CPS Week Highlights Importance of Car Seats, Booster Seats and Seat Belts
More than a third of children under age 13 who died in passenger vehicle crashes in 2011 were not in car seats or wearing seat belts. But from 1975 through 2011, NHTSA estimates that approximately 10,000 lives were saved by child restraints for children under the age of 5 in passenger vehicles, with more than 260 lives saved in 2011 alone.
August 26, 2013
Drunk Drivers Kill More Than Just Themselves
More than a third of those killed in alcohol-involved crashes are not the impaired drivers. In 2011:
1,612 were passengers of drunk drivers
1,049 were occupants in other vehicles
710 were pedestrians or bicyclists
91 were child passengers of the drunk drivers
August 5, 2013
Because Everyone Is A Pedestrian, Rising Deaths a Concern
Pedestrians were among the few categories of road users where deaths rose, accounting for 14% of total traffic fatalities in 2011, up 3% from 2010. If the proportions remain the same, we can expect that one pedestrian will be injured every 8 minutes and one will die every 2 hours in a traffic crash this year. >> Everyone Is A Pedestrian One-Stop Online Resource
Recent estimates state that 90 people die each year in a crash sin which tire aging was possibly a factor. Tire aging occurs when the rubber in your tires breaks down over time – a process accelerated by heat.
June 17, 2013
School's Out, But Safety Is Still In Session
So keep your kids properly restrained. Here's why: In 2011, 4,953 occupants age 14 and younger were involved in fatal crashes. Of the children fatally injured, 41% were unrestrained.
June 10, 2013
Kids Left in Hot Cars: Disaster Happens Quickly
And the deadly danger of heatstroke goes beyond just hot days. Even cool days in the 60s can cause the temperature to top 110 degrees Fahrenheit inside your car. To avoid tragedy, make a habit of looking in the vehicle -- front and back -- before locking the door and walking away. >> Where's Baby? -- Get Involved!
June 3, 2013
To Those Who Say A Penny Isn't Worth Much
Using the penny test to check the tread depth of your tires can save you a lot of money in crash repairs. More importantly, it could save you from injury, or even save your life. While most tire failures result in nothing more serious than minor property damage, more than 11,000 tow-away crashes occur every year related to tire issues. >> More on Tire Safety
May 20, 2013
"Click It or Ticket" Campaign Highlights Dangers of Nighttime Crashes
Motorists who died in crashes are likely to be unbuckled. In 2011, 62 percent of motorists who died in a crash that occurred at night were unrestrained; compared to 43 percent of those who died in a crash during the day.
May 13, 2013
The Best Reason Why You Should Buckle Up Every Time, Every Trip
No, it's not to avoid the ticket. It's to save your life. In 2010, if all passenger vehicle occupants age 5 and older had worn seat belts, an additional 3,341 lives could have been saved.
May 6, 2013
Why it's Important to Share the Road With Motorcyclists
In 2011, motorcyclists killed comprised 14 percent of all highway deaths, despite motorcycles making up just 3 percent of all registered vehicles.
April 29, 2013
Late Afternoons through Early Evenings Are Danger Zone for Bicyclists
In 2011, 677 bicyclists and other cyclists died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Almost one-third died between 4pm and 8pm.
April 22, 2013
Distracted Driving is Also a Danger to Those Not in Vehicles
Fifteen percent of people killed in distraction-affected crashes were not in a motor vehicle – they were walking or riding a bicycle, for example.
April 15, 2013
In Large-Truck Crashes, Most Fatalities Occur In The Other Vehicles
In 2011, 3,757 people were killed in motor-vehicle crashes involving a large truck. Over 70 percent of those people were riding in the other vehicle in the large-truck crash.
April 8, 2013
What Do 660,000 U.S. Drivers Have In Common Every Daylight Moment?
They're talking on hand-held cell phones or fiddling with an electronic device. Think about that: During any given daylight moment 5% of all drivers on American roads are not fully focused on driving.
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