U.S. Dangerous Driving Culture
Monday, August 01, 2016By Richard Alexander
The Lancet recently reported on the unacceptably high rates of injury-causing and deadly crashes in the U.S. and on the culture of dangerous driving across the nation. A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that when compared with 19 other high-income countries, the USA had the highest rate of motor vehicle crash fatalities and was nearly twice as high as the comparison countries.
In 2013, 32,894 people died in car crashes across the country. That’s a death rate of 10:3 per 100,000 population.
The only positive finding was that the crash fatality rate has gone down 31 percent from the year 2000.
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Our experience, now confirmed by major studies, is that the majority of the contributing factors in these deadly crashes are associated with the American dangerous driving culture.
- Alcohol and Drug Impaired Driving
- Distracted Driving
- Aggressive Driving
Two of the most dangerous factors associated with the high injury and fatality rates are drunk driving and failing to buckle up. Crashes involving drunk drivers caused about a third of U.S. crashes. Wrecks due to alcohol impaired driving are 100 percent preventable.
Additionally, America is one of the lowest ranking countries for seat belt use. Only about 87 percent of motorists use front seat belts and 78 percent used rear seat belts. According to the CDC, approximately 3,000 lives could be saved each year by increasing seat belt use to 100 percent. Eliminating drunk driving altogether could save an additional 10,000 lives. Fortunately California drivers wear seatbelts 96% of the time.