Aggressive driving, speeding, alcohol, and sleepiness remain the primary causes behind automobile fatalities, according to newly released information based upon research conducted by an array of federal agencies and consumer groups says Sheriff Mike Tregre.
Statistics gathered by the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA, for example, showed that 43,443 people were killed in automobile accidents during 2005, the most recent survey year. Despite a 3% decrease, the number nationally remains unacceptably high and reveals the challenges faced by local and regional law enforcement agencies.
“During the summer when there are more cars on the road, drivers forget the basic rule of driving, which is to always drive defensively,” said Sheriff Tregre. “This remains the single most important principle of safe driving.”
Meanwhile, the NHTSA study found that more than 15,000 passenger vehicle occupants died in traffic crashes between the nighttime hours of 6:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M.. Other disturbing findings revealed that an estimated 1,000 drivers are killed each month in high speed-related crashes -- 66% of those incidents involving a single automobile. Added Sheriff Tregre, “And, let’s not forget to factor in the ever-present problem of drinking and driving.” In 2004, more than 16,600 people lost their lives as a result of alcohol-impaired vehicle operators.
With this in mind, Sheriff Tregre has some practical advice to help keep you and your family safe on the roads this summer:
Sheriff Tregre concluded, “Drive defensively every time you get behind the wheel of your car. Make it your habit. Keep your summer safe.”
Date: June 29, 2012