Florida traffic deaths are steadily declining and the credit is being given to the "primary" seat belt law. Before the seat belt law, officers were only allowed to pull over drivers younger than 18 for the violation of not wearing a seat belt.
This law allows officers to pull over any Florida driver for the sole reason of not wearing their seat belt. Previous laws only allowed a seat belt ticket to be issued to a Florida driver, over the age of 18, if they have already been pulled over for another traffic violation while not wearing a seatbelt.
Just look at the statistics: In 2007, there were 3221 traffic deaths in Florida. Since the law was passed, Florida traffic deaths dropped to 2563 in 2009. Other reasons traffic fatalities in Florida have decreased:
- Florida officials have enforced harsher punishments for traffic violations.
- Florida has provided better lighting on Florida's main roads and highways.
- Floridians are becoming more aware of the abudunce of traffic fatalities.
Although the seat belt law has helped Florida's traffic death count, it hasn't remedied it. Many car accidents and injuries still occur every minute of everyday. Most people don't even know what to do when they have been in an automobile accident. Primarily, it is important to know your legal rights. Contacting a South Florida Car Accident Attorney can help you understand your legal rights when you've been involved in a car accident.
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a car accident, contact a South Florida Personal Injury Attorney at Roselli & Associates, P.A. Our personal injury law firm is located in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Contact us today to get legal assistance from an experienced Car Accident Lawyer in South Florida.