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.
This indicator shows fatalities obtained from the daily fatality report distributed by the Office of Management and Planning Services (OMPS) of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV). 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 Tina Porter, (850) 617-3427, Porter.Tina@hsmv.state.fl.us. The Daily Fatality Report is distributed daily via e-mail to individuals who request it.