HSRG Releases 2012 Louisiana Traffic Records Data Report
December 17, 2013
BATON ROUGE – The Highway Safety Research Group at the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business has released the 2012 Louisiana Traffic Records Report. This year’s report shows a decrease in driver deaths, but the total highway fatality rate increased mostly due to more deaths involving pedestrians and bicycle riders.
The report indicates the following occurrences:
- Highway deaths totaled 722 last year, compared to 676 in 2011.
- Seat belt use increased to 82.5 percent in 2013, the highest level recorded since the state began compiling such information.
- 54 percent of drivers killed were not wearing seat belts.
- The percentage of alcohol-related crash deaths remained at 41 percent for the third consecutive year, down from 46 percent in 2009.
- Alcohol-involved crash deaths were significantly higher in South Louisiana than in
the northern regions of the state.
The main contributing factors to Louisiana’s 2012 traffic fatalities were a low percentage use of safety belts, alcohol and aggressive driving, according to the report.
About the Highway Safety Research Group
The Highway Safety Research Group is a division of the Stephenson Department of Entrepreneurship and Information Systems within the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business. HSRG collects, maintains, analyzes and distributes crash data to support public policy decisions in Louisiana. Through a grant from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the HSRG developed a software program, LACRASH, which has revolutionized the way traffic accidents are reported. For more, visit hsrg.lsu.edu.
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Contact: Helmut Schneider