Florida reports record-low fatality rate on highways

| 8/26/2005

The fatality rate in Florida last year dropped to an all-time low, the state’s Highway Patrol reported this week.

The patrol announced that although the actual number of deaths on the state’s highway increased, the fatality rate decreased – 1.66 deaths per 100 million miles of travel – due to an additional 160,000 vehicles on the road.

According to The Associated Press, the new rate was down from 1.71 deaths per 100 million miles in 2003.

The patrol said 3,257 people were killed in highway wrecks in 2004, one-third of which were alcohol-related crashes.