The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released their annual report on the previous year’s highway crash data. For the second year in a row, overall traffic fatalities have decreased, dropping 2.4 percent from 2017 to 2018. Additionally, the fatality rate per 100 million miles traveled is the lowest since 2014, declining 3.4 percent.
In today’s busy world, we are often in a rush to get from Point A to Point B. Unfortunately, this reality can be dangerous for our kids. In Connecticut alone, thousands of children take the bus to school every day. When drivers are in a hurry to get to their destinations, it puts students waiting for the bus and crossing the road at risk.
Time flies when you’re having fun! As another summer winds down, kids across our state are getting ready to go back to school. For a few months, our morning commutes see less cars and buses because school is out. Come the end of August, classes will be back in session and school buses around every corner.
According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, the number of people hit and killed by vehicles each year has reached its highest since 1990. These accidents, which now account for about 16 percent of all traffic fatalities in the US, most often involve older adults and children but anyone can be a victim.
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), roughly 4,300 pedestrians died in motor vehicle accidents in 2010 and another 70,000 endured various injuries. Five years later, these figures increased: 5,376 pedestrian fatalities and 129,000 emergency room treatments for non-fatal injuries.