Key Issues and Statistics

According to National Safety Council Injury Facts 2015, about 93,200 people died from unintentional-injury-related deaths in 2013. That’s 93,200 times a young driver, mother, father, grandparent, or employee’s ordinary day turned tragic. North Dakotans are not excluded from the dangers of unintentional injuries and deaths that take place off-the-job.

 

 

o   National:

  • Motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for people age 5-24 in 2013. (National Safety Council – Injury Facts. 2016)
  • In 2014, motor vehicle crashes claimed 35,398 lives; some of these fatalities involved people who drive for a living. (National Safety Council – Injury Facts. 2016)
  • The three biggest causes of fatalities on the road include: Alcohol (30.8%), Speeding (30%), and Distracted driving (26%). (National Safety Council – Injury Facts. 2015)
  • Findings from a recent NSC public opinion poll indicate 80% of drivers across America incorrectly believe that hands-free devices are safer than using a handheld phone. (National Safety Council)

o   North Dakota:

  • 113 people died on North Dakota roads in 2016, 18 fewer than in 2015. (North Dakota Department of Transportation)
  • 42% of fatal crashes were alcohol-related, a 10% decrease from 2015. (North Dakota Department of Transportation)
  • There were 247 motorcycle-related crashes in 2016, an 11.8% decrease from 2015. (North Dakota Department of Transportation)
  • In 2016, 58% of motor vehicle fatalities were not buckled up, a 4% decrease from 2015. (North Dakota Department of Transportation)
  • 25% of fatal motor vehicle crashes were speed related/driving too fast for conditions, a 7% decrease from 2015. (North Dakota Department of Transportation)
  • The average blood-alcohol content among DUI offenders in North Dakota is .17 – more than twice the legal limit of .08. (North Dakota Department of Transportation)