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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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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

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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
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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
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Current Data

Mature Driving 65+

  • Lowest rates of performance and learning


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

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Understanding the Data

Teen Driving

  • 8,177 deaths annually
  • 12.9% of drivers in a fatal crash

*as reported in Injury Facts® 2008

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Understanding the Data

Teen Driving cont.

Crash involvement drops with experience

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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
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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
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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
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Understanding the Data


  • 13,543 deaths annualy
  • 37 vehicle occupants per day are killed
  • More common among young male drivers
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
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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
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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
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You Can Get Involved (cont.)

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