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Do Florida's driving laws keep its roads safe?

Travel on Florida roads is an essential part of many people's days as they need to drive to work, drive to stores and many other places. People generally drive safe, but to help ensure everyone's safety on the roads and prevent car accidents, there are certain laws that drivers must follow. These laws set speed limits, control traffic by having lanes, stoplights, stop signs and many other laws to control the flow of traffic.

However, a recent study of safety laws throughout the United States showed that Florida is ranked as one of the worse states when it comes to safety laws. Florida was one of nine states that had a "dangerous lack of basic safety laws."

Florida received this ranking due to a lack of laws for primary enforcement of seat belts in the back seat, that booster seats are not required through age seven, a number of laws regarding the age of people getting licenses as well as the lack of a number of restrictions for young drivers, the fact that not everyone is required to have ignition interlock after a DUI, because texting while driving is not a primary offense and others.

The goal of some of these laws is personal safety, such as seat belt requirements and booster seats for young children, but others like the texting laws can affect everyone on the road. However, whether these laws are in place or not, people will still make mistakes on the road and accidents will occur. These accidents can lead to significant damage to cars as well as significant injuries to the people involved. These accidents can be costly for the people involved. Therefore, those who are victims of motor vehicle accidents may want to learn more about pursuing compensation for the damages they suffered.

Source: Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, "2016 Roadmap of State Highway Safety Laws" accessed on Feb. 22, 2016

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