Recent research indicates that roads in south Florida are getting progressively more dangerous — and all the while police officers are issuing fewer tickets.
Records from the state show there were 33,821 more accidents across Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties in 2017 than there were in 2012. However, law enforcement officials in these three counties issued about 500,000 fewer tickets for speeding and various non-criminal moving violations in 2017 than 2012.
One explanation could be that traffic citations are no longer as big of an emphasis compared to other violations because of staffing shortages in the state’s law enforcement agencies. Police are also using more written warnings to prevent bad behavior, and educational initiatives to create better drivers. The state legislature also outlawed traffic ticket quotas between the two years.
Still, considering the rising totals of traffic accidents, the drastic drop in tickets is a bit alarming to some in the state. In Broward County alone there was a 45 percent drop in tickets issued, compared to a 32 percent rise in crashes. Accidents were up by 57 percent in Palm Beach County, the largest increase in the state. Fatal accidents increased by 28 percent across the three counties in the study.
Get legal representation when injured in an accident
At a time when many states are successfully decreasing traffic accidents and accident fatalities, Florida is going the wrong way in a hurry.
If you or a family member has suffered in an injury in an accident caused by a negligent driver, it’s important to exert your legal rights and seek the compensation you deserve. Meet with an experienced Bradenton personal injury lawyer at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez & Walsh today.