Innovative traffic safety programs and partnerships that promote the combined use of law enforcement, marketing campaigns, media, and education have effectively reduced the number of traffic deaths and injuries in the United States.
The following are just a few suggestions to reduce the risk of injuring yourself or others on the roadways.
Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 51 minutes. The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $59 billion.
According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among those aged 1-54 in the U.S. More than 2.2 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2012.1 Adult seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes. Yet millions of adults do not wear their seat belts on every trip.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2012, 10,219 lives were lost due to speed-related accidents, up 2 percent from 10,001 in 2011.
Speeding was a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes in 2012.
Speed-related crashes cost Americans $40.4 billion each year.
In 15- to 20-year-old and 21-to 24-year old male drivers who were involved in fatal crashes
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that in 2010 driver distraction was the cause of 18 percent of all fatal crashes – with 3,092 people killed – and crashes resulting in an injury – with 416,000 people wounded.at the time of the crash.