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Florida's Priority Counties

Every year, the Coalition selects priority counties 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.

For 2019 the following counties were chosen:

Top 10 Urban Priority Counties

Top 10 Rural Priority Counties



In establishing the methodology, the Safe Mobility for Life Coalition uses 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 Sources
Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Florida's Integrated Report Exchange System (FIRES)
University of Florida Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR)

Overall, in Florida as road users age, they are involved in fewer crashes. This suggests that older adults engage in safer mobility habits compared to younger age groups.

The following graphic represents Florida data from 2017 (most current year)

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The crash rate for people aged 65+ is about half that of 35-54 year olds, yet they have twice the fatality rate. This suggests 65+ road users have a much greater risk of death once they are involved in a crash.


National Statistics on Mature DriversCrash Facts Image

In 2017, 6,784 people aged 65 and older were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. These older individuals made up 18% of all traffic fatalities of all people injured in traffic crashes during the year. Compared to 2016, fatalities among people aged 65 and older decreased by 1%

View NHTSA's Traffic Safety Facts for the Older Population for more information.

Surveys and Results

In 2017 the Coalition 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.