Florida Rural Roads

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A new study shows that Florida's rural roads are among the most dangerous in the nation.

The Road Information Program, a think tank backed by industry groups, reported yesterday that Florida's rural roads combine for a higher death rate than those in any other state except Arizona.

The research found that three-point-seven people died on Florida's rural roads in 2003 for every 100 million miles that motorists drove. That made rural roads more than three times as dangerous as Florida's urban roads.

The think tank says those numbers are problematic. The group says Florida's old rural roads are becoming outdated and are now handling too much traffic.

Nationally, the death rate for rural roads was 2.7.

For all other roads nationally, the death rate was 1.0.