Reduced Car Accident Fatalities in MarylandMay 28, 2019
A group of policymakers, safety advocates, agency leaders, and other community leaders met at the annual Maryland Highway Safety Summit recently to discuss strategies to reduce injuries and fatalities caused by car accidents. According to statistics released at the meeting, the number of traffic fatalities in Maryland in 2018 was 8.5 percent lower compared to 2017. In Washington County, the number of fatalities remained the same. The goal of the summit is to identify and implement a highway safety plan that would reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries by half by 2030.
The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) reported that 511 people were killed in car accidents in 2018, compared to 558 fatalities in 2017. In Washington County, 14 people were killed in 2017 and 2018. To meet the goal of reducing fatalities by 50 percent, the summit leaders addressed a wide range of issues, including traffic safety, aggressive and distracted driving, highway infrastructure, seat belt use, and pedestrian and bicycle safety. Education, engineering, enforcement, and emergency medical services, known as the four Es, are the foundation for these efforts.
Goal of Zero Fatalities
While the 8.5 percent reduction in fatalities is certainly a step in the right direction, even one car accident fatality is one too many, said the MDOT Deputy Secretary. Every car accident is preventable if motorists follow the rules of the road, and the MDOT ensures that the roadways are safe and in good condition. Ultimately, the goal is to eliminate all traffic fatalities and continue to examine new strategies to improve safety.
Law enforcement officials, including the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Chief, says that too many motorists fail to wear their seat belt, whether they are behind the wheel or a passenger. Speeding, impaired driving, and distracted driving also continue to be a top cause of fatal car accidents. Pedestrians and bicyclists are particularly vulnerable to being fatally injured because there is nothing protecting them from the impact of the motor vehicle in an accident.
One of the speakers at the summit discussed her own experience as a distracted driver. She was looking at her phone when she rear-ended a stopped vehicle. The impact forced the car into oncoming traffic and the vehicle was hit, killing the man who was inside the car. The MDOT and other safety officials remind motorists to keep the following steps in mind:
- Always wear seat belts
- Obey the speed limit
- Avoid distractions
- Do not drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Pedestrians should use crosswalks and drivers should be aware of their surroundings
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