMPS). After a fatal crash occurs, the law
enforcement agency that investigates the crash immediately notifies OMPS about
the fatal crash and the number of fatalities involved. The Daily Fatality
Report is based on these notifications and consequently excludes fatalities
that occur after the crash. It also excludes fatalities, if any, of which the
OMPS never received a notification. The contact person for the Daily Fatality
Report is Wilton Johnson, (850) 617-3290,
email@example.com and the report can be found on the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website.
The graphics can be updated the first working day after the
Daily Fatality Report for the last day of the previous month is received.
There are five quarterly indicators: pedestrians
occupants killed, total
OMPS staff are charged with tabulating the data for these indicators from its
highway crash database. After a fatal crash occurs, the law enforcement agency
investigating the crash submits a long-form report to the OMPS. Florida
Statutes, Section 316.066, requires the submittal be done within 10 days after
completing the investigation. Upon receiving these long-form reports, the OMPS
periodically sends them to an outside vendor to enter the data electronically.
This vendor periodically sends the electronic data back to the OMPS, which
appends them to its highway crash database. Certain fatalities may also be
missing from these quarterly indicators, including fatalities after the crash
and fatalities for which the long-form reports are delayed. The graphics will be updated with a quarter lag.
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Phone: (850) 617-3427
Florida Highway Patrol ∼General
2900 Apalachee Parkway; Tallahassee, FL 32399
Florida Department of Transportation ∼Safety Office
MS #53, 605 Suwannee Street; Tallahassee, FL 32399-0450
Chief Safety Officer
Phone: (850) 245-1500.