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Motor Vehicle Safety. Areas of Concern. Impaired Driving Teen Driving Occupant Restraints Distracted Driving Mature Drivers Speeding. Current Data. *as reported in Injury Facts® 2008. Current Data. Impaired Driving About 41% of fatalities Teen Driving

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Motor vehicle safety

Motor Vehicle Safety

Areas of concern

Areas of Concern

  • Impaired Driving

  • Teen Driving

  • Occupant Restraints

  • Distracted Driving

  • Mature Drivers

  • Speeding

Current data

Current Data

*as reported in Injury Facts® 2008

Current data1

Current Data

Impaired Driving

  • About 41% of fatalities

    Teen Driving

  • Age 15-20: leading cause of death

  • Risks include: inexperience, teen passengers and night driving

Current data2

Current Data

Occupant Restraints

  • 40% of fatalities are unbelted

  • Reduce the risk of injury by 50% and the risk of death by 45%

    Distracted Driving

  • 78% of crashes

  • 65% of near crashes

Current data3

Current Data

Mature Driving 65+

  • Lowest rates of performance and learning


  • 31% of all traffic fatalities– unchanged over the last decade

Understanding the data

Understanding the Data

Impaired Driving

  • One fatality every 30 minutes

  • Costs $38.6 billion to society annually

  • Males - 81% of impaired drivers in 2006

*as reported in Injury Facts® 2008

Understanding the data1

Understanding the Data

Teen Driving

  • 8,177 deaths annually

  • 12.9% of drivers in a fatal crash

*as reported in Injury Facts® 2008

Understanding the data2

Understanding the Data

Teen Driving cont.

Crash involvement drops with experience

Understanding the data3

Understanding the Data

Occupant Restraints

  • 16,836 deaths annually

  • About 183,000 nonfatal injuries

  • Seatbelt use by the driver strongly influences the restraint status of child passengers

Understanding the data4

Understanding the Data

Distracted Drivers

  • Contributing factor in approximately ¾ of all crashes

  • Wireless devices:

    • Most common incident causing distraction

    • Hand held to hands free– no improvement

  • Cell phone: reaction time comparable to that of a .08 BAC

Understanding the data5

Understanding the Data

Mature Drivers 65+

  • 14% of licensed drivers

  • 8,400 of fatal accidents annually

  • Risks:

    • Adult learning needs

    • Physical effects of aging

    • Personal driving habits

Understanding the data6

Understanding the Data


  • 13,543 deaths annualy

  • 37 vehicle occupants per day are killed

  • More common among young male drivers

Challenges issues

Challenges & Issues

Solution prevention


Nsc strategy to address data

NSC Strategy to Address Data

  • Document science and evaluate solutions

  • Develop programs

  • Seek legislation: connect national to local interests

  • Develop recognized expertise

  • Create partnerships

  • Develop NSC public policy statements

  • Work the issue at every level

Activities involvement

Activities & Involvement

  • Share what you’ve learned today

  • Continue learning –

  • Take an NSC Defensive Driving course


  • Make your concerns heard – contact your Congress representative

  • Attend the International Symposium of Distracted Driving October 14-15, 2008

You can get involved

You Can Get Involved

Impaired Driving

  • Don’t drive if under the influence of drugs or alcohol

    Teen Driving


  • Establish rules and enforce them

    • No passengers

    • No wireless devices of any kind

    • No drugs/alcohol– ever

    • Limited night driving

    • Use of appropriate vehicle

You can get involved cont

You Can Get Involved (cont.)

Occupant Restraints

  • All passengers of all ages buckle up with appropriate restraints

    Distracted Driving

  • Minimize distractions

    • No wireless device use while driving

  • Companies – implement a driving policy

You can get involved cont1

You Can Get Involved (cont.)

  • Test perception of space and distance

  • Regularly test vision and hearing

  • Obey posted speed limits

  • Be aware of your speed and adjust it as road conditions change

You can get involved cont2

You Can Get Involved (cont.)

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