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Safer Roads

January 26th, 2009 by flanews

The roads in Florida are getting safer.

Road fatalities are at an eight year low, according to a preliminary report released today by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Last year 2,986 people died in wrecks in Florida; that’s down 235 from 2007. Florida Highway Patrol Captain Mark Welch is excited about the decline but said more needs to be done.

“The bottom line is that one death on the highway is one death too many. Our goal is to get everybody educated and do our education campaigns to make our highways as safe as we can,” said Welch.

The Department credits an increase in safety campaigns for the decline, but admits four dollar a gallon gas over the summer may have played a role by changing people’s driving habits.

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