New information released by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) shows traffic-related deaths in the commonwealth were the second lowest in 88 years.
Because car wrecks can cause serious injuries, loss of life and extensive property damage, this information is good news for Pennsylvania residents concerned about highway safety.
According to PennDOT’s statistics, the lowest number of collisions on record occurred in 2014, with 1,195 traffic-related fatalities. In 2015, only five more people were killed in auto accidents than in 2014. Other promising statistics include a decrease in deaths of older drivers, a decrease in fatalities from collisions at intersections and a decrease of crashes caused by aggressive drivers.
However, while overall traffic deaths have declined in Pennsylvania, PennDOT reported an increase in fatalities involving single vehicle accidents. From 2014 to 2015, more deaths occurred from vehicles running off a road and hitting stationary objects, such as trees or telephone poles.
Through education, outreach and help from local law enforcement, PennDOT’s goal is to reduce the amount of traffic-related deaths from all types of collisions, as well as reduce the overall number of accidents in Pennsylvania each year.
Over the past five years, PennDOT and its partners have spent an estimated $50 million to improve Pennsylvania’s infrastructure. They have added highway markings to increase visibility for drivers, and they have added numerous rumble strips to help prevent head-on collisions and accidents caused by running off the road. Rumble strips can also alert distracted or drowsy drivers when they are moving out of their lane.
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