Overall, there was an increase in drivers on the road as estimated Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) grew 2.2% in 2016 and the fatality rate per 100 million VMT went up 2.6%.
Total fatalities increased 5.6% and speed-related crashes increased by 4%. Pedestrian fatalities saw the biggest increase at 9% and the NHTSA reports that the 5,967 fatalities from 2016 are “the highest number since 1990.”
It is Not All Bad News
In their report, NHTSA states that safety initiatives and public awareness campaigns have increased seat belt use and reduced drunk/impaired driving, which has lowered the number of traffic fatalities over the past decade. Improvements to vehicle technology such as stability controls and air bags have helped reduce deaths as well.
But we cannot rely on technology alone. Until the day comes where we are all being chauffeured around by our cars with complete driverless technology, drivers will still have to take charge of not only their safety, but the safety of those around them. Speeding, distracted driving and other harmful behaviors behind the wheel all can cause crashes that are 100% preventable.
Optotraffic is committed to increasing traffic safety and will continue to work with law enforcement to reduce traffic-related crashes by offering innovative traffic enforcement solutions for speed, red-light, slow down move over enforcement, parking and more.
If you are interested in starting an enforcement program in your community or would like more information on any of our traffic enforcement solutions, please contact us today.