HSRG Releases 2013 Louisiana Traffic Records Data Report

Traffic Data Report cover 2013

Louisiana Traffic Records Data Report 2013

October 26, 2014

BATON ROUGE - The Highway Safety Research Group at the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business has released the 2013 Louisiana Traffic Records Data Report. According to Helmut Schneider, executive director of the group and chair of the E. J. Ourso College’s Department of Information Systems & Decision Sciences, early submission of traffic crash statistics this year is due to the cooperation of more than 190 police agencies in Louisiana and their use of the LACRASH software.

According to Schneider, this year’s report shows a decrease in alcohol-related crashes and overall fatalities, while injury crashes had a slight increase from the previous year.

The report covering 2013 indicates the following occurrences:

  • 651 fatal crashes (-0.5%)
  • 703 fatalities (-2.9%)
  • 70.6 thousand injuries (-2.5%)
  • 109.7 thousand property-damage-only crashes(+1.7%)

The main contributing factors of Louisiana’s 2013 traffic fatalities continue to be alcohol use and lack of safety belt usage, according to Schneider.

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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