Report: US Roadway Fatalities Still at 10-Year High

The National Safety Council (NSC) just published their numbers for 2017 and by their estimation, motor vehicle deaths dropped only 1% from the previous year. While this does seem to show a “leveling off” from the past two years, the high number of fatalities still has the industry and lawmakers concerned.


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Breaking Down the Numbers

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In order to reduce road fatalities, NSC released the following “life-saving measures” for drivers:

  • Practice defensive driving; buckle up, designate a sober driver or arrange alternative transportation, get plenty of sleep to avoid fatigue, and drive attentively, avoiding distractions
  • Recognize the dangers of drugged driving, including impairment from prescription opioids; visit StopEverydayKillers.org to understand the impact of the nation’s opioid crisis
  • Stay engaged in teens’ driving habits; visit DriveitHOME.org for resources
  • Learn about your vehicle’s safety systems and how to use them; visit MyCarDoesWhat.org for information
  • Fix recalls immediately; visit ChecktoProtect.org to ensure your vehicle does not have an open recall
  • Ask lawmakers and state leaders to protect travelers on state roadways; the NSC State of Safety report shows which states have the strongest and weakest traffic safety laws
  • Join the Road to Zero to understand how safety professionals are addressing motor vehicle fatalities; visit RoadToZero.org to get involved

Optotraffic is committed to increasing safety on our roads and will continue to work with law enforcement to reduce dangerous driving with our innovative traffic safety enforcement solutions. If you are interested in starting an enforcement program in your community or would like more information on any of our traffic safety programs, please contact us today.