Organization says Florida has no safe driving laws in new study

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) — Florida is one of the most dangerous states for drivers based on recommended safety laws, a new study finds.

In the report, states were categorized as green, yellow or red.

The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety gave Florida and 10 other states a “red” rating, meaning the state falls dangerously short when it comes to adopting “best law” recommendations. ” organisation.

“We realize the rankings look grim, but we’re contributing to a change for us as we move forward knowing that we’re getting more education and making people aware of the laws we have on the books they can will help reduce the number of fatal and personal injury accidents,” said Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Jason King.

Some of the shortcomings mentioned by the organization include a law requiring children under two to be in a rear-facing car seat and a primary seat belt enforcement law for rear passengers.

King said that even though these suggestions aren’t legal, he still recommends you do them anyway to avoid injury and death.

“Not only do we want to enforce, but we want to educate through outlets like you, through the schools we go to, and through roadside law enforcement unfortunately,” King said. “We want to educate the public to return to a standard of awareness and safety as part of their responsibility, not just us as law enforcement.”

King said that ultimately they support anything that improves safety and adds that the agency supports any necessary changes that our elected officials deem necessary to create safety. He also said that obeying applicable laws, wearing seat belts, putting away cell phones and concentrating on the road are steps people can take to help reduce crashes, injuries and injuries. death.

To read the full report, click here.

Aubrey L. Morgan