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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
Alachua
Bay
Broward
Duval
Escambia
Leon
Miami-Dade
Monroe
Orange
Palm Beach
Bradford
Columbia
Desoto
Flagler
Hamilton
Hardee
Jackson
Okeechobee
Putnam
Walton

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 Licensed Drivers
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+  Licensed drivers 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

From March 2017 to April 2017 we conducted a statewide survey to understand how Floridians over the age of 50 get from place to place. We collected 2,864 surveys (on-line and paper) from 57 counties. The survey questions ranged from how they feel about driving, how they get around their community, to how they would feel about driving an autonomous vehicle. The Coalition will be examining this data further and using results to implement our Aging Road User Strategic Safety Plan.

A general overview of the respondents include:

  • 19% are 64 years old or younger
  • 81% are 65 years old or older
  • 97.8% currently have a driver's license
  • 97.3% have driven in the last 30 days
  • 93.6% reported their overall health to be good
  • 52.1% drive 7 days a week

A statewide report of the on-line responses can be found in the Aging Road User Survey Responses 2017. Please keep in mind when reviewing the data that these are the raw responses reported and some counties had a small response rate.

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.

The survey was administered to a random sample of 1,056 Florida residents, approximately half of whom were between age 50 and 65 and the other half were 65 and older.