National Road Safety Week is an annual event in the United States that focuses on raising awareness of the importance of safe driving and reducing the number of traffic-related fatalities and injuries. Here are some statistics and information about road safety in the United States:
- In 2020, there were 38,824 motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States, a 2% decrease from 2019, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- The leading cause of motor vehicle deaths in the United States is drunk driving. In 2020, 10,511 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, accounting for 27% of all motor vehicle traffic fatalities, NHTSA says.
- Distracted driving is also a major contributor to traffic crashes. In 2019, over 3,000 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers, according to the NHTSA.
- Speeding is another major factor in traffic fatalities. In 2019, over 9,000 people were killed in crashes involving speeding, NHTSA says.
- Wearing a seat belt can greatly reduce the risk of death or serious injury in a crash. In 2020, it is estimated that seat belts saved over 15,000 lives, according to NHTSA.
- Young drivers are at a higher risk of being involved in a crash than older drivers. In 2020, drivers aged 15-20 made up 7% of all drivers involved in fatal crashes, and were involved in 21% of all fatal crashes involving a young driver, according to NHTSA.
- Pedestrian safety is also a concern on the nation’s roads. In 2020, 6,824 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes, a 5% increase from 2019, NHTSA says.
During National Road Safety Week, state and local governments, safety organizations, and law enforcement agencies across the country work together to promote safe driving practices and raise awareness about the importance of road safety. This includes increased enforcement of traffic laws, public education campaigns, and community events.
By following safe driving practices, such as not driving under the influence, avoiding distractions, obeying speed limits, wearing a seatbelt, and being aware of young and pedestrian on the road, we can all help to make our roads safer for everyone.
Sources: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) https://www.nhtsa.gov/
National Safety Council (NSC) https://www.nsc.org/home