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.”
In the 1960s, as a boy still at home with my parents, I started to see early road safety messages on British television, and key among these were film clips about not drinking alcohol and then driving.
The following decade, I joined the police — first in a three-year cadetship in which college played a major role, then as an officer. And during those early police years, I started to more fully understand the tragic devastation caused by people who drink alcohol before driving.
The video above is from 1978, my second year on Traffic Patrol
Because of the complexity of the subject, the finalized crash and casualty statistics for 2017 have just been released by NHTSA.
In that year, in the USA, there were an estimated 6,452,000 police-reported traffic crashes, in which 37,133 people were killed and approximately 2,746,000 people were injured.
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