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Old 03-21-2010, 07:49 PM
 
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I live in Boston, Massachusetts (known for our crazy & awful drivers) and I am moving to Orlando. Where I live, people drive very fast! 80-90 on the highway, and at least 10-15 miles per hour above the speed limit on side streets. What are drivers in Orlando like?
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Old 03-21-2010, 08:11 PM
 
Location: Oviedo, FL
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oh no.... be prepared for some crazy responses..

I lived in NY virtually all my life, City, upstate, and the drivers down here.. nothin special good or bad in my opinion.
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Old 03-21-2010, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Global citizen
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they can get pretty crazy over here depending on where in orlando you are.
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Old 03-21-2010, 11:37 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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I grew up in Orlando, learned to drive in Orlando, and have driven in many different cities around the country and I do not see it being any worse or better than an other Major City in the US. I constantly drive from the Disney area (where I live) to east Orlando (UCF area) and don't really notice anything besides the occasional speedster. Traffic is your normal back ups during the rush hours but nothing that isn't happening in other cities. Your going to get many people stating that Florida or Orlando is the worst they have ever seen but I honestly don't think it is that bad. the speed limit through Downtown Orlando on I-4 is only 50 so many people do speed through that area and I see people going 70 through there depending on the time of day. But on the other side you have people driving 55 on the 408 or 4-17 where the speed limit might be 65. If you are from Boston I don't think you would have a problem dealing the Central Florida drivers and traffic.
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Old 03-22-2010, 12:28 AM
 
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(especially Miami - Miami is the worst I've seen and hear about),
Why do you always go out of your way to bash a place that you visited only once?
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Old 03-22-2010, 05:51 AM
 
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Orlando doesn't have a crazy driver problem and frankly neither does Miami. Miami has a too many driver problem but thats entirely different.

You want to see bad drivers in Orlando go to I-Drive. Luckily nobody that lives in Orlando really spends any significant time there and anywhere else is fine.

You want to see a lot of bad drivers try some areas of PBC, now that place is by far worse than Miami or Orlando in terms of bad drivers.
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Old 03-22-2010, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I live in Boston, Massachusetts (known for our crazy & awful drivers) and I am moving to Orlando. Where I live, people drive very fast! 80-90 on the highway, and at least 10-15 miles per hour above the speed limit on side streets. What are drivers in Orlando like?
As far as speeding, passing, and weaving in and out of traffic....It's similar to what I've experienced in NY\CT.

However, the difference here in Orlando with the level of 'driving skills', and overall "recklessness", show in the sheer number of accidents I have seen and have been a victim of (Here in Orlando - which are more).

So I personally think the chances of bodily harm as a result of being in an accident are greater here in Orlando than where I did, and soon will do the majority of my driving (In lower Westchester NY and CT).

The link below has nothing to do with these "Which state has the worst drivers", surveys. It is real data showing driving fatalities by state. Which is what I am getting at with my post above.

The "Fatality Rate", is a good indicator on how more or less at risk you may be here in Florida as compared to other states.

http://www.census.gov/compendia/stat...es/10s1068.pdf

The data is from 2007 and they recently passed the seat belt law here in Florida last year. So the numbers may have improved slightly.

Just found this:

http://www.flhsmv.gov/html/2008Rate.pdf

Shows the crash and fatality rates for all the counties here in Florida from 2007 to 2008, so this may give some additional insight.
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Old 03-22-2010, 06:53 AM
 
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Nice find!
Because I like Urban Planning/Policy I went ahead and used the County statistics from 2007 I did a very crude attempt at accounting for density. The higher the ratios the worse it is. This does a pretty good job in confirming my belief that Palm Beach has the worst drivers. Based on its Density both its Crash Rate and Fatality Rates are high along with a very high Crash resulting in Fatality Rate. Compare for example the Ratio 3 of PBC at 1.4% vs MDC at 0.7%. I'll take my chances in Miami-Dade over Palm Beach any day personally. It also helps show pretty clearly that Orlando metro (Seminole and Orange are not as bad as the others).

Palm Beach County
Density: 572/sq mi (221/km²)
Crashes: 14,674
Fatalities: 205
Ratio 1 (C/D): 25.65
Ratio 2 (F/D): 0.35
Ratio 3 (F/C): 0.014

Orange County
Density: 1,127/sq mi (435/km²)
Crashes: 18,089
Fatalities: 185
Ratio 1 (C/D): 16.05
Ratio 2 (F/D): 0.16
Ratio 3: (F/C): 0.010

Seminole County
Density: 1,186/sq mi (458/km²)
Crashes: 2895
Fatalities: 48
Ratio 1 (C/D): 2.44
Ratio 2 (F/D): 0.04
Ratio 3 (F/C): 0.017

Broward County
Density: 1,347/sq mi
Crashes: 26,981
Fatalities: 253
Ratio 1 (C/D): 20.03
Ratio 2 (F/D): 0.19
Ratio 3: (F/C): 0.009

Hills Borough County
Density: 951/sq mi (367/km²)
Crashes: 22,613
Fatalities: 183
Ratio 1 (C/D): 23.77
Ratio 2 (F/D): 0.19
Ratio 3 (F/C): 0.008

Miami-Dade County
Density: 1,158/sq mi (447/km²)
Crash: 45,218
Fatalities: 310
Ratio 1 (C/D): 39.05
Ratio 2 (F/D): 0.27
Ratio 3 (F/C): 0.0068
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Old 03-22-2010, 07:42 AM
 
Location: FLORIDA
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^^^ Miami's ratio's TERRIBLE. Seminole Co has the best ratio. No suprises there.
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Old 03-22-2010, 07:46 AM
 
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I live in Boston, Massachusetts (known for our crazy & awful drivers) and I am moving to Orlando. Where I live, people drive very fast! 80-90 on the highway, and at least 10-15 miles per hour above the speed limit on side streets. What are drivers in Orlando like?
Hi! I've lived in 4 states, Florida, North Carolina, Illinois, and Wisconsin and also traveled extensively to Boston and Philadelphia. Yup, those Boston drivers are rough customers.

However, the main difference I notice down here is road rage and lack of ANY patience. At least when I drove around Boston, I heard a ton of horn honking. Those Bostonians give you about a nano second to get your bloomin a$$ moving before hitting the horn. LOL

Here, you will get vile yelling, a lot of obscene gestures, horn honking, and the possibility of more violent road rage, depending on the area you're in, of course.

I really try to just chill when I drive here and mosey along in the right lane not bothering anyone. South Florida is worse than Central Florida in my opinion. I start noticing the change south of Ft. Pierce, and it gets wilder the farther south you go.
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