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The Florida Highway Patrol is introducing Target Zero because we have witnessed a significant increase in deaths since the outbreak as a result of more individuals being on the roads. Target Zero is a statewide project that aims to minimize the number of fatalities and serious injuries caused by speeding and aggressive driving on Florida’s highways

Target Zero in Florida expands on the Vision Zero tenet by concentrating on changing risky driving practices before significant and catastrophic incidents occur (Let’s have drivers comprehend that 6 feet apart shouldn’t equal 6 feet beneath). Target Zero coordinates resources and develops activities for all safety partners to take progressive measures to enhance Florida’s transportation system’s connections, interactions, plans, designs, operations, and maintenance.

A vehicle must pull over right away in Florida if there has been property damage, injuries, or fatalities. Leaving the scene of an accident involving injury or death is a crime, and those found guilty face prison time and a three-year license suspension.

The majority of hit-and-run accidents, according to state statistics, take place at night or in low light. According to a study of collision data from 2015 to 2022, 85% of hit-and-runs occurred during dawn, twilight, or night.

FDOT reports that between 2020 and 2022, there was a more than 19 percent rise in accidents, and only a 14 percent increase in fatal collisions.

It won’t be simple to eliminate all deaths from Florida’s roads, especially given the state’s growing population and heavy development. The Florida Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP), the state’s plan to end major injuries and deaths throughout the transportation system, includes priority areas that may be addressed through educational programs as part of Target Zero, a data-driven, multifaceted behavior change project.

For more information about how this new campaign work visit: Sources for the 2021-2025 Florida Strategic Highway Safety Plan