Data is critical to the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition. It drives our decisions, helps us focus on the most pressing issues, and tells us if we are making progress on our goal to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries involving Floridians age 65 and older.
On an annual basis, the Coalition obtains official close-out data on crashes, population, and licensing to develop meaningful trends. This data is used to establish priority counties which also support our decisions as we implement Florida's Aging Road User Strategic Safety Plan.
To provide consistency when monitoring trends from year to year, the Coalition established a methodology to help identify priority counties where crashes involving aging road users may be over-represented relative to the county’s 65 year and older population. Every year, we apply this methodology by using a 5-year average of the rate of crashes involving individuals aged 65+ compared to the population of 65+ in both urban and rural counties.
Safe Mobility for Life Coalition's 2021 Priority Counties
The Safe Mobility for Life Coalition's 2021 Aging Road User Data Map, with specific county data can be accessed here. This data can also be viewed by clicking on the map below to access FDOT's eTraffic interactive map.
The following data sources are used to establish, analyze, and report on the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition's aging road user data:
FLHSMV Crash Report data snapshot. This data is gathered from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) and is extracted and stored by the FDOT State Safety Office. The data extract occurs each year before the end of the year and includes the previous year’s data.
FDOT Crash Analysis Reporting System (CARS).
The FDOT CARS data differs from the FLHSMV Crash Report data by having each crash geo-located. All crashes occurring on public roads in Florida are geo-located with fatal crashes receiving the highest priority. Due to the geo-location process, the data availability for a full year can have a latency of two to three years.
- BEBR Population Estimates.
The University of Florida’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR) is the official source for Florida’s population statistics. The population projections, broken down by age, sex, and Florida counties, is used to develop various age-related statistics.
- FLHSMV Driver Licensed data. Like the population data, driver licensing data is broken down by age, sex, and county and is used to develop age-related statistics on the number of licensed drivers in the State.
For additional data resources that support Florida's Strategic Highway
Safety Plan, visit
FDOT's Safety Engineering webpage.
Sources: FLHSMV Closeout Data (data reflects records with known ages only), BEBR Population Estimates, FLHSMV Licensed Driver Data.
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