Saturday, December 1, 2007

Time To Say Something Nice: State Attacks Teen Driving Accident Problem

In response to my recent Rant & Rave post (sorry readers), someone requested that I say something nice for a change. Here it is:

In the good news department, the Illinois State Police recently won an award from the Roadway Safety Foundation and the Federal Highway Administration for the ISP's Tazewell County Teen Initiative. (Press release; article) The Tazewell program was as follows:

The Tazewell County Teen Initiative was developed to address the number of teenage drivers that died between March 2005 and July 2006 on Tazewell County roadways. During that time, 15 teenagers lost their lives, sparking a cry for action. The Illinois State Police District 8, along with the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Tazewell County Sheriff and the Tazewell County Coroner, teamed up to form the multifaceted public awareness campaign targeted to schools, hospitals, emergency response teams, media and the private sector. Since the program was launched there have been no teen traffic fatalities in Tazewell County.

The ISP, the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois Secretary of State, in conjunction with other public agencies and the Ford Motor Company, are expanding the program statewide. (Press release) The program is called Operation Teen Safe Driving
and is being funded by a $150,000 IDOT grant.

Teen drivers account for a disproportionate share of auto accidents and fatalities. In addition to Operation Teen Safe Driving, the State has enacted new laws directed at teenage drivers. SB 172 (P.A. 95-310) extends the time for a learners permit from three months to nine months, extends curfews for teen drivers and doubles from six to 12 months the time during which a driver under 18 with a graduated drivers license may carry only one unrelated passenger under the age of 20, excluding siblings. HB 518 (P.A. 95-201) authorizes the Secretary of State of establish a website so parents can check the driving records of their children.

This expanded program appears to be a nice example of a public-private partnership for a good end. It is disturbing that a single downed jetliner with the loss of a couple hundred lives gets front page coverage while the over 40,000 annual fatalities on our highways are treated as some sort of inexorable fact of nature. It is great to see IDOT and the ISP attacking the auto accident problem and the complacency that surrounds that problem.

22 comments:

Rick Powell said...

I've seen a general trend in trying to provide more automobile and roadway safety. True, traffic deaths in IL are at 60-year historically low levels even as vehicle miles and hours of travel are on the upswing, but as the moderator points out, this still translates to over 1,000 deaths and tens of thousands of injuries each year in IL. It has been said that one death is a tragedy, a million deaths are a statistic. Yet, each family grieving a death or loss of one of its breadwinners to incapacitating injury, feels the pain of these accidents in a way that no statistic can portray.

Roadway design and conditions, and vehicle design and state of mechanical repair, can account for abvout 30% of accidents by some studies. The other 70% is driver behavior. Programs such as the ISP/IDOT teen driving effort target the efforts where they can do the most good, especially among a high risk group within the greatest accident factor.

The previous efforts against intoxicated driving and vehicle safety features seem to have paid off. Some further opportunities for reduction and remediation of accidents are now with teen drivers and distracted driving(i.e. cell phones, etc.), elimination of roadside hazards, as well as improvements in response time and medical technology.

Anonymous said...

"In 2005, the fatal crash involvement rate per 100,000 population was
almost 3 times higher for male drivers than for females.
Males accounted for 70 percent of all traffic fatalities, 70 percent of all
pedestrian fatalities, and 87 percent of all pedalcyclist fatalities in 2005." National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.

In fact, the safety record of teenage female drivers is better than their 30 year old male counterparts. I have both a teenage son and daughter, and am disappointed to see my daughter penalized for bad driving behavior of her with laws aimed at so-called "bad teenage drivers." I also want my son to be safe, so I am happy for educational programs and disagree with license restrictions. However, we ought to be more honest about where the problem lies. We'd certainly be hearing about it if the genders were reversed.

Anonymous said...

Valid point - does anyone have a breakdown on vmt and vht by sex? Exposure is everything when it comes to accidents, not rates per population. The more hours and miles you drive, the more likely you are to be in an accident, which might explain some of the difference. This does not excuse riskier behavior by males -speeding, DUI, etc. which almost certainly is a higher contributing factor with male accident rates, and that should be targeted in any crash reduction program.

That being said, I have seen some bizarre accident reports involving both males and females, including an intoxicated woman who drove half a mile into a farm field after blowing through a rural T-intersection before she realized where she was. Dumb behavior knows no sex, even if it is more often practiced by the male of the species.

Anonymous said...

According to a report on 2004 statistics based on the Fatal Accident Reporting System (FARS), in 2004 25,000 males were killed , 80% (20,000) were drivers. 12,000 females were killed, about 55%
(6700) were drivers. Male driving results in a much higher rate of death than female driving does, 20,000 vs. 6700 if you just look at driver death as an indicator.

If you select an age where you might think the amount of time spent driving would be similar, say 35-44 years old, the rate of drivers killed per 100,000 licensed drivers is 39 men vs. 13 women. In the highest accident rate teen years 16 - 20, the women's rate is 38/100,000 but you don't see the male rates approach that low level until the 35-44 age bracket.

On the other hand, nonfatal injury accidents are more evenly split, nearly 50/50 for all years, and that does have the highest rate in the younger years with a steady decline as you rise in age. The same is true for property damage accidents. The rates for these types of accidents are much higher than fatal accidents.

The shocking fatal crashes grab our attention but they are more a male/speeding/drinking phenomena and not a "teenage driver" problem. Regular crashes that we normally don't even hear about are a larger problem that may be helped with education but also may be mostly helped by experience.

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家出 said...

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素人 said...

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友達募集中 said...

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Pheobe said...

Little doubt, the dude is completely just.