The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently reported that there was a decline in traffic fatalities in 2013. Part of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), the NHTSA annually releases data detailing many different traffic statistics, from deaths on roadways to drunken driving incidents, resulting in death. The 2013 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data tracks traffic crashes within the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The NHTSA states that to be included in the data, a crash must include a motor vehicle driving on a public roadway and one or more deaths must occur within 30 days as a result of a crash.
The 2013 report shows an overall 3.1 percent decline in traffic fatalities from 2012 and a promising decline of 25 percent in the last ten years. Along with passenger vehicle occupant deaths, large truck and motorcyclist fatalities declined for the first time since 2009. Although the number of people who died in distracted driving crashes has declined, the number of people injured in these types of crashes has increased one percent, totaling an estimated 424,000 injuries in 2013.
These results are most likely a combination of many factors including- increased education, enforcement and the dedication of hard-working organizations like the DOT and NHTSA. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx states, "Safety truly is a shared responsibility and we've all got more work to do in the New Year to keep more families together – that’s my resolution to the American people."
Laser Technology, Inc. (LTI) is dedicated to contributing to the increased safety on roadways in our nation and across the globe. Our advanced traffic safety technology gives enforcement agencies the ability to successfully make a difference in their community. We hope that 2014 showed a continued decrease in traffic fatalities and ask that all drivers make an effort towards safer driving habits in 2015.
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View article from NHTSA on 2013 decline in traffic fatalities.