Ohio a Leader in Highway Safety
Motorist Behavior Key To Reducing Fatalities
COLUMBUS The U.S.
Department of Transportation recently announced the lowest highway
fatality rate ever recorded and the largest drop in total deaths for
2006. Through its aggressive highway safety program, Ohio was a major
contributor to making roadways safer.
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) along with the
Department of Public Safety have made significant improvements in
highway safety over the past several years using expert analysis of
crash data and patterns to target high crash and congested locations.
In 2006, Ohio achieved several key benchmarks in the areas of highway
and public safety, highlighted by the Ohio State Highway Patrols
partnered enforcement efforts with local law enforcement agencies that
resulted in a record low traffic crash fatality rate and an historic
82 percent seat belt usage rate among Ohioans.
There were 42,642 traffic deaths in the United States in 2006. This
is the lowest recorded total in five years, and the national fatality
rate of 1.42 deaths per 100 million miles traveled was the lowest rate
recorded by the Department of Transportation. Ohios fatality rate is
well below the national average at 1.1 deaths per 100 million miles
traveled. Ohios goal is to reduce fatalities to 1.0 per 100 million
miles traveled by the end of 2008.
Last year, Ohio experienced a 7 percent reduction in crashes and
fatalities. In 2005, Ohio had the 14th lowest fatality rate in the
nation (the most recent year available from the federal government).
These improvements saved 89 lives and decreased statewide crashes by
more than 24,000.
Were combining transportation improvements, partnerships with law
enforcement and public education to reduce deaths and injuries on our
highways, said ODOT Director James Beasley. But motorist behavior is
critical to reducing fatalities even further.
In 2006, there were 334,089 crashes in Ohio 1,237 people were
killed and 83,261 people were injured. The vast majority of the
crashes could have been avoided by safer driver behavior. Almost 500
lives could be saved each year if all motorists used a seatbelt, drove
sober and traveled at appropriate speeds.
Percentage of All Fatalities
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