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NHTSA's 2015 motorcycle accident data highlights problems

In 2014, there were 4,594 people who died in motorcycle accidents in the United States. Given that number, you would naturally think that we would improve as a society with another year passing. You would think laws, car technology, and human behavior would lead to improved motorcycle safety in the following year. But unfortunately, you would be wrong. In 2015, there were 4,976 people who died in motorcycle accidents in the United States.

These numbers come from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and there are some other interesting figures. For example, the number of people injured in motorcycle accidents actually declined from 2014 (about 92,000 people injured) to 2015 (about 88,000) even though fatalities increased.

AAA report highlights dangers for young teen drivers

In our last post, we talked about the texting while driving law here in Florida and the lack of a substantial effect that this law has had on the driving population. Since texting while driving is considered a secondary offense in the state of Florida, it means officers can't pull you over for the particular offense. You have to commit another, primary offense first -- and then the police officer can add on the texting while driving offense to the original infraction.

So today we want to supply some evidence as to why the texting while driving ban should be improved. The American Automobile Association released a new report indicating that driver aged 16 or 17 are 3.9 times more likely to be in a crash as a driver who is 18 or older. Additionally, they are 2.6 times more likely to get into a fatal crash as a driver who is 18 or older.

Texting while driving law in Florida lacks teeth

Florida has had an ongoing problem with it's texting while driving laws: namely, that they don't do much. In 2013, our state passed its very first version of a texting while driving ban. But the law lacks any teeth. it makes texting while driving a secondary offense, which means that a police officer can't pull someone over solely for texting while driving. They have to commit some other offense first, and then the police officer can tack on a texting while driving charge on top of the original offense.

In fact, new information has been revealed showing that just 84 citations for texting while driving have been handed out by the Gainesville Police Department and the Alachua County Sheriff's Office since the law was passed in 2013.

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