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A new report from GHSA predicts that 6,590 pedestrian fatalities occurred in 2019, the highest number in more than 30 years. (Figures by state, below.)
Alcohol-impaired Driving Fatalities in the USA
According to the ‘Road Safety Annual Report 2019 – USA’, there were 10,874 fatalities in “alcohol-impaired driving crashes.”
I’ve just had a great conversation, this evening, with a pilot who was at the next table to mine at dinner.
Our initial topic came from him and was about the safety comparison between air travel and driving, so I asked whether he was aware that for every person killed in commercial flights worldwide, each year, over 2,160 people are killed in road crashes. Yes, a ratio of more than 2,000-to-1, and even the number of people killed annually just on America’s roads is over 60-times greater than the total number of plane-crash fatalities worldwide.
Rudi M. Haskins
34 years of age, of Laramie, WY
According to Wyoming Highway Patrol, around 7:51 p.m. on Sunday, October 20, 2019, a fatal crash occurred near milepost 305 on Interstate 80 west of Laramie…
Alexis “Lexi” Faye (17) NJ
Around 5:30pm on Saturday, May 11, 2019, a teen driver crashed a Mercedes sedan at 118 mph in a 40 mph limit at Greendale Road, Fredon, NJ, resulting in the death of his friend Alexis “Lexi” Faye.
The driver has now been sentenced to three years in a state youth detention facility after pleading guilty to death by auto and violating a public safety law resulting in serious bodily injury.
RS-USA Comment: Beyond the unspeakable tragedy of this incident, it is high-time the media — such as Fox News this time — became responsible enough to report such events as crashes, not accidents. The driver on this occasion most certainly cannot claim that his alleged speed of 118 mph in a 40 mph limit is somehow “accidental,” or that the fact he then lost control of the vehicle, which ran off the road and rolled over, is somehow “accidental.”
For many years, there has been a tendency to state that ‘x’ days of road fatalities are the same as a full Jumbo Jet airliner crashing, but no matter how effective the comparison is intended to be, this relies on both the teller and the listener knowing – for example – which size of Jumbo jet one is talking about; there are several different passenger-carrying capacities so even though it is a big plane the concept is a bit vague.
TRAFFIC SAFETY FACTSHEET — August 2019