Drinking and Driving: Understanding the Fatality Numbers

Drinking and driving: A bad mix

The dangers of drinking and driving have long been drilled into drivers. The evils of alcohol has been evident even in movies for many years. Who can forget a drunk “unborn” George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) driving his old jalopy into the “oldest tree in Pottersville” in It’s a Wonderful Life?
In 2018, of the 17,168 traffic fatalities in the United States, 65 percent or 11,109 were related to alcohol, according to the federal Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System.
The states and areas with the highest percentages of traffic-related deaths with a connection to alcohol include: Washington D.C., 100 percent; New Hampshire, 94 percent; Massachusetts and Oklahoma, each 91 percent; Vermont, 89 percent; and Colorado, Minnesota, South Dakota, and West Virginia, each 88 percent. California was right at the nation at average at 65 percent with 896 of its 1,369 traffic deaths in 2018 connected to alcohol. The states with the lowest rates of alcohol-related traffic deaths were: Indiana at 26 percent; Kansas at 31 percent; Wyoming at 40 percent; and Tennessee and Mississippi at 47 percent. By shear number, California had the highest number of alcohol-related traffic deaths in the country with 896 in 2018.
Based on daytime observational surveys conducted by the states, the nationwide rate of seat belt use among front seat passenger vehicle occupants in 2018 was 90 percent. The state with the highest observed seat belt use for front seat occupants was Hawaii, at 98 percent, while the lowest was New Hampshire at 76 percent.The message is clear and has been from the time of George Bailey and It’s A Wonderful Life: Don’t Drink and Drive.
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Which States Have the Highest Rate of Traffic Fatalities?

Which states have the most traffic deaths?

Florida. Texas, and California are three of the fastest growing states in the country. They are also the three states that have the most traffic deaths in the United States.
In those three states alone more than 10,400 people died in traffic accidents in 2017, according to the federal Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In all, more than 37,100 people died in traffic accident in the United States in 2017.
According to an on-line study in U.S. News and World Report, the following 10 states had the most traffic deaths in 2017:
* Michigan. In 2017, 1,030 people died in traffic accidents in the state that houses most of the country’s auto makers. This was a decrease of 3.3 percent from the year before.
* Tennessee. In one of the country’s fastest growing states, 1,040 people died in traffic accidents, an increase of 0.3 percent from 2016.
* Illinois. Nearly 1,100 people died, 1,097, in traffic accidents in 2017, a hike of 1.8 percent from the year before.
* Pennsylvania. The number of traffic deaths fell by 4.3 percent in 2017, but still 1,137 people died in traffic deaths there in 2017.
* Ohio. Traffic deaths increased by 4.2 percent to 1,179 in 2017 in Ohio.
* North Carolina, one of the country’s fastest growing states, traffic deaths fell by 2.6 percent in 2017, but still 1,412 people died there because of traffic-related accidents.
* Georgia. The number of traffic deaths in Georgia fell by one percent in Georgia for 2017 to 1,540.
* Florida. The number of traffic deaths fell by two percent in Florida in 2017 but still more than 3,100 people died, 3,112, that year.
* California. The traffic death rate dropped by 6.1 percent for California, one of the highest decreases in the country. In all, 3,602 people died in traffic accidents in California in 2017.
* Texas. More than 3,700 people, 3,722, died in Texas in 2017, a decrease of two percent from the previous year.
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