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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 frequency.

 

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, wiltonjohnson@flhsmv.gov 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 killed, bicyclists killed, motorcyclists killed, vehicle occupants killed, total alcohol-related fatalities.

 

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.

 

Contact Information:

 

Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Phone: (850) 617-3427

 

Florida Highway Patrol ∼General Headquarters

2900 Apalachee Parkway; Tallahassee, FL 32399

Phone:(850) 617-2301

 

Florida Department of Transportation ∼Safety Office

MS #53, 605 Suwannee Street; Tallahassee, FL 32399-0450

Lora Hollingsworth

Chief Safety Officer

Phone: (850) 245-1500.

 

 
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