Motorists could achieve another all-time low in 2014, too, if everyone could take their responsibility to drive safely more seriously. The major causes of the fatalities are largely within our control and preventable – seat belt use, speeding, DUI, distracted driving and single vehicle crashes – often from falling asleep or inattentiveness.
Don’t drive if you haven’t had enough sleep, if you’ve been drinking alcohol, or you can’t put your phone down long enough to drive safely to your destination.
The total of 1,208 fatalities in 2013 was down from 1,310 the previous year and was the lowest number since traffic records began being logged in 1928.
By the numbers:
Deaths were down:
- Among those not wearing seat belts (425, down from 503 the previous year).
- Speeding accidents (193, down from 262).
- Single-vehicle crashes (566, down from 648).
- DUI-related fatalities dropped to 342, down 35 from the prior year and the lowest total since 1977, when the state started keeping records of drunken-driving deaths.
More fatalities were linked to:
- Distracted driving (64, up from 57).
- Head-on collisions or sideswipes (178, up from 148).
- Drivers 75 years old and older (142, up from 126).
Don’t relax and think Pennsylvania roads are safer. Accident records go up and down year to year. Just do your part to make the roads safer. Be alert, be sober and be vigilant. Watch for pedestrians, motorcyclists, bicyclists and any other danger in the road, such as potholes.
Never let your guard down when you are driving.
Thanks for reading,