The Traffic Safety Problem



 



 





Overall-Defensive-ClassWe are the ones who are in control; we are the ones who can save lives by practicing common sense safe driving techniques and obeying all traffic laws. Every time we get in a vehicle, we're literally taking our lives into our own hands, and we may very well be causing the death of others.

In 2006, according to the NTSHA, Harris County accident fatalities for various types of collisions were: (see table below ).

  2006
Fatalities Rank Within
State
Total
324
1
Alcohol-Related Crashes
207
1
Single Vehicle Crashes
180
1
Non-Junction Crashes
221
1
Within Intersection Crashes
56
1
Intersection-Related Crashes
17
2
Speeding Involved Crashes
132
1
Pedestrians
66
1
Pedalcyclists
5
1
Large Truck Involved Crashes
34
1
Roadway Departure Crashes
145
1
Passenger Car Occupants
115
1
Light Truck/Van Occupants
95
1
Total Occupants (not including Motorcycles)
212
1
Motorcycle Riders
37
1
Rank =1 indicates Highest Number of Fatalities or Fatality Rate in State.

Harris County ranked #1 in all but one of these categories, but it is also the most populous county. That translates to 8.34 deaths per 100,000 residents. There are even more deadly places to drive. Loving County, with only two fatalities, had 3333.33 deaths per 100,000 residents! Bexer, Dallas, Tarrant and Travis counties all had higher fatality rates than Harris County.

Alcohol related collisions are a serious problem in Harris County as well as in Texas and the nation as a whole. As seen in the chart above, 207 of the 324 fatalities were alcohol related. That means 2 out of 3 collisions that resulted in a fatality were alcohol related.

 
The Overall Traffic Problem: Traffic Safety Overall Defensive Class