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Florida's Priority Counties

Every year, the Coalition selects priority counties using a 3-year average of the rate of crashes involving individuals aged 65+, compared to the population of 65+ in both urban and rural counties. (Click on the map for a pdf file of the map and crash data.)

For 2017 the following counties were chosen:

Top 10 Urban Priority Counties Top 10 Rural Priority Counties
Palm Beach

In establishing the methodology, the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition used the definition of rural county as defined in Section 288.0656, Florida Statutes:
  • A county with a population of 75,000 or less.
  • A county with a population of 125,000 or less which is contiguous to a county with a population of 75,000 or less.
  • Any municipality within a county as described above.

Data maps supporting the Coalition activities and important areas of focus can be accessed by clicking these links that will open the 2017 maps in PDF format.

Priority Counties Drivers Pedestrians Bicyclists Motorcycles
Top ten rural and urban priority counties Crashes involving motor vehicle drivers aged 65+   Crashes involving pedestrians aged 65+  Crashes involving bicyclists aged 65+   Crashes involving motorcyclists aged 65+ 

National Statistics on Mature Drivers

In 2015, 6,165 people aged 65 and older were killed and 240,000 were injured in traffic crashes across the United States. These older individuals made up 18% of all traffic fatalities and 10% of all people injured in traffic crashes during the year. Compared to 2014, fatalities among people aged 65 and older increased by 8%. Among people injured in this age group, there was an 8% increase from 2014.

View NHTSA's Traffic Safety Facts for the Older Population for more information.

Surveys and Results

In 2013 a telephone and internet survey was conducted to identify the habits, needs and concerns of Florida’s aging road users, and to assess how these changed since 2011 and 2012. The survey investigated drivers’ and other road users’ characteristics; their opinions regarding the safety of Florida’s roads; their plans for when they can no longer safely drive; and their knowledge of the Coalition, local transportation options, CarFit events, and driver safety courses.

Perceptive Market Research of Gainesville, Florida administered the survey to a random sample of 1,056 Florida residents, approximately half of whom are between age 50 and 65 and another half are 65 and older.

View the Coalition's 2013 Aging Road User Survey Summary and the accompanying article including video and audio stories produced by the Florida State University and presented by Coalition members Dr. John Reynolds and Dr. Alice Pomidor.

The Coalition is currently finalizing a 2017 Aging Road User Survey, results will be shared when completed.

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