September 8, 2011 Florida’s growing population and popularity with motorcycle enthusiasts makes motorcycle safety an important issue. The number of motorcycle crashes, fatalities, and injuries in the United States has increased in recent years, and Florida has shown the same trend. The number of motorcycle crashes and injuries in Florida more than doubled between the late-1990s and 2008. In 2009, Florida motorcycle fatalities dropped 24% due to the passage of mandatory training law and significant efforts of the Florida Motorcycle Safety Coalition to improve motorcycle safety. The 2009 data also reflects a 13.6% reduction in crashes and a 12.7% reduction in injuries. One of important tasks of the Florida Motorcycle Safety Coalition is to analyze crash data and identify crash hot spots based on crash frequency for safety improvements. A detailed analysis of motorcycle crashes at hot spot locations in the top 10 Florida counties with the highest motorcycle crashes is provided in this webcast. The contributing factors for these motorcycle crashes are presented. The crash hot spot maps can be used as an effective tool by all related parties in a county or city to develop programs and help reduce motorcycle crashes. Download a PDF copy of the presentation.

Presented by: Achilleas Kourtellis, Ph.D., Research Associate and Pei-Sung Lin, Ph.D., P.E., PTOE, ITS Program Director, Center for Urban Transportation Research


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