DOT Announces Reduction in Roadway Fatalities in 2019
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release about the U.S. Transportation Secretary’s announcement of further reductions in roadway fatalities in the first nine months of 2019. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao reported that during the first nine months of 2019, there was a 2.2 percent reduction in roadway fatalities when compared with the first nine months of 2018. Although this is great news, she was quick to point out that there is still much work to be done to improve safety on U.S. roads for motorists and all other roadway users.
Initial Data Reporting on 2019 Crash Fatalities
According to the press release, an estimated 26,730 people were killed in car crashes through September 30 of 2019. This marks the eighth consecutive year-to-year quarterly decline in car crash deaths since the fourth quarter of 2017. Additionally, initial data from the Federal Highway Administration shows vehicle miles traveled (VMT) in the first nine months of 2019 increased by approximately 24 billion miles, which represents about a one-percent increase. The fatality rate for the first nine months of 2019 decreased to 1.10 fatalities per 100 VMT, down from 1.13 fatalities in the first nine months of 2018.
Looking Forward at 2020 Roadway Safety Issues
While this preliminary data is certainly cause for celebration, there are still major safety issues plaguing U.S. roadways. Speeding, distracted driving and driving under the influence of drugs an alcohol continue to be serious epidemics on roadways in California and across the nation. The NHTSA, as well as a variety of state and local law enforcement and safety advocate partners across the U.S., will continue to work on combatting these issues on many different levels.
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