Surprise for El Paso drivers: Japan’s roads are safer!
So are New Zealand roads and roads in France, Israel and Sweden. They are among 19 high income countries with much lower traffic death rates than the U.S., according to a 2016 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report called Vital Signs. The CDC report was based on fatal accident rates in those countries between 2000 and 2013.
If U.S. death rates had dropped like Sweden’s – the country with the lowest accident death rate in the study – an estimated 24,000 Americans would not have lost their lives in 2013.
While the 19 high income countries, to which the U.S. was compared, successfully reduced their roadway death rates between 2000 and 2013, American fatality rates skyrocketed, especially in the last three years. Safety experts are calling the increase a “crisis on U.S. roads.”
As The New York Times reported in February 2017, the jump in the U.S. death rate in 2015 and 2016 is “the largest” in more than half a century. By the end of 2016, The National Safety Council had reported more than 40,000 deaths on American roads.
Texas’ staggering roadway death toll not declining
Since November 7, 2000, Texas’ last death free day, people have died by the hundreds every year on roads in the Lone Star State. There is a fatality “every two and a half hours on Texas streets,” according to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and “someone is injured every two minutes.” More than 50,000 people were killed on Texas roads between 2000 and 2016, prompting The Insurance Council to call Texas highways “a dangerous form of travel.”
Traffic deaths in El Paso are rising along with its population. An estimated 13,994 people moved to El Paso in one year – from 2015 to 2016 – making it the “highest jump” in El Paso County’s population in at least six years. The increase was the largest in one year in all of Texas’ 64 counties. The growth rate has put more cars on El Paso roadways.
More traffic leads to more accidents. In 2014, 81 people lost their lives in traffic accidents in El Paso and Hudspeth counties – the El Paso Statistical Metropolitan Area. In 2016, the death toll rose to 94 victims, according to the Texas Transportation Department (TxDOT). Safety experts attribute the jump in deaths to population growth, the nation’s improving economy, drunk driving, drugged driving, lack of seat belt use and distracted driving.
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