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Traffic Safety:

Traffic Safety Facts

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released the 2004 safety fact sheet.

  • 2004 there were an estimated 6,181,000 police-reported traffic crashes.
  • 42,636 people were killed.
  • 2,788,000 people were injured.
  • 4,281,000 crashes involved property damage.
  • An average of 117 people died each day.
  • An estimated 15,434 lives were saved by seat belts.
  • Alcohol was responsible for 39% of all traffic fatalities, and the highest percentage age group was 21 to 24 year olds.
  • 38% of male drivers age 15 to 20 who were involved in fatal crashes were speeding.
  • Motorcyclists were 32 times more likely to to die than car occupants.
  • More than half of the passenger vehicle occupants killed were unrestrained.
  • Nearly one-fith of the pedalcyclists killed in traffic crashes were between the ages of 5 and 15.

Information provided by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration