Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 15-20 year olds in the United States. Recognizing the problem is the first step to finding a solution. New programs such as “Click it or Ticket” and “You Booze You Lose” are campaigns North Carolina started to combat the dangers on the road. We are doing our PART by creating an Accident Safety Awareness Program. We aim to inform the public of the statistics and show them how easy it is to become a responsible driver.
Goals of A.S.A.P.
• Work with partner agencies to reduce traffic crashes, injuries, and fatalities in the PART Region
• Develop an education program aimed at drivers in high accident age groups
• Work with partner agencies to seek funding for safety improvements and safety awareness programs
Census data indicates that the region has 16.9% of the states population. There are over 1.1 million licensed drivers in the 10 county PART Region. Drivers are broken up into the following age groups: 15-19; 20-24; 25-34; 35-44; 45-54; 55-64; 65-74; 75+.
Regional 5 year (2003-2007) avg. traffic data indicates the region had 16.9% of the states traffic crashes, 16.3% injuries, and 15% of fatalities.
The leading type of accidents vary from county to county but the overall leading types of accidents in 2008 were rear end, angle, fixed object, animal, side swipes and running off the roadway.
Troubles on the Roadways
• 5.3% of drivers in the PART region are in the 15-19 age group. This 5.3% of drivers were involved in 14.4% of traffic crashes, 16.1% of traffic related injuries and 10.6% of traffic related fatalities.
• Drivers between the ages of 20-24 make up 8.2% of the total driver population. This group of drivers were involved in 14.6% of traffic accidents, 14.9% of traffic related injuries and 12.5% of traffic fatalities.
• The 25-34 age group has 16.8% of the drivers, 19.6% of the crashes, 20.2% of the injuries and 16.2% of the fatalities.
• The 35-44 age group represents 19.2% of the driver population, they were involved in in 17.4% of traffic related fatalities, 18% of the crashes and 17.9% of the traffic related injuries.
• The 75+ age group accounts for 6.4% of the drivers, 4.4% of crashes, 4% of injuries and 10.8% of fatalities.
Things you might not know...
• Approximately 17.3% of licensed drivers and 17.7% of registered vehicles in North Carolina reside in the PART Region.
• From 2003-2007 there were:
• This equates to traffic crashes approximately every 13 minutes, an injury every 25 minutes and a death every 1.5 days.
• 238 traffic accidents a year is equal to four 60 passenger jets crashing in our region every year.
• In the Unites States the leading cause of death in 2007 of teens from 15-20 were injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes.
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