CT compares well in rates of motor vehicle and drunk-driving deaths

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Connecticut has the fifth-lowest rate of motor vehicle-related deaths in the country, according to 2012 data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About 4.1 residents per 100,000 died in the state. Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey ranked ahead with rates of 2.9, 3.1, and 3.6 respectively.

More than 30,000 people are killed in crashes every year, according to the CDC. It’s among the top 10 causes of death among people younger than 54. The center estimated that the crash deaths resulted in $4 billion in medical and work-loss costs.

In 2013, about 300 people in Connecticut were killed in motor vehicle crashes. That amounts to $407 million for the cost of crash-related deaths, according to the CDC.

Connecticut ties with New Hampshire at eighth lowest in the country for the rate of death from drunk driving. About 2.4 people per 100,000 died as a result of impaired driving.

According to a survey from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance, about 2.1 percent of drivers in Connecticut admitted to driving after drinking too much.

About 87 percent of respondents to the National Occupant Protection Use Survey in Connecticut said they used seat belts. That’s 1 percent ahead of the national average of 86 percent.

What do you think?

  • Joseph Brzezinski

    I wonder how much of the good news on road deaths can be attributed to bad roads and high liquor costs from minimum pricing….

    • Andrew Ba Tran

      Good points. There’s raw data out there on crashes that include exact location http://www.ctcrash.uconn.edu/ which might be interesting to see if there are any clusters by the borders or by areas with construction.