Florida Gets Mediocre Rating for Passage of Highway Safety Laws

A new report from Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety grades each state in the nation on its passage or failure to pass 15 different highway safety laws, laws which can go a long way in preventing car accidents resulting in fatalities and injuries.

Based on total number of highway safety laws, Florida was given a yellow rating, which falls between a green rating and a red rating. Florida was given a score of seven based on enacting seven of the possible 15 laws included in the report. The laws passed in Florida are:

  • Primary enforcement seatbelt law
  • 6-month holding period for teen driver licensing
  • 30 to 50 hours of supervised driving for teen licensing
  • Age 18 for unrestricted license
  • Child endangerment law for DUI
  • Mandatory BAC test for DUI
  • Open container law

One of the laws missing in Florida is an all-rider motorcycle helmet law, which requires anyone on a motorcycle to wear a helmet.

Highway safety laws keep our state’s roads safer. By discouraging drunk driving, encouraging safety features and making sure young drivers are gradually introduced to the roads, these laws prevent car accidents that can result in hefty medical bills, painful injuries, lost wages and sometimes fatalities.

If you live in Orlando and have been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence, please contact the Law Offices of Michael Barszcz, M.D., J.D., to schedule a free consultation.