Traffic Safety Facts
In regards to safety on the road Americans are
actually improving. Whether it be improved road engineering, or improved
awareness of our hazards the numbers are declining. The government has
been tracking fatalities since the mid sixties, and the average number of
motorists dying on our roads was over 50,000 at that time. An average of
around 5.5 deaths per 100 million miles traveled. That number is now down
to around 1.5 per 100 million.
- Crashes on our nations roads are the leading
cause of death from the ages of 3 to 33.
- Last year 42,636 motorists and non-motorists
were killed in traffic crashes. This is a record low!
- California showed improvement from last
year, but still holds title to the # 1 spot for fatalities. Texas holds
the # 2 position.
- Alcohol is responsible for nearly 17,000 of
those fatalities in 2004.
- Speeding is responsible for approximately
30% of fatalities, and 40% is speeding while negotiating a turn or curve on
the road. Alcohol is involved in many of the speeding fatality
- 55% of the fatalities were passenger not
wearing a seatbelt.
So if you understand statistics, and want to
greatly improve your chance of survival:
- Don't drink and drive
- Don't speed
- Wear a seatbelt
These are the best things you can do as a
motorist to avoid becoming a fatality.
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* Information provided by the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration