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Florida Roads Among Country’s Worst

August 1st, 2008 by flanews

Florida’s roads are among the worst in the nation, according to a survey released this week. The Reason Foundation ranked Florida 41st in the nation in its Annual Highway Performance report. The foundation ranked states on traffic congestion, road construction, and fatal wrecks. The Florida Department of Transportation declined to comment on the report, saying only they’re still reviewing it. Captain Mark Welsh with Florida Highway Patrol says despite the foundation’s findings, Florida roads are getting safer.

“This year we actually experienced an increase in safety, and that’s been shown to us by a decrease in traffic fatalities out on our highways. We’re very proud. We feel that it’s largely to do with the enforcement and education,” said Welsh.

Fatal wrecks in Florida are down 11 percent this year. Some credit the drop in road fatalities to gas prices changing people’s driving habits.

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