For Immediate Release
November 2010 Crash Report Card
The Springfield Public Works Department's November 2010 Crash Report Card shows there were 16 fatal crashes (resulting in 18 total fatalities) from January 1 through November 30 of 2010, compared to eight fatal crashes in the same period in 2009. The number of injury crashes is up by less than 1 percent and total number of crashes is about 1 percent lower compared to the same period in 2009.
March Safety Message
This month's safety message addresses drunk driving. According to the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) report for 2009, on average a traffic fatality occurred every 50 minutes involving an alcohol-impaired driver with a BAC (blood alcohol content) of .08 or higher, claiming a total of 10,839 lives nationwide. Around 70 percent of drivers involved in a fatal drunk driving crash had a BAC of 0.15 or higher.
In Missouri, there were 878 recorded fatalities in 2009. Of those, 300 people were killed in a crash involving a driver that had been drinking alcoholic beverages. Missouri's Alcohol Impaired Fatality Rate in 2009 was 5.0 deaths per 100,000 population, while the national average was 3.5 deaths per 100,000.
Twelve of the 18 traffic fatalities in Springfield in the first 11 months of 2010 were due to impaired drivers. These tragedies are 100 percent preventable. If you choose to consume alcohol at any time, it is your responsibility to plan ahead by calling a taxi or having a designated sober driver so that you do not have to drive. If leaving your car behind is not an option, there are many affordable companies that will shuttle your vehicle home. Please drive responsibly.
For more information contact Mandy Büttgen at the Traffic Engineering Department at (417) 864-1980.