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The information contained in this Traffic Crash Statistics booklet is extracted from law enforcement agency long-form reports of traffic crashes. A law enforcement officer must submit a long-form crash report when investigating:

  • Motor vehicle crashes resulting in death or personal injury, or
  • Motor vehicle crashes in which one or more of the following conditions occur:
  • Leaving the scene involving damage to an attended vehicle or property
    (Section 316.061 (1), F.S.), or
  • Driving while under the influence of alcoholic beverages, chemical substances, or
    controlled substances or with an unlawful blood alcohol level (Section 316.193, F.S.).

An investigating officer may report other traffic crashes on the long-form crash report. In particular, applicable statutes specify an officer's discretion to submit a long-form report in crashes where a vehicle is rendered inoperable to the degree that a wrecker is required to remove it from traffic.

Statutory revisions in 1983 and 1989 reduced the number of non-injury crashes required to be reported to the Department. Any presentation of historical data that includes such crashes, such total traffic crash counts, will reflect these changes. Data on traffic crashes involving death, injury, or other criteria for law enforcement long-form reports as outlined above are not affected.

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