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Louisiana. 2006 Traffic Records Data Report. lhsc.lsu.edu. Presented by Dr. Helmut Schneider November 11, 2007. Contents. 1. Overview. 2. The Cost of Crashes. 3. Key Issues. 4. Progress and Exposure. Changes 2005-2006 in parenthesis. Crash Overview. Of the 985 fatalities:.

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2006 Traffic Records

Data Report


Presented by Dr. Helmut Schneider

November 11, 2007





The Cost of Crashes


Key Issues


Progress and Exposure

Louisiana s fatality rates
Louisiana’s Fatality Rates

Louisiana’s goal for mileage fatality rates in 2010 is 1.5.

Cost of crashes for louisiana
Cost of Crashes for Louisiana

  • $6.03 billion dollars for the citizens of Louisiana

  • This accounts for about 4.5% of personal income

  • $2,104 for every licensed driver in Louisiana

    (based on 2.869 million licensed drivers

Source: Cost estimates are based on a study conducted by NHTSA in 2000 “The Economic Impact of Motor Vehicle Crashes” (DOT HS 809446).

Pareto the 20 80 rule
ParetoThe 20-80 Rule

80% of the problems come from 20% of the causes

Separate the Vital Few from the

Trivial Many

Vilfredo Pareto, 1848-1923

Over 84 of driver fatalities involve one of these three factors of the driver killed
Over 84% of driver fatalities involve one of these three factors of the driver killed.




Includes only cars, PKUP and vans

Seat belts
Seat Belts factors of the driver killed.

The seat belt dilemma
The Seat Belt Dilemma factors of the driver killed.

Perceptions and believes
Perceptions and Believes factors of the driver killed.

Seat belt usage 1991 2007
Seat Belt Usage 1991-2007 factors of the driver killed.

Seat belt usage by region
Seat Belt Usage by Region factors of the driver killed.

Not wearing a safety belt remains the leading cause of death in motor vehicle crashes
Not Wearing a Safety Belt Remains the Leading Cause of Death in Motor Vehicle Crashes

  • While 25% of occupants do not wear a seatbelts, they make up 62% of killed occupants.

Alcohol in Motor Vehicle Crashes

The issues1
The Issues in Motor Vehicle Crashes

The cost of alcohol related crashes for louisisna
The Cost of Alcohol-Related Crashes for in Motor Vehicle CrashesLouisisna

  • $1.15 Billion in 2006

  • $403 for every licensed driver

  • Including pain and suffering

    • $2.9 Billion in 2006

    • $1,022 for every licensed driver

Alcohol related crashes
Alcohol-Related Crashes in Motor Vehicle Crashes

Submits and convictions
Submits and Convictions in Motor Vehicle Crashes

According to Bob Thompson this data may be unreliable because of reporting issues.

Alcohol crashes of youth
Alcohol Crashes of Youth in Motor Vehicle Crashes

Alcohol related crashes all ages
Alcohol-Related Crashes in Motor Vehicle Crashesall Ages

Identifying problem areas
Identifying Problem Areas in Motor Vehicle Crashes

  • Parishes

  • Regions

  • Time of day & day of week

  • GIS Maps

Parishes in Motor Vehicle Crashes

Company Logo in Motor Vehicle Crashes

Alcohol Crashes in Lafayette in Motor Vehicle Crashes

Aggressive driving
Aggressive Driving in Motor Vehicle Crashes

Aggressive driving1
Aggressive in Motor Vehicle CrashesDriving

Aggressive driving predicaments
Aggressive Driving Predicaments in Motor Vehicle Crashes

  • We all know it when we see it.

  • Defining it in operational terms is difficult.

  • How would it be applied?

  • “Careless Operation” seems to be a “catch all” for speeding and other aggressive driving already.

Distractions in Motor Vehicle Crashes

  • Cell Phone - 10

  • Other electronic Devices - 2

  • Other inside - 19

  • Other outside - 29

Cell phone use 2005 in parenthesis
Cell Phone use in Motor Vehicle Crashes(2005 in parenthesis)

Ems average time to hospital
EMS: Average time to hospital in Motor Vehicle Crashes

  • Urban 30 min.

  • Rural 50 min.

Motorcycle in Motor Vehicle Crashes

  • This analysis only considers motorcycles with two wheels on public roads. Dirt bikes on public roads are included, but no ATVs.

    • Only 2-wheel motorcycles or 3-wheel motorcycle with side compartment

    • Including 2-wheel off-road vehicles on public roads

    • Excluding all 4-wheel or 3-wheel off road vehicles

Motorcycle endorsement
Motorcycle Endorsement in Motor Vehicle Crashes

  • Motorcycles, motor driven cycles, and motorized bicycles are not be given a separate class, as such, but their use shall be provided for by making an endorsement.

  • Such an endorsement shall be made only after the applicant has taken and successfully passed tests specifically designed for the operation of such vehicles.

  • To comply with this law, the operator of any motorcycle, motor driven cycle or motorized bicycle (moped), in excess of 5 horsepower, regardless of maximum speed, or size of motor, must have an "M" endorsement on one of the basic classes of operator's license to operate such vehicle on the streets, highways, or roadways in Louisiana.

Motorcycle fatalities
Motorcycle Fatalities in Motor Vehicle Crashes

Motorcycle riders in crashes 2002 2006
Motorcycle Riders in Crashes Louisiana 2002-2006

A cost of $1.7 Billion

to the Citizens

of Louisiana

in the past 5 years

Fatality by alcohol and helmet use average 4 5
Fatality by Louisiana Alcohol and Helmet UseAverage 4.5%

The endorsement issue
The ENDORSEMENT Issue Louisiana

  • Only 36% of motorcycle riders in crashes had an endorsement

  • What does that mean? Did the other 64%

    • Never have an endorsement?

    • Had an endorsement not renewed?

The benefit of helmet use
The Benefit of Helmet Use Louisiana

  • The risk of fatal injuries in crashes doubles when motorcycle riders do not wear a helmet (6.5% versus 3.9%).

  • The risk of critical injury in a crash increases when motorcycle riders do not wear a helmet (10.5% versus 7.3%).

  • However, alcohol is a much larger contributing factor to the death rate than wearing a helmet (18.7% versus 3.2%).

  • Over the next 5 years helmet use could save $730 million for Louisiana citizens.

Progress versus exposure
Progress versus Exposure Louisiana

Progress in Safety

Increase in Exposure

  • Increase in set belt use from 2000 to 2006

  • Some progress with reducing alcohol related crashes for minors

  • Other non measureable progress

    • Public awareness

    • Road safety

  • Increase in vehicle miles driven

  • Increase in SUVs

  • Increase in motorcycles on roads

Maps Louisiana

  • Google maps

  • Google Earth