PennDOT: Highway crashes down statewide, fatalities increase slightly

There were fewer crashes on highways across the state last year.

The number of fatalities increased slightly; however, highways deaths in 2012 are the third lowest on record, according to a news release from the state Department of Transportation.

Here’s a look at some numbers:

  • 1,310 people killed in crashes on state roads in 2012. That’s 24 more than in 2011.
  • 124,062 crashes reported on state roads in 2012. That’s a decrease from 125,322 in 2011.
  • 44 teens (16 and 17 year olds) killed in crashes last year. That’s 22 fewer than in 2011.
  • 1,096 crashes reported in which drivers were using phones. That’s down from 1,152 in 2011.
  • 377 fatalities involved a drinking driver. That’s down from 391 in 2011.
  • 57 fatalities involved distracted drivers. That’s a decrease from 59 in 2011.
  • 137 fatalities involved hitting a guiderail. That’s 25 less than the year before.
  • 21 fatalities involved running a red light. That’s down from 33 in 2011.
Some categories saw increases in traffic deaths:
  • 276 drivers ages 65 and older were killed in crashes last year. That’s up from 244 in 2011.
  • 168 pedestrians were killed in 2012. That’s up from 149 the previous year.
  • 210 motorcycle fatalities were reported last year. That’s up from 199 in 2011.
State officials say changes in the law, such as increased driving safety requirements for young drivers and the texting while driving ban, helped to reduce fatalities.
What do you think?  What should be done to help decrease highway deaths even more? 

 


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