There have been several reports in the last few weeks examining data on traffic accidents, pedestrian deaths, and overall safety on the roads. And much of the news has been troubling. Groups including the District Department of Transportation, American Automobile Association, and Maryland Department of Transportation have released information suggesting that transportation-related deaths have been on the rise.
Let’s take a look at some of the key data points on traffic safety.
557 - The number of roadway deaths in Maryland in 2017, a 7 percent rise from 2016, according to the Maryland Department of Transportation.
32 - The number of hit-and-run fatalities in Virginia in 2016, up from an average of 25 annually between 2013 and 2015, according to the American Automobile Association. Nationally, hit-and-runs have increased an average of 7.2 percent annually since 2009.
45 - The number of roadway deaths that would have been prevented if victims had been wearing seatbelts, according to MDOT.
79 - The number of pedestrians and cyclists killed in 2017 in the Washington, D.C. region, representing an increase over 2016, according to data from the Governors Highway Safety Association.
7 - The number of pedestrian fatalities in the District of Columbia during the first half of 2017, up from three during the same period in 2016.
1.01 - The rate, based on every 100,000 people, of pedestrian deaths in the District of Columbia in the first half of 2017, according to the GHSA. This is the 10th-highest rate in the U.S.
30 - The percentage of pedestrian fatalities in the District that took place at intersections between 2014 and 2016. Only eight states plus the District had percentages higher than 25 percent, GHSA reported.
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