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4 differences between utah and florida drivers

Gossiping about drivers from other states is almost a national pastime; it seems each and every state has its own rich tapestry of trivia and observation about those behind the wheel who were originally trained elsewhere. California drivers complain about East Coast drivers, as well as those from the Pacific Northwest. New York drivers complain about those from upstate as well as down. Nobody anywhere much likes drivers from Illinois.
While much of this is good-natured ribbing, sometimes there are useful lessons to be learned when comparing the behavior of drivers from different states. Let’s take a look at the random pairing of Utah and Florida to demonstrate the point:
• DUI and Drugged Driving Statistics – Utah has long been an example of a state that does a good job regarding DUI and drugged driving education and enforcement. Almost each and every year, they are near the bottom of the DUI and drugged driving fatality charts, compared to Florida, who not only is usually relatively near the top, but also currently demonstrating statistically significant increases in the proportion of DUI/drugged driving incidents, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
• Crash Fatality Rate – Utah again is one of the safer states in the Union by this metric, with a relatively low crash fatality rate. Florida experiences rates more than twice as high. While some of the difference can be explained away due to increased population density and overall amount of traffic, not all of the difference can be attributed to these factors, implying other variables are in play.
• Incidence of Speeding in Fatalities – While Utah is one of the best states in terms of DUI and drugged driving rates, they are one of the worst when it comes to speeding. Speeding was a prime cause in nearly 42% of total traffic fatalities in the state according to recent statistics. The same report indicates that excessive speeding was only a factor in 21% of fatal crashes in Florida.
• Older Drivers Can Be a Real Issue – One final major difference between the drivers of the two states is their average age. With the number of senior citizens in Florida scheduled to double by 2020, Florida law enforcement agencies have already begun adapting training to deal with the future demographics. This includes special training on dealing with elderly drivers and other initiatives.
As you can see, a comparison between states can help to point out areas where a given state could use particular improvement. One thing states can do to improve general safety across the board in all categories is to ensure that they have sufficient traffic school and defensive driving classes available, and that they ensure their residents receive proper road safety training throughout their driving careers.
“Attending traffic school every few years can be a valuable refresher for many people, particularly if they have recently received a violation of some sort,” says Anthony Lopez, CEO of He continued, “Even if you haven’t received a ticket or been involved in a crash, you may still find defensive driving valuable; it often helps you cut your insurance premiums as well.” Statistics seem to bear this point of view out over time, with repeat violations trending downward in states after establishing comprehensive traffic school programs.

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